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Banana walnut cake

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(Updated) Moist but not dense, this banana walnut cake is light, not excessively sweet and there’s the added pleasure of getting some crunch from the walnuts and the streusel topping.

Based on a banana cake recipe from the web site of Sylvia Reynoso Gala, I substituted melted butter for the cooking oil because, in my experience, butter gives cake better flavor. And I omitted the molasses because the photo of the baked cake in Mrs. Gala’s site looked too terribly dark for my taste.

Because I like nuts, into the cake went some chopped walnuts. Why add a streusel topping? Because I love streusel topped cakes. Without icing or frosting, most cakes look plain. But with a streusel topping, a cake is magically transformed both in texture and in appearance. And when the streusel topping includes chopped nuts, ahh, it is just lovely.

Banana walnut cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
Author: Connie Veneracion
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup low fat milk
  • 225 grams butter melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups mashed overripe bananas (I used 5 lacatan)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts tossed with 1 teaspoon of flour
For the streusel topping:
  • 1/2 cup chilled butter cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts tossed with 1 teaspoon of flour
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/4 c. of brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. of white sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Place the eggs, sugars, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon nutmeg in a bowl. Mix (I used an electric mixer) at medium speed for about two minutes.
  3. Add the milk to the cooled butter. Pour into the bowl and beat on low speed for a minute.
  4. Add the flour and rolled oats. Mix on low until the mixture is smooth, about one minute.
  5. Add the bananas and chopped walnuts. Mix over medium speed for 30 seconds.
  6. Mix the ingredients for the streusel topping until they resemble coarse crumbs.
  7. Pour the mixture in a cake pan. I used a 12-inch round silicone pan. If you’re using a regular pan, you will have to line the bottom with baking paper. Sprinkle the streusel mixture on top. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes. After an hour, test the cake by inserting a skewer at the center. Do this every ten minutes to make sure that as soon as the cake is done, it gets taken out of the oven immediately.
  8. Banana walnut cake
  9. The original recipe said let the cake cool in the pan before inverting to a plate. I couldn’t wait that long. After 10 minutes, I inverted the cake to a plate and re-inverted it to another plate. It is quite alright to serve the banana walnut cake warm. It was delicious with coffee and we had it for our afternoon snack earlier today.
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