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Banana Pumpkin Caramel Cake {GF}

I have a friend, she’s crazy, super awesome and I probably spend way too much time with her. We laugh in the same way, we talk in the same way, and our inside joke list goes on for literally a whole wall:
She laughs at my pronunciation of words and my ‘disappointed face’ which I make when she fails at general knowledge or understanding (she once texted me asking how to make the ‘big brownie’ into ‘little brownies’ i.e. that you need to cut the baked batter into separate portions – I never replied), and I supply her with many, many cakes, hugs and opportunities to laugh at my fails too. I’ve also spent pretty much 6 years teaching her how to bake.
Therefore, I thought she pretty much knew about putting vegetables in cake, seeming as carrot cake is something I’m sure she had eaten, mainly because it has cinnamon in it (oh yeah,she loves cinnamon too – maybe even more than me). But apparently, not only had she never eaten it (how could this even be possible for anyone!?), but she was completely grossed out by the idea of putting vegetables in cake.
Normally, she’s quite reasonable about this kind of stuff, but when she has a serious opinion about something, there is actually no way of changing her mind at all.
Not even with cinnamony bribery,
The only way I would be able to get her to eat a vegetable infused cake (is that a thing? can it be a thing now?) was to just not tell her about the vegetable part until after she had eaten 2 slices and said that she liked it. Me telling her went something like this:
Me: Hey, Sarah, so you liked that cake yeah?
Sarah: Mmhmm
Me: Do you want to know what was in it?
Sarah: Oh God, what the heck did you put in it!? Some kind of voodoo magic or something?
Me: Er, not quite. ……it was pumpkin
Sarah: NO! vegetables and sweet things DO NOT MIX. EVER.
Me: But you liked it yeah?
Sarah: …eh, no, it was gro-
(cue my disappointed face)
Sarah: okay fine it was quite nice

So the result of my experiment?

She took half of the cake home.
I win. Mix with the victory!

* Super random side note: Ever wondered what my actual voice sounds like? last week I was exploited as a brownie judge by my friends on YouTube! You can watch the awesomeness unravel here with the benefit of actually hearing my voice (complete with English accent) and awkward laugh – for realsies!

**Super cool side note: spell check didn’t even red underline ‘awesomeness’. Spell check, I have trained ye well.

Banana, Pumpkin Caramel Cake – Gluten Free

adapted slightly from Harry Eastwood

3 eggs
3/4 cup (6 oz / 170g) light brown sugar
1 cup (250 ml) butternut squash or pumpkin puree
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup (1.6 oz / 45g) rice flour (white or brown)
1 cup (4 oz / 110g) ground almonds
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (3 oz / 85g) roughly chopped macadamia nuts, brazil nuts or pecans
1/2 cup (125 ml) of roughly mashed banana
banana slices to decorate

1/4 cup (2 oz / 55g) butter
1/2 cup (4 oz / 110g) light brown sugar
3 tbsp boiling water

Dulce de leche to serve

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C), and line an 2″ (5cm) deep, 8.5 ” (22cm) square pan with baking paper, and grease the paper a little.

In a large mixin bowl, wisk the eggs and sugar until they’re a pale cappucino colour (about 5 minutes). Beat in the butternut squash/pumpkin puree and vanilla. Whisk in the flour, round almonds, baking powder and salt. Then using a spatula, fold in the chopped nuts and mashed banana.

Pour the cake batter into the lined pan and decorate with the banana slices placing them flat onto the cake batter. Bake the cake for 30-35 minutes when the cake should be springy and cooked all the way through.

Leave the cake in it’s pan to cool while you make the syrup.

Put all the syrup ingredeints into a small saucepan and heat on medium, until everything has completely melted together. Turn the heat up and bring the mixture to the boil. Let it boil for 3 minutes, then remove it from the heat and immediately pour it all over the surface of the cake.

Let the cake absorb the syrup for 10 minutes before cutting into squares and serving with dulce de leche.

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  • Melinda (cookingalamel) April 23, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I love including veggies or healthy ingredients and then waiting until they already declare they like it before telling them – it’s the best way to go, really.. this looks fantastic. The caramelized banana slices on top would probably be my favorite part.. yummmm.

    • izy May 8, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      I always do that too, haha! Totally the best bit 🙂

  • Cupcake Crazy Gem April 23, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Ah, if only you had posted this one hour earlier! I was scouring the UK food blogs all week for a round up of the ten best ones from this week. I really struggled to find very many delicious ones, I just submitted it an hour ago to foodies 100 and then of course this delicious beauty came through on my google reader! It would have been a definite in my round up! I love the way you lined the cake with banana slices and all those flavours combined together sound so delicious!

    • izy May 8, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      aww, don’t worry, thanks anyway for the thought 🙂

  • Anonymous April 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I think ‘exploited’ is a harsh way of putting it…
    but no, we did exploit you. Oh well.

    • izy May 8, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      hahah, the brownies made up for it 😉

  • Alice Apsey April 24, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Another brilliant post. Can you suggest a simple banana cake/bread recipe for a uni student with v limited resources?(and by simple, I mean something that our dear Sarah could make) xxxx

    • izy May 8, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      haha, I told sarah to send you the one in the recipe book I gave her!

  • Kristina May 4, 2012 at 8:08 am

    what a wonderful recipe and blog, im defiantly coming back to your site frequently..also think the beating speed up in super cute
    i must confess i just scrolled through some of your older posts… 😀 amazing

    would appreciate it if you took a look at mine

    • izy May 8, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      thanks! aahh, I find it too cringey to look back at my old posts :/
      p.s. added it to my blogroll 😉

  • maria December 29, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Dulce de leche, why that’s a wondeful idea on how to combine it, here in my country it is highly consumed, thanks x recipe and inspiration

  • Georgia September 16, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    GOSH, THIS CAKE LOOKS SOOO GOOD! If I don’t have rice flour, could I replace it with regular flour?

  • Angie November 11, 2014 at 11:37 am

    I have just recently discovered your website and I truly enjoy reading all these delicious recipes but this one has inspired me immensely. I shall be baking this next week for my thanksgiving dinner.

    angie x x x

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