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Buttermilk is best for this recipe, but feel free to substitute a combination of milk and plain yogurt, or milk alone. From the book "Lucinda's Authentic Jamaican Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).

Source: Mad Hungry, April 2011





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  • divaebb6311460
    26 FEB, 2018
    I loved this cake recipe! I made it for a big dinner and it was a huge hit. I added chopped Pecans to the crumble topping, and made it in a round springform. It was light, very tasty and not too sweet. The butter is a great ingredient (it didn't have the usual greasy feel of oily banana breads)! I too added a little cinnamon to both cake and topping. People took some home to have with coffee in the AM. Great Cake.
  • robbinsimelda
    22 JAN, 2018
    I made this cake with a few minor adjustments. I added about 2tsp cinnamon to dry ingredients. I sifted dry ingredients first then added all the wet ingredients to the mixer, stirred until just combined then added 3/4cups chopped walnuts. For the crumb I also added some cinnamon about 1tsp and a handful of walnuts. Made sure to cut in cold butter for crumb on top. Turned out good. Tastes like banana bread but is nice and thin, easy to cut into squares for guests. I would definitely make again.
  • cakengiftsini
    26 MAY, 2017
    This cake is well decorated and looking very beautiful, The recipe of this cake that you provided is also very simple. Now I am going to make it. Last time i made such beautiful cakes from :
  • Ira Puspita
    23 AUG, 2015
    I modify this recipe a little. I use 1/3 cup of honey instead of sugar for the cake batter and 1/3 cup of soy milk instead of buttermilk. I also add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. The cake turned out great, not really sweet,which is good for my taste. Thanks for the recipe. I'm sure will make it again next time.
  • namast44
    6 JUL, 2015
    This cake turned out good but I didn't follow the directions written here. I put the wet ingredients and sugar, followed by the dry I combined both and did not over mix. I often add the flour mix while standing near the mixer and once I see the flour disappear into the dough I turn off the mixer.
  • MS12310006
    13 SEP, 2014
    The cake itself is great. But I would not use the topping again, I agree with the other reviewers that it did not turn out well. I even put the topping in the fridge while I made the cake but it still came out with craters in the cake. I added a dash of honey to the bananas while mashing them. Next time I will add Walnuts and Cinnamon for the added punch.
    • Shashacooks1
      30 SEP, 2014
      This cake was not researched very well. Unless cinammon and spice was added, the cake was bland. I added 1tbs. Cinammon and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg. The streusel sank due to propotions of fat anf flour. Flour should be approx. double of fat! Not equal amounts as written. If you choose to use the streusel recipe given, bake cake 15 min. Before adding streusel. Wow! Marthas people! Didn't you research this first before you endorsed it!?
  • CKL20688719
    16 JUN, 2013
    This recipe is good but not amazing. It felt like it needed a little more flavor--next time I might try adding some cinnamon to give it some oomph. One thing to know is that the butter in the crumble topping does need to be cold, which isn't really specified. Mine was softer than it should have been because it was hot that day, so the topping left sugary craters in the cake instead of a nice crumble. Definitely an easy recipe and one I'll try again, with a couple tweaks.
    • MS12310006
      13 SEP, 2014
      I put the topping in the fridge while making the cake and had craters as well.
  • Miss Information
    24 MAR, 2013
    Best banana cake recipe ever!
  • Ann Altman
    18 FEB, 2013
    Love, Love this cake...just as you made it -but it is great that we can all have it our way! I have made this cake 4-5 time in the last couple months YUMMMMM
  • Curly Cookie
    4 NOV, 2012
    Is it okay to substitute the butter with canola or vegetable oil? Also, would it hurt the recipe if I just mixed all the wet ingredients together? I find the steps a little bit of a hassle.

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