Ever had a situation when you bring nice yellow bananas and within a few days it turns dark brown with black patches and then no one in the house wants to eat it. But I hate to let food go to waste so more often than not I end-up making eggless banana cake.
This banana walnut cake tastes great with cream cheese frosting but just to keep it a little healthy I have skipped the icing.
Why make a cake in bread machine
Baking cake in the bread machine takes away a lot of effort required in baking a cake in the oven like mixing, transferring to a baking tray, dusting the tray, preheating the oven, etc. I was not very keen to make it in the oven due to the increased amount of work.
But the bread machine has changed my perception, as the entire process has become so simple. Recently, I wanted to try it out in my bread machine to simplify the process so, I gave it a try.
It just requires all ingredients to be placed in the right order and selecting the right cycle. All the work of mixing and baking is contained in a small box which is so impressive to watch.
As expected and to my delight, the process was easy and also cake turned out perfect. I couldn't wait to share it with you all and I am sure you will try it and love it.
How to make banana walnut cake in bread machine
Making banana walnut cake in a bread machine is simple. I use pureed bananas so that they mix well with other ingredients. You can use a hand blender or other blenders like Vitamix to puree the bananas.
Weighing the flour using a digital food scale and sifting all the dry ingredients gives the best results. Sometimes, I skip the sifting but once the cycle starts, I observe the mixing for a few minutes and scrape down any flour on the sides of the container with a spatula to ensure a good mix.
Once you have all ingredients, put the wet and dry ingredients in the right order as per bread machine manufacturer recommendations and start the cycle. Add chopped walnuts (or any other nut of your choice), just a minute or two before the baking phase starts.
All the hard work is done and its time to just go about your life and let the bread machine do the magic. Yes, it is that easy!
How to make the banana walnut cake vegan
This recipe uses milk, to make it vegan you could use plant-based milk like almond milk.
Bread Machine cycle to make a cake
'Quick Bread' setting works best for cakes. I have used both the 'Cake' setting and 'Quick Bread' setting and observed that the 'Cake' setting needed extra baking once the cycle completed but the 'Quick Bread' setting did not. However it may well depend on the type/brand of the bread machine one has.
Test the cake if it is done
After the "Quick Bread" cycle finishes, open the lid and insert a butter knife in the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is done else bake the cake for an additional few minutes on the "Bake" cycle and recheck with the butter knife to ensure it comes out clean.
How to remove the cake from the container
It is very important to allow the cake and the container to cool down for 15-20 minutes before attempting to take the cake out from the container. Removing the cake immediately or when it is hot can easily break it.
Slicing and Icing Bread Machine Cake
Before slicing it with a knife, ensure the cake has cooled down completely.
You can go a step further and apply cream cheese frosting on the cake by cutting the cake into two layers and making the top a little even using an electric knife.
Storing the banana walnut cake
Kids love the moist, delicious cake; and it is a good alternative for snacking items for all. Banana walnut cake can be stored at room temperature for 3-4 days. If you apply cream cheese frosting then it must be refrigerated.
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Eggless Banana Walnut Cake in Bread Machine
- ½ cup Walnuts (chopped)
- Select and start the "Quick Bread" cycle
- Keep the lid open and monitor for a few minutes, scrape any flour on the side of the container to ensure a good mix.
- A minute before the baking cycle starts, add the chopped walnuts and close the lid.
- Once the baking is complete and "Quick Bread" cycle is over, remove the container from the bread machine and allow it to cool down for 15-20 minutes.
- Invert and shake the container to remove the cake.
- Let the cake cool down completely before slicing or icing it.