Eat It #3: Banana cake

“Eat It” is a feature I created. I love baking but cooking I don’t want to waste my precious reading time messing up everything in the kitchen, I like to do simple but delicious treats I can devour while reading. So why not share my inventions with you guys? Read my previous recipes here.

Banana, nuts and chocolate. Doesn’t this sounds awesome?! Bananas are one of my favorite fruits so I love using them whenever I can. Last weekend I was craving for something sweet and saw a few ripe bananas in the kitchen. I just knew I had to make something with them! And boy, it was delicious!

Here’s what you need:

  •  1 large egg
  • ½ cup light brown sugar (= 100 gr)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar (= 50 gr)
  • ½ cup butter (= 250 gr)
  • ¼ cup (Greek) yogurt (= 60 gr)
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (= 140 g)*
  • ½ tsp baking soda*
  • ½ tsp baking powder*
  • pinch of salt
  • handful of hazelnuts
  • chocolate chips

*Tip: instead of using all-purpose flour, baking soda and baking powder, you can use 1 cup of self-rising flour instead. Works perfectly too!

What to do?

Mix all the ingredients except the nuts and chocolate chips with a hand mixer until smooth and fluffy. Then add the nuts and chocolate chips and stir them in the batter gently until you get this delicious cake batter:

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EXTRA TIP: God, I’m such a weirdo and this will probably sound so weird, but I really recommend that you stick your finger in that batter and taste it! 😀 I almost didn’t cook my cake, because raw like that was so delicious haha 😀

Pour the cake in a buttered 9x5inch pan (22×15 cm) and bake the cake for about 50 minutes on 350°F/180°C. Baking times may vary, so definitely keep an eye on it! Let the cake completely cool and then…

 …enjoy with a good cup of tea!

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Eat It #2: My milkshake brings all my book boyfriends to the yard!

“Eat It” is a new feature I’m starting on my blog. I love baking but since I don’t want to waste my precious reading time messing up everything in the kitchen, I like to do simple but delicious treats I can devour while reading. So why not share my inventions with you guys? Read my previous recipes here.


In my dictionary summer means tons of homemade milkshakes. I mean seriously, what’s better than enjoying an ice cold milkshake while reading a good book? Right? 😉

On of my favorite fruits to use in a milkshake are bananas! I love the creaminess it brings and the taste is always like heaven to me. And only recently I’ve found out how much I love coconut. I tried to combine it with bananas and OH MAN. Best decision EVER!

So here’s my own creation, although it’s probably not the most unique one 😉 By the way, you won’t need any ice cream for this recipe! Now you’re probably like “WHAATT???!! How the hell can you make a milkshake without the best part??!!” . That’s just the thing, the best part isn’t the ice cream, it’s bananas! Keep reading to find out why 😉

 What you will need for one (big) serving:

Side note: the amounts of every ingredients is totally up to you! If you want more banana or coconut, just don’t think about it too much, just add it 😉 The amounts I’m giving you right now, it just to give you a little idea.

– 1 banana
– 150 ml coconut milk or cream
– 100 ml (or less) regular milk or soy milk or… any other milk 😀
– honey (optional)
– ice cubes (optional)

Step one: freeze it!

Like I said, you won’t be needing ice cream for this recipe, because we are freezing the banana! Just slice up your banana in rough pieces and place it for 15 to 20 minutes in the freezer. It will make your whole milkshake creamy and well… cold 😀 Plus, without the ice cream your milkshake will be less rich in calories!

Extra tip: you can always keep a cut up banana in your freezer (although I wouldn’t keep it longer than 2-3 days). That way you can make a milkshake in a matter of minutes when you’re craving one.

Step two: mix it up

Now, you just mix everything together. Put everything in your blender (banana, coconut milk/cream and milk) and mix it for 15-20 seconds until everything is smooth. When everything is smooth it’s up to you to adjust the thickness of your milkshake. Add more milk until you have the consistence you like.
When I’m making this I always use banana/coconut soy milk. I find that when I use too much ‘regular’ milk I’m loosing the taste of the banana or coconut.

Step three: enjoy while imagining the boys in your garden

You can finish it up by going Starbucks-style and add a little bit of honey on top of your milkshake right before serving.  But honestly? Add whatever you want as topping!
Caramel, whipped cream, chocolate, coconut rasp… everything you like 😉

Enjoy!!

 

Eat it #1: Make mug cakes like a pro!

“Eat It” is a new feature I’m starting on my blog. I love baking but since I don’t want to waste my precious reading time messing up everything in the kitchen, I like to do simple but delicious treats I can devour while reading. So why not share my inventions with you guys?

I’m currently home-alone and this is the perfect time to experiment in the kitchen. I love baking but making a huge cake or pie for one person isn’t very ideal. This is why mug cakes are the perfect treat if you want something small but still oh-so-delicious.

Mug cakes have been some kind of “food trend” for a while now, but until now I never managed to make the perfect mug cake. And I don’t think many people do. It always ends up too sticky or too dry or… But today I actually mastered it! This is a basic recipe for two servings. So invite your best friend to share or just keep the two cakes for yourself 😉
 What you will need for two servings
– 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
– 1 large egg
– 2 tablespoons of milk
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
– 1/4 cup (+/- 30 grams) of granulated sugar
– 6 tablespoons of self-rising flour (or 6 tablespoons of all-purpose flour and 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of baking powder)
– a pinch of salt
+ whatever you want to be in your cake: sprinkles, chocolate (melted or chopped), rasped coconut, fruit, …
Little side note: you can split all the ingredients in half and to make on serving. Only splitting one egg is a bit tricky. But it’s not impossible of course. Just beat the egg with a fork and split it that way. It’s not precise but it will turn out just fine 😉

Get started!

Step one: the mugs
Prepare your two mugs. It’s best to use two big ones (like on the picture). Spray them with cooking spray to avoid that you cake will stick to the mug. If you don’t have cooking spray, just rub some oil in it and coat the inside of your mug with flour. All extra flour that isn’t sticking to your mug should be removed (hold your mug upside down and tap on it… although do this above a sink otherwise you’ll have flour everywhere haha).
Step two: mix it up
Melt the butter in a small microwave-safe bowl in the microwave for 10 to 20 seconds.
Take your bowl out of the microwave and add all the other ingredients.
Mix everything with a fork until you have smooth and yummie cake batter.
Step three: be original
Now it’s time to get crazy! At this point you can add whatever you want to your basic batter. For the two mugs in the picture, I chopped some delicious chocolate and also added a big spoon of rasped coconut.
Step four: baking time!
Now, here’s the “tricky” part. Obviously all microwaves aren’t the same, you might have to adjust the time to your liking. Do not microwave both mugs at the same time btw. Always separately!
Now, every mug should be baked for 1,5 to 2 minutes on the highest setting you have. I baked mine for 1 minute and 50 seconds each and they came out perfect.
To see if your cake is ready just toothpick in it. If it comes out clean then you’re good. If not, and there is batter sticking to it, put it back in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.
If you cake ends up too dry… well, it’s the perfect excuse to eat it with some yummie ice cream! 😉 No but seriously, you can avoid it next time by baking it 10-15 seconds less!
Step five: toppings
When the both cakes are cooled down you can top them with whipped cream, frosting, sprinkles, fruit, ice cream, chocolate… really, anything you like! Enjoy the fun and bon appétit!

Extra little tip: Eat you mug cake while it’s slightly warm. If you added chocolate to it, it will completely melt on your tongue and you will love it even more!

Share it #BookishMugCakes

When you tried it out, please share your mug cake on Instagram! I’d love to see you mug cake with your current read! Just tag your picture with #BookishMugCakes!