Tropical Cake to beat the Winter Blues !
Mr.Winter simply refuses to budge. He is being stubborn again and sending icy cold weather our way. Okay, I admit that the above mentioned is exactly the way he should behave but a girl can complain , can't she ? She can also dream about all things tropical in this frigid weather . She can even act on that thinking and make a tropical cake . But not just any tropical cake, a tropical bundt cake. You may ask why and she may tell you that she just felt like doing so !
Can anyone guess the holy trinity of fruits behind this tropical cake ? Come on guys ! Did I hear someone mention pineapple, coconut and bananas in no particular order ? Pat yourself on the back for that is the correct answer, Crushed pineapple ,desiccated coconut and overripe bananas are the main culprits behind the out of this world taste of this particular cake. Do give it a try and be prepared to be transported into a tropical paradise with sandy white beaches, wind that caresses you face ..Before I get too carried away, here is a list of all that you require .
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup crushed Pineapple
2 ripe bananas
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp banana essence
1/2 tsp pineapple or coconut essence
1/3 cup milk
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter ( 1 stick)
1 tsp Cinnamon powder
Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a bundt pan. if you want your cake to come out easily from the pan, try using shortening(crisco) to grease it.
Sieve all the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon powder) and set aside.
With the help of a hand mixer, beat the room temperature butter , brown sugar and essences till the mixture turns creamy.
Time to add the eggs and beat them well . The eggs need to be at room temperature too.
Add half of the flour. Give it a quick fold and then add the desiccated coconut , mashed banana, crushed pineapple and milk. Mix it all together and adjust the milk quantity so that the batter has a pouring consistency.
Add the remaining flour and fold it in with the help of a spatula , Take care as to not overmix , once the flour has been added.
Pour the batter into the greased bundt pan and bake it in the oven for a good 35-40 mins or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean .I used a bundt pan but you guys are welcome to bake it any pan or even as muffins. Just baking time will be lesser in case of muffins.
Let it cool on a wire rack for a good 15 minutes and then carefully turn it over on a cake board. If it is having problem coming out , run a knife along the edges of the cake.
Sprinkle a little sugar on top and enjoy ! You may also apply glaze ..I'm partial to caramel one !