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Banana cake with cranberries |

Banana! The legendary phrase from the minions.. (I don’t even know which one to be honest. Is it Bob, my favorite?) Talk about minions, have you noticed the complete madness that has broken loose on all things minion? You cannot walk into any store to find at least one, and usually more, items for sale with depict the minions. And yes, I am a fan too. I just find them cute and hilariously funny. And I haven’t even seen the movie yet! I did see Despicable me 1 and 2, so I am familiar with those adorable yellow creatures.

Delicious banana cake with cranberries |

How does something like that work anyway? How do you manage to create such a good working merchandise machine I wonder. Very clever I think. Anyway, what does this banana cake have to do with minions, you might wonder? Wel nothing really, except for that banana inside obviously. 🙂 I had four very ripe bananas lying around and with the current invasion of those pesky little fruitflies I have to seal everything that is potentially sweet. Bananas are there favorite so I wrapped them in plastic. And that works by the way but it’s slightly impossible to wrap everything they might like in plastic. If anyone has a brilliant idea to get rid of fruitsflies, let me know! We already place the fruits in the fridge that can handle the cold, we seal all vinegar bottles meticulously and we leave as little as possible of food remains in the open air. But in a kitchen that is used a lot it is almost impossible to completely prevent them.

Bananencake met pecannoten en cranberries |

Been cutting to quickly.. the cake was still hot!

So best to keep this banana cake behind locked doors once made as I’m sure the fruit flies will love it, as will your roommates, so you’ve been warned…

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Delicious banana cake with cranberries |
Banana cake with cranberries
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
  • 180 gr all purpose flour
  • 140 gr butter at room temperature
  • 80 gr sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 30 gr pumpkin seeds
  • 50 gr dried cranberries
  • 65 gr pecan nuts
  • zest of 1 orange
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C. Prepare a baking tin by lining it with baking paper. Set aside.
  2. Whisk the butter and sugar together to a creamy light mix and add the eggs one by one.
  3. Mash the bananas with a fork until you have a smooth puree
  4. Add flour, bakingpowder and the banana together with the butter mixture and mix this well
  5. Add pumpkin seeds, cranberries, orange zest and the pecans and mix with a spoon until spread throughout.
  6. Pour over the baking tin and put into the oven. Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  7. leave to cool completely before slicing or you'll have the same effect I had in the last picture.. 😉

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  1. I feel your pain with those blasted fruit flies.  I recently brought a pineapple into the house and Voila!  had myself a fruit fly problem.  I temporarily banished all fruit from my kitchen and they fortunately disappeared.  

    This is such a beautiful banana bread.  I love that it is chock full of goodies such as pecans, cranberries, and pumpkin seeds.  

  2. Hmm.. i had a fruit fly infestation earlier this year. I made a paper cone and stuck it inside a mason jar with sweetened vinegar. Left it our overnight. Over the next two days the flies disappeared. Also I found lighting herb candles helps dissuade them!

    Oh and this cake!! So stunning. Love how moist it looks and such a buttery crumb!! I am making banana bread tomorrow, because by mistake, me and hub bought bananas and now I have too many! lOl

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