Listen, guys, this recipe right here is the BEST recipe I have developed so far. I’m telling you the taste of this plantain cake is so good, it’s ridiculous. It is highly addictive, for real. I ate 1/4 of this cake myself. Talk about weight loss! I literally damned my weight loss mission. One bite and I was hooked! ha!
O.k. before I continue rambling. I bought some extra ripe plantains and my favorite afro (African) shop. The plantains were on promotion because they were too ripe and my husband wanted some extra ripe fried plantains. He loves his fried plantains extra ripe don’t ask me why! 🙂 So I bought about 10 or was it 14 plantain fingers? Well, just around that number. My intention was to fry all the plantains and then freeze so he can warm and eat whenever he wanted. When we got home from grocery shopping, I was so tired, and he was hungry so I fried just 3 fingers and went to bed telling myself I will fry and freeze the rest when I wake up. It didn’t happen. I ended up with about a dozen of overly ripe plantain that had attracted midges. What to do?
First, I made akara plantain. Never heard of this akara version right? Well, I used a large part of the overripe plantains instead of ripe banana. Mixed it up with grated cassava and fried it all up. Needless to say, the kids enjoyed it. I also made it live on my German Facebook food group. The ladies were thrilled. There is a recipe for the authentic akara cassava HERE.
So here was I left with 2 more fingers of extremely ripe plantains. I wanted to throw them away, but my conscience simply won’t let me. So I took my chair and took a sit in my Zeelicious laboratory (my kitchen) lol. When in search of new recipe ideas, that’s the place where I go. I thought for a second. What recipes call for plantain or in this case overly ripe plantains? Apart from akara and my epic plantain bread, nothing else came to mind. Then I asked myself, what is similar to plantain….you guessed right banana! What recipes call for overly ripe banana? Again you guessed right…banana cake. And then it hit me like an atomic bomb B.O.O.M. Make plantain cake. The rest is history.
This plantain cake is so good it will mess with your mind and your tastebuds for a bit. It’s somewhere between soft and spongy and oh-so-gooey. It’s honey sweet and simply soothing. I added some lightly fried ripe plantains on top and added some extra flavor with store-bought bourbon vanilla, creme caramel, and cocoa sauce. Double yum!
- 2 extremely ripe plantains, mashed
- 140g self-raising flour
- 140g sugar
- 140g butter, softened at room temperature
- 2 eggs, seperated
- 11/2 teaspoons baking powder, leveled
- 1/2 ripe plantain for decoration, slightly fried
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1 teaspoon grated orange rind (the bark of orange)
- Heat your oven to 180 degrees, butter and sprinkle some flour on a 12 to 18inch cake pan and set aside.
- Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl untill it changes color from creme white to white. You will notice then that your cream is light and fluffy.
- Seperate egg yolk from egg white and whisk egg white till stiff.
- Add egg yolk bit-by-bit to the cream mixture and mix well.
- Now add vanilla extract, cinnamon and orange rind. Mix thoroughly.
- Mash your over ripe plantains with a fork and add to the cream mixture. Mix well.
- Mix flour with baking powder in a seperate bowl and the add flour bit-by-bit to the cream mixture.
- Now fold in the stiff egg white carefully. This step is critical to achieve fluffy plantain cake. You must fold in the egg white with love, and slowly. We need the air to get into that cake. So take your time.
- Pour batter into prepared cake pan. Add fried plantain to decorate and bake at 18o degrees for about 25 minutes untill cake is golden brown and a skewer comes out clean.
- Cool completely.
- To further decorate and add extra sweetness and flavor, I drizzled store-bought creme caramel, cocoa and vanilla sauce on top. Yum stuff! This step is totally optional.
- You can replace plantain with overly ripe bananas to achieve the same oh-so-delicious cake.