The Cake, Seinfeld-ish | Banana Cake with Nutella Frosting

I’ve realised my blog is sort of like Seinfeld. When it comes time for me to write a blog post, I’m always at a blank. I stress out trying to come up with some sort of witty/thoughtful/interesting prose to accompany a recipe that I want to share and I find it so difficult to come up with something that won’t bore the shit out of my readers. I’m far from a natural writer and I usually end up just writing the nonsense that floats about in my head. Pretty much what I am doing right now…

Seinfeld is one of my all time favourite sitcoms. The characters were brilliant, with George Costanza being my favourite. He is so self-absorbed and neurotic and these traits account for some of the show’s best cringeworthy moments! The simple storylines also allowed it to basically be a show all about “nothing” yet everything at the same time. Entire episodes would focus on the minutiae of life: trying to find your car in the parking lot, waiting ages for a table at a restaurant, getting a new pair of glasses. All the things you would think wouldn’t be interesting enough for a popular television show! It’s just like my blog. I just write about the little boring random things that happen in my life, yet I still get quite a bit of traffic everyday (it seriously amuses me because, really, why are you people here!?)

In keeping with the Seinfeld theme, this post is simply about “The Cake” because each Seinfeld episode was titled “The …”. The Cake in question here is an amazing (yes, amazing) recipe for banana cake with Nutella frosting. I can’t even describe to you in words how good this freaking cake is. It’s a foolproof recipe: because of the banana, it will always be moist, and it has Nutella frosting! You can’t go wrong with anything Nutella, can you? With that said though, this cake can easily be served sans frosting with a simple dusting of icing sugar, or perhaps with a cream cheese frosting or chocolate ganache instead. All in all, it’s a great recipe to have on hand when you want something simple but special.

Seinfeld was a show about nothing yet everything, and this blog is about nothing too. Well, “nothing” and cake. Enjoy! :)

Banana Cake with Nutella Frosting

Recipe adapted from ‘All Cakes Considered” by Melissa Gray (a great book given to me by my friend Amanda)

125g butter, at room temperature

1 ½ cups caster sugar

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 ½ cups mashed banana (about 3 large bananas)

2 eggs

1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup buttermilk

2 ½ cups plain flour

Nutella Frosting

½ cup Nutella

50g butter, room temperature

2 big tablespoons condensed milk (or milk or cream)

3 cups icing sugar, sifted

1. Line a 10 inch square cake tin with non stick baking paper and set aside. Preheat the oven to 180C.

2. In a freestanding mixer, beat the butter and sugar until white and creamy.

3. In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add this to the creamed butter and sugar mixture. Mix well.

4. Add the bananas, buttermilk, eggs and vanilla. Gently combine and mix for about two minutes.

5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for around 1  hour or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

6. Cool the cake in the tin for 15 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.

7. For the frosting, beat the butter and Nutella until combined. Add icing sugar, a cup at a time until everything is smooth. Add the condensed milk and mix until glossy.

8. Spread the frosting onto the cooled cake.

Serves 16.

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Yum! It looks better than the one I had at a local bakery. I think bananas and nutella are the perfect mix. I’m happy you are liking that book!

This cake sounds fantastic… and it looks fantastic too! Now I’m hungry.

you had me at nutella

I already commented on Flickr but… YUM. You are a genius. And while I absolutely love Seinfeld, too, I beg to differ – your blog is so much more than ‘nothing’ ! I love the way you write, it feels natural and not forced (like you’re talking to friends vs. writing an article on banana cake), and of course your photographs are always lovely. :)

Dieu-Hanh

Oh, I agree with Alice. You also had me at Nutella :)
But whats makes this better is that it is Nutella with condensed milk!! *drooool*

Yum, yum. And also we love your pictures!

Linda

Amanda – I love eating bananas dipped IN Nutella! And yes, I love my book! :)

Leaf, Stef, Dieu-Hanh – thanks!

Alice – hahaha!

Kim – I can’t take credit for matching up banana with Nutella, but I can take credit for coming up with a wicked recipe ;) Thanks so much for the kind words x

Lucy

Linda! This looks amazing, especially because of the Nutella frosting.

while im sorry to say that im not the biggest fan of seinfeld, i think i might be one of this recipe! :D

seinfeld is and probably always will be my favorite sitcom–so clever and entertaining, even after seeing each episode numerous times.
great cake, too, but the frosting is extraordinary. well done!

What a lovely post. :)
I get blanks all the time, too, and I try hard to keep the texts short yet interesting (I’m lazy and don’t like reading exceedingly long texts).
I’m a huge fan of Seinfeld as well – and I’m not even a comedy kind of gal.
Love the cake! I’m a sucker for all things banana and with Nutella… Dreamy!

Just stumbled across your blog and actually I think its awesome :) (so is the cake, which i will be bookmarking). I’ve seem to really drawn a blank when it comes to my blog, so I totally get what you are saying!
*kisses* HH
p.s. ive been on a real nutella kick lately, so this is perfect for me

I could eat that Nutella frosting on its own. This looks so good it’s a shame I don’t eat banana’s but I’m sure that Nutella frosting would be nice sandwiched between the choc chip cookies I made this morning.

Fran

Why do I love this blog ? The recipes work – the photography is great and guide me on how the results should look … Love it.

Hi Linda!

I love your reference to Seinfeld this week! This genius sitcom comes into conversation every week with me! I’m currently in the midst of re-watching Season 1!!

I too am a fellow foodie living in Melbourne. What better city for us food enthusiasts :)

I’m glad I found you so we can inspire each other with our food exploits!

x Holly

Linda

Hiya Lucy!! Nice to see you here. Thank you! You should try it. I’m sure V would appreciate your efforts :)

Hannah, no need to be a Seinfeld fan to be a fan of this cake, hehe.

Grace, Patricia – thank you! Nice to see other Seinfeld fans about!

HH, Melissa, Fran – gracias to you all :)

Holly – cheers! Happy to see another Melbourne foodie around. Follow me on Twitter and maybe we can have our own foodie adventures ;)

cecilia

Hi, I live in Chile, writing in english is a little hard for me…just to send you my congratulations for your blog, I’m printing your recipes to start cooking this week!

Nicky

is it okay if I use a bundt cake pan rather than a regular square cake tin? Also did you use salted or unsalted butter?

This sounds absolutely delicious, by the way!
I itching to try it out!!

I found you from Tumblr. Thanks for your sharing your recipes, looks delish!
Just like you I often have writer’s block, which I’m currently having right now. Glad to know I’m not the only one who stressed out about what to write.

i’m just here for the cake :P*

Oh my goodness this looks amazing. Banana? Yes. Nutella frosting?? Yes please. I am making this right away.

Whoa, GENIUS!

Turner Edwards

I just tried making this and the cake turned out beautifully, but the frosting was a COMPLETE Disaster… I don’t know what went wrong…. I beat the 50 grams of butter with the half cup of nutella and started adding the sifted icing sugar, and it just turned into brown pebbles. Then I added the condensed milk, no result, and after a little more doctoring up, it was just barely spreadable, and it never got glossy… Could you give me any idea of what might have gone wrong??

Linda

Nicky, of course you can use another cake pan instead of square. It shouldn’t be an issue! I use unsalted butter in baking :)

Turner, hmm. I’m sorry your frosting didn’t turn out! Was your butter and Nutella smooth when you beat them together? Was your icing sugar lump free after sifting? I can’t think of any reason why it didn’t turn out :/ Feel free to email me if you have any more questions!

WOWY! Let me tell you, I usually never go for a banana cake, I don’t really like bananas. But this looks like it is out of this world! And NUTELLA frosting?!!!! DANGER:P

I will try it out ASAP

PS/ i just started my own blog.. around a week ago.. check it out. http://www.sassyspatula.spotblog.com

So, I actually found a link to your other site–and I was immediately captivated and decided to follow your link to this one. I love your photography. I love how honest you are. AND (starting sentences with ‘and’ is a bad habit of mine) I love Seinfeld! I grew up watching it; my parents literally had every episode on VHS and played a tape of several episodes when they went to bed (through the entire night). The nights when I felt sick or didn’t want to sleep alone, I would take my blanket and pillow and sleep on my parent’s floor, watching Seinfeld. It annoyed the crap out of me! Yet, they were like extended family. Now that I’m older, whenever it’s on–it’s pure nostalgia, and I appreciate/understand the humor. They really did make the most ordinary of situations become hilarious.

Sorry for the huge comment. I guess what I am getting at is–if your blog is like Seinfeld, then your blog is awesome. Which makes you awesome. Which answers your question,”Why are you people here!?”

I’m a new fan! Oh, “The Cake” looks delicious too. Bananas and Nutella, two of my favorites.

Jane

Hi there. This cake looks delicious!
Question: Did you use sweetened or unsweetened condensed milk (evaporated milk)?
Thanks!

Linda

Karissa, thank you so much for your kind words! I am glad you’re a fellow Seinfeld lover too!

Jane, I use condensed milk, but evaporated milk should be fine. I used it mainly to add a bit of liquid and a bit of sheen. Cheers.

Angela

Yum!! I made this for my baby’s first birthday… I ran out of butter for the frosting, so I used cream cheese instead (which turned out to be a lovely mix with the nutella).

LOVED the cake’s intense banana flavor–and so did baby! Heavenly!

Anna

Thanks for this recipe, it was absolutely gorgeous! We are going to try it again but this time putting carrot in it instead of banana and with plain butter cream.

Yum. Happy baking all.

I’m a Seinfeld fan myself. I have been watching it again recently, for the *eenth time.
I love “The…” posts. I do them myself and think the same thing as you! Seinfeld-type title!

I love finding people after my own heart on the web.
I’m Magda by the way. Hi. :)

I just made these into cupcakes. i got 16 cupcakes. To be safe, I doubled the frosting since I like a heavily frosted cupcake. I had a little too much frosting, but would probably do it the same way next time since extra frosting isn’t a problem in my book. :) Thanks!

Taylor

This is the second time I have made this cake… It’s sooo yummy!
I store it in the fridge in a tupperware container (I like my cake to be cold, not warm) and it lasts for ages :)

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