Banana, Macadamia & Coconut Cake for The Home Bakers

Saturday, December 1, 2012

I baked this Banana, Macadamia & Coconut Cake last weekend! It was a busy weekend but I was in the mood for baking. I organised everything and had the cake baked by noon, took a couple of pictures, went to a tasting event for sparkling wines and Champagnes and completely forgot about the cake and the post I had to write for The Home Bakers group.

Don't be jealous about the wine tasting event...there is a huge catch in the whole training to become a Sommelier business - yes you get to taste a lot of good (or not) wine but you have to spit front of a lot of people...without spilling anything on yourself! It is not as glamorous as it sounds!! And the spiting without spilling part takes a lot of practice and can leave you really heartbroken when the wine is really good but your course instructor is looking over your shoulder, counting and monitoring said spitting (super gross - I'm stopping now!!)

Anyway back to The Home Bakers and our 11th bake (I missed the 10th) from Lou Seibert Pappas book Coffee Cakes. This one was chosen by Kit from I Lost in Austen. A great choice as it turned out. The bananas really show and keep the cake moist, sweet and balanced. You should definitely give it a try. It is very easy to prepare and if you are not a fun of macadamia nuts you can easily substitute them with walnuts, almonds or whatever else you fancy, better yet, you can make it completely nut-free and just sprinkle the top with sugar and cinnamon! You can find the recipe here.


  1. May I have one of those with my cup of coffee please?! Looking good..especially the sprinkling of nuts on top!! still laughing about the spitting without spilling!!

  2. You had me at macadamia and coconut!

  3. eileen, hundred eighty degreesDecember 2, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Hi Maria, yours look so evenly browned. Nice: )

  4. Maria,

    Lovely height in your cakes! Smaller pans are great: for sharing!

  5. Looks beautifully baked. I enjoyed this cake very much as well.

  6. Hi Maria,
    Your cake looks so beautifully baked! I'm glad that you did not missed out on this one!
    Wine tasting sounds very interesting. I have watched shows on TV on wine-tasting and thought that it is such a waste to spit all the fabulous wine out while you can enjoy it by sipping it all in! But it is rather interesting, I guess to be a sommelier does have its reward, you get to taste all the fabulous wines! And I can see that spitting is indeed one of the skills requirement of a sommelier.
    Thanks for sharing and have a lovely week!

  7. The cake looks perfect! Many professional bakers would be jealous.
    Even with the spitting part I envy you the tasting a lot! I went only a couple of times to wine tasting where due to the number of wines, I had to spit and if I hadn't taken a promise to spit everything which was less than excellent, I would be drunk in 20 minutes and would stop being able to taste... Lucky you!

  8. Maria, thank you for following Carole's Chatter. Hope you are having a super day.

  9. #GIG girls are all so sweet. Those look so yummy! I waana try! :*


  10. hi maria, nice to know you thru the home bakers. I've never been to a wine tasting event and i find it funny that you have to spit it out..i do agree that it's not easy to spit and not spilling on yourself.

    i agree this is a lovely cake and also very moist. So are you going to bake the next one? mosaic..


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