If you’ve never had plantain bread before, your first bite will be a pleasant surprise. This Plantain cake is really tasty, inexpensive and so easy to make. They are great as breakfast, snack for kids or enjoy with friends over a cup of coffee or juice.
This cake is one of my favorite plantain recipes because of how easy it is to put together. However, care should be taken because, this bread, unlike the banana bread, tends to harden up fast but the Yogurt in this recipe helps to keep it moist for a longer period of time.
Though plantains and Bananas share some resemblance (you can read here to learn more) but Plantain bread is quite different from the banana bread. Banana bread has a softer texture with more banana integrity. However, the plantains bread is a little denser with a sweet but not so intense plantain flavor.
The best plantain to use for this recipe is the over-ripe plantains. This is when the flavor of your cake will really shine through.
Is your Kitchen overstock with overripe Plantains? Don’t trash them, make this cake, you will be glad you did. Have fun and enjoy!
PLANTAIN CAKE/PLANTAIN BREAD (VIDEO)
- 2 Cups Flour
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 3/4 Cup Sugar
- 8 tbsp Butter 113g or 8 Tbsp or 1 stick butter
- 2 Tsp baking powder
- 2 plantains over ripe
- 1/4 Cup Yogurt
- 2 Eggs
- 3 tbsp Milk
- 1 Tsp Vanilla extract
- Preheat the Oven to 350 F
- Grease and Flour the Baking Pan and set aside
- Combine the Flour, Salt and Baking powder and set aside
- Mash or blend the Plantains till fairly smooth and set aside
- Cream together the Butter and Sugar for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the Yogurt and cream it together, add the eggs one at a time and cream together as well. Then stir in the mashed plantains.
- Combine the wet ingredients together with the dry ingredient and fold a couple of times.
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking Pan. Smooth out the surface of the batter and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hr or till a tester or toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
- I used vanilla as my flavor today. However, you can use Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Allspice or any other flavor of your choice.
- As much as you want to add a type of flavor to your cake, these flavors should compliment the cake and not overwhelm it. Therefore, add just enough flavor and don’t mask the plantain taste in your Cake.
- The riper the plantain the sweeter it is, so you may need to adjust the quantity of your sugar based on the ripeness of the Plantain
- As much as you want to make sure the plantain is well mashed, it is best to leave it thick and lumpy. Try not to puree it. You can use a hand mixer like I did, it will do the job just fine. Likewise, you can use a Potato masher or fork but I will advise against blending it.
- Don’t over mix the batter otherwise, the cake will come out tough.
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