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Banana Cake with Purple Apricots Ronit Penso

When I was requested to prepare a low fat cake, my solution was to rely heavily on mashed ripe bananas. Their creaminess is an excellent replacement for fats, and their natural sweetness helps reduce the sugar levels, all while still ending up with a very tasty cake.
The fact that the cake is also very easy to make, and can be prepared in one bowl, makes it even more appealing.

As I was planning to top the cake with these beautiful purple apricots I’ve found at the store, the cake needed a denser texture, so that the fruits will not sink to the bottom. For this reason, I’ve ended up lowering the amount of liquids to minimum. I was happy to discover that despite this, the cake did not come out dry at all. In fact, it was so tasty and aromatic that I plan to make it again, with different fruits and other additions.

Variations I’m thinking of so far include other seasonal fruits on top, chocolate chips or chopped nuts in the batter.
Another option is to bake the batter without any additions, in a loaf pan, and use it as breakfast bread. The texture is perfect for slicing and lightly toasting.

So, you are invited to use this cake recipe as is, or as a base for your experiments. I’ll be happy to hear about your take on it!

Makes: 16
Prep time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 45 minutes
Ingredients:
8 medium firm purple apricots
1 2/3 cups mashed very ripe bananas (from 4 large)
2 XL eggs
3/4 cup sugar (can be increased to 1 cup if you prefer the cake sweeter)
¼ cup real maple syrup
¼ cup oil
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 Tbs baking powder
Dash salt

1. Preheat the oven to 350F (175C). Line an 8” (20cm) X 11” (28cm) baking pan with baking paper.
2. Cut the apricots in half and remove the pit. Set aside.
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3. Place the mashed bananas in a large bowl. Add the eggs, sugar, maple syrup, oil, cinnamon and vanilla and mix well. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix well to a thick batter.
Banana Cake with Purple Apricots Ronit PensoBanana Cake with Purple Apricots Ronit Penso Banana Cake with Purple Apricots Ronit PensoBanana Cake with Purple Apricots Ronit Penso
Pour the batter into the pan. Place the apricots halves on top, cut side down.
and pour the batter into the lined pan. Place the apricots halves on top, cut side down.and pour the batter into the lined pan. Place the apricots halves on top, cut side down.
4. Bake for 45 minutes, until the batter is golden and the fruit soft. Place on a rack to cool before cutting.
and pour the batter into the lined pan. Place the apricots halves on top, cut side down.Banana Cake with Purple Apricots Ronit Penso
Banana Cake with Purple Apricots Ronit Penso

Comments on: "Banana Cake with Purple Apricots" (35)

  1. Really nice cake, no fat other than whats in the egg yolks (minimal) low sugar and it looks really moist and delicious!

  2. The final presentation square is quite attractive and limits the size of the serving.

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

  3. I can easily see how that could happen! I’d overindulge for only the fruit, you understand! ;->

  4. This looks fantastic and I love the purple apricots, although baking it without the additions and slicing it as a breakfast bread and/or toasting really appeals to me. Thanks for posting:)

  5. I love anything with bananas in it and I happen to have a freezer full of brown ones ready for baking right now. Going to have to give this a try! Think I’ll try it sans additions first and have it for breakfast. Yum!

    • Glad to hear!
      Thawed bananas will probably produce a bit different texture, as the freezing changes their texture, but I’m sure it will still be very tasty.
      I’ll be happy to hear your feedback! :)

  6. No one would believe that you didn’t spend all day on it. Gorgeous presentation. Glyn

  7. Never tasted purple apricot.. Cake looks delicious

  8. What a wonderful idea! Can’t wait to try this soon.

  9. Oh wow! This looks amazing. Looking forward to the coming arrival of apricot season. Yum.

  10. Love this recipe, Ronit! Banana cake sounds so moist and subtly sweet.

  11. thanks for the recipe! I will make this cake for my children!

  12. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen purple apricots before, Ronit. Do they taste the same as regular apricots? I imagine paired with the banana cake is delicious! So nice that the cake is lower in fat as well!

    • You’re right, Nancy – the combination of banana and apricots was very delicious!
      I first had purple apricots while in Israel, where the agriculture is all about new hybrids. I loved them and was very glad to find them at the store here. In my onion they are tastier and sweeter than the regular local apricots. It is a shame their season is fairly short… :(
      As I said, other fruits would work out just as well for the cake, but if you do see purple apricots at the store, I definitely recommend trying them. :)

  13. Looks great and also very pretty.

  14. This looks wonderful! I have never heard of purple apricots but my plum tree will have plums in a few months and I am definitely going to try them on this. Thanks ~ Tilly

  15. The cake looks delicious. Apricots are one of my favorite spring fruits.

  16. What a lovely looking cake! I love the addition of the purple apricots! :)

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