Banana Chocolate Cake

This has to be my best chocolate cake to date

NO creaming
JUST mixing
and I supposed it is healthy too
as there is NO butter
maybe it should be called a MUFFIN cake instead

Recipe was approved by my 4 year old
who refused to take banana
But because it was so chocolaty
he ate everything

it’s really a BANANA Chocolate MUFFIN Cake !

I got the recipe from here
A little improvisation
with less sugar and
minus the chocolate ganache
I topped it up with some fresh banana slices instead
We Love it!


1 1/2 cup sugar
1 3/4 cup plain flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
3 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt

2 eggs
2 banana mashed
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Whisk Dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl
2. Whisk Wet ingredients in another bowl
3. Mix Dry and Wet ingredients together till just combined
4. Pour into baking tin (I used a 9 inch by 2 inch round baking tin)
5. Bake in 180 deg C for 35 to 40 minutes for until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean



I blame it on the phone calls

I blame it on my Mum’s exemplary example

I blame it on my feeble mind

I blame it on Malcolm’s enthusiasm

Jan 503

I succumbed to temptation

I gave in to cravings




and we baked THESE

Jan 529


Jan 710

and THESE with sugar sprinkle

Jan 584

Did I say I need to jog ?!

I think I just set myself up !



Gingerbread Man

Malcolm woke up with a cough, runny nose and slight fever and was given the day off.

He ate, played and napped. It was hard to tell that he was sick. I guess not having to go school automatically makes him feel better.

We read loads of stories.

His recent favourite from the library is The Gingerbread Man. We found an excellent edition of this old tale. He loves it and so do I.

This is the 2nd time we borrowed this book, after hogging it for 2 months the last time.

The book came with a Recipe for the Gingerbread Man at the back cover.

He wants to make his own gingerbread man, hoping that his gingerbread man will jump out as well.

And of course, anything for my sick boy today.

Nov 622

Checked the fridge and found out that I ran out of butter.

I don’t have molasses, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground clovers, ground allspice.

Not worth to splurge when I only need to use 1 teaspoon each.

I miss home where I have EVERYTHING for baking.


Maybe we could make Gingerbread Man PANCAKE instead ??

I have been trying to find the perfect pancake recipe, maybe something close to MacDonald’s, as Mal loves them so much.

But how to shape the pancake ?


Nov 591

An Aluminium Foil Gingerbread Man Mould!

We even came up with a shark one.

And after a long time fiddling and meddling in the kitchen.

We FINALLY have our very own Gingerbread Man

Nov 603

We managed to make 1 decent looking gingerbread man, 1 mess up gingerbread man and 1 weird looking shark.

It was hell lot of work, it was messy.

The aluminium foil mould wasn’t a good idea.

The Only Consolation

We had fun together and my sick boy was happy

Lesson Learned

Necessity is the Mother of All Inventions (at least for this time)

Here’s the recipe for the pancake


I cup self raising flour

2 tablespoons castor sugar (optional)

1 egg, beaten lightly

180ml of milk

butter for cooking (I used olive oil instead since I run out of butter)


– Mix flour and sugar

– Mix in egg and milk, to make a smooth batter.

– Add a bit of butter to lightly coat a hot pan. Pour dessert-spoons of pancake mixture onto the pan.

– Wait for bubbles to appear on the surface of the pancake, flip.

– Serve hot with jam and honey.