Simple banana cake for everyday baking and eating
This banana cake is simply amazing, deceptively simple. I’ll make this when I have ripe bananas begging to be saved, or when I go out specifically looking for ripe bananas to make this cake. It is for no occasion other than the occasion being you feel like banana cake. That is the occasion.
I often wonder why anyone would want to purchase cake at all if they could make this cake, any cake this simple for that matter. It must cost me around ten dollars and not a great deal of my time. Usually, I will prepare the cake for the oven while waiting for grains to cook, something I should not be away from too long. Boiling corn. I either bake this cake in a 23 cm round tin or 20 cm by 20 cm square tin, it turns out perfect every time. If you don't yet own a good cake tin, I highly recommend Nordic Ware. I have two of their Leakproof Springform Pans; the 7-inch used here and a 9-inch which I purchased at the same time five years back now. Sometimes I will make the ganache, but often leave it plain, and unadulterated. I figured since it was ultra-moist that the cake would stand on its’ own. And it does. I make it weekly, I will make another this weekend. It is practical.
Practical though not always ideal. I buy bananas, they are not produced locally but nothing is perfect. We don’t need perfect though. We need more people with an imperfect practice, taking pride in all the small triumphs, doing whatever they can within their means, on their terms. With few exceptions we, the people need to commit to addressing human rights issues, if the approach were to have brands lead the narrative we could not expect anything of significance in terms of progress. Only 1 out of 14 bananas sold in New Zealand are Fairtrade.
Supermarkets, retailers generally have conditioned people to expect promotions, to expect low prices. We need to normalise fair pricing. The media we consume, algorithms, funnels our views on these issues. What we choose to consume today informs what we will consume tomorrow; and this narrow view of reality, what we receive shapes our interests and values. Redefining the role of media and embracing its responsibility to question our current food system - its’ environmental and social impacts will be immensely challenging. And therefore so will achieving mainstream awareness.