Sunday, July 4, 2010

Moist Banana Cake, with homemade buttermilk

Often in baking one of the ingredients required is buttermilk, something I don't commonly have stored away in my fridge.

So I make my own when I need it.

It's soooooo very simple, you only need two ingredients - milk & white vinegar

It's not an exact science, I've never measured out the vinegar to milk ratio but I know that I'm trying to replicate buttermilks consistency so to a 1/2 cup of milk I add approximately 1 -2 tablespoons of vinegar.

Wait a minute and if your milk hasn't got that slightly curdled texture add a splash more vinegar.

It's a simple trick but one I use almost everytime I bake.

So make up some buttermilk, grab yourself a couple of bananas and mix up a banana cake as an afternoon treat.

Banana Cake


125gm butter, softened
1 1/2 C caster sugar
2 bananas, mashed
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/3 C buttermilk
1 1/2 C plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • Preheat the oven to 165 degrees celsius. Line and grease a 24cm round baking tin
  • In a medium bowl combine the butter & sugar and beat until creamy, stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Add one egg at a time, ensuring that they combine with the butter mixture then stir in the banana's.
  • Add the buttermilk & sifted flour and baking powder. Stir until the ingredients are well combined.
  • Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for approximately 40 - 45 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and cool on a rack.


  1. Every time I come here I'm so amazed at how good you are in the kitchen! I have so far to go! Amazing trick, the buttermilk. That will change my life!

  2. This little trick has completely changed my life......well not quite, but it's certainly a handy little trick in the kitchen.


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