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Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Fat-free Vegan Lemon Cake with Banana Butter Topping

Fat-free Banana Lemon Cake

I’ve seen banana cake with lemon frosting but how about swapping them around? And so, I made lemon cake with banana butter topping. It was delicious!

The recipe is fat-free (apart from natural fat from the bananas), so I could enjoy with a little bit less guilt!

You can prepare the banana topping in advance and keep it in the fridge. I usually do this when I have overripe bananas. It usually stays for up to a week in an air tight container.

I’ve never frozen banana butter before but I’m sure it should be fine in the freezer too.

Banana butter kept in the fridge might become too firm to spread; to loosen just add 1 tablespoon water and pop in the microwave for 30 seconds or so.

I’ve used demerara sugar for the cake which is why it turned out brown. You can use white sugar if you wish for a lighter colour cake but the apple puree will still add some browness.

Ingredients (8 servings):

Banana Butter:
6 large bananas
3 tablespoons soft brown sugar (or demerara)

1 large lemon (juice and rind)
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 cup demerara sugar
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 apple
1 tablespoon vinegar (I used rice vinegar)
1 tablespoon vanilla

  • Make banana butter; peel and cut bananas into slices. Mash lightly.
  • Place in a non-stick pan with sugar. Cook on medium heat until banana is light brown.
  • Occasionally stir and mash bananas while cooking. Add water from time to time if mixture is too dry. (This will depend on the type of bananas, some have more moisture). The end result should be a spreadable consistency.
  • Set aside to use later.
  • Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Put flour, sugar and baking soda into a mixing bowl. Mix them together.
  • Peel and cut the apple into small pieces. Place in a measuring cut and puree using a hand blender. (A jug blender is also fine but I find a hand one more practical for this).
  • Grate all the lemon rind into the measuring cup.
  • Then, cut lemon in half and squeeze the juice from both halves into the measuring cup.
  • Add water (if required) to the rind, lemon juice and apple puree mixture until you have filled one cup or just slightly (about 2 tablespoons) more.
  • Pour the puree mixture into your bowl of dry ingredients.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Add vinegar.
  • Mix well. Mixture will foam a little.
  • Pour into a lightly greased 11-inch / 28 cm pie pan.
  • Smear the top with the banana butter. I used a fork to even out the banana butter and ‘drew’ some circular stripe.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until cake is dry at the centre.

Edit: Just letting you know that I've added a little poll on the side to find out what type of measurements people prefer in general.


  1. OMG! the pic looks awesome and just mouth watering. I'm going to make this soon and will courtesy you for the recipe :))

  2. yummy ^^ :O it must be great when you eat it with a vanilla ice cream

  3. Sounds good!! I love lemon :)

  4. :D!!!!! The best looks so yummy !
    Great Treat!

    Thanks for sharing your recipe:)

    Join, post your comments,

  5. Lemon Cake sounds so refreshing right now! YUM!

  6. Thanks!

    Wow. Your stuff look great, too. I'm definitely sending a link your way :)

    Thanks for checking out my blog!

  7. An excellent creation! I adore lemony cake and all things banana. This will be so refreshing on a hot summer night.

  8. What a lovely treat!I love bananas,and adore baking with them..such an original idea of reversing the habit!YUMMY!

  9. I love the flavor switch-up here! And how wonderful that it's fat free. :)

  10. Ahh! That looks incredible, and the banana butter sounds so rich and delectable. I'm definitely looking into this sometime soon.

  11. That looks great. keep them coming.

  12. Wow, I would have never thought that this cake was fat-free. Looks delicious by any standards!

  13. Yum! What an incredible idea!! It looks scrumptious!

  14. Oh so yummy! We're big banana fans here, so I'm going to have to try this!

  15. Wow!!The cake looks so delicious..I will definitely try it sometime..Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe...

  16. What a great recipe. You are so creative and I love your posts. I've got some bananas getting close to being buttered!

  17. Wow! This looks great! Too bad my other half dislikes lemon and banana... haha... I might just have to make this for myself! Can I get away with snacking on it for breakfast? :)

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  20. fat free?

    omg my dad would love it :)

    im gonna try this in nxt weekend :P

    thx cheers :)

  21. Thanks for the recipe! I don't think my bananas were ripe enough but it still turned out well! The lemon cake is just amazing!


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