Indulging Vietnamese Banana Cake
(Banh Chuoi Nuong) with Coconut

Vietnamese Banana Cake

There are many variations to the delicious Vietnamese Banana Cake. Traditionally made with coconut milk, this version from Luke Nguyen's Song of Sapa uses sweetened condensed milk instead, which is just as delicious and not as overly sweet as you would expect.

However, I have added some freshly grated coconut (dessicated coconut works well too) to the recipe to bring a hint of coconut aroma and richer flavor to the cake.

More like a bread pudding in texture rather than a cake, this traditional Vietnamese banana cake is dense, flavorful and aromatic. When you eat this, you can really taste and smell of sweet bananas in it.

The process to make this cake is very simple yet and you can't really go wrong with it. In fact, you can get creative by adding dried fruit and nuts to the mixture.

Note: When I was travelling to Indonesia, I noticed that the Indonesians had a similiar version to this baked banana cake too which really makes this cake a truly classic Asian dessert.

Servings: 20cm round cake
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 1 hour

You can use any type of bananas, as long as they are firm and fairly ripe.

5 medium size bananas, sliced thinly
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 caster sugar
1 cup butter, melted
1 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
7 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup grated coconut (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 4000ºF/200ºC.
2. In a bowl, combine bananas with sugar and set aside.
3. In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, condensed milk, butter, and mix. Add in flour and mix well.
4. Gently fold in bananas and coconut to the mixture.
6. Pour mixture into a greased and floured pan.
7. Bake for 1 hour until golden brown, or until a wooden pick comes out clean.
8. Allow to cool before removing from pan. Serve warm or cold.

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It was delectable! My favorite part is the top of the cake-yum! It´s sunny yellow in color, thanks to the eggs and butter. - Rosario, El Salvador

I am not a good baker AT ALL....but this was easy, delicious and I will make it again for sure!!! Happy Baking! - Valarie, Australia

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