Banana Cake… For Me, You, and Puppy Too!

banana cake ingredients

Every birthday party I’ve ever been to, if the birthday person gets cake, I get cake. Why should that be any different when it’s your puppy’s birthday? No, I’m not suggesting we eat dog food. I suggesting puppy eat a little bit of people food. 🙂 For a list of foods NOT to give to your puppy go here. I saw on another website that walnuts were also bad for your pooch. My ‘little-bit’ actually did not do well with peanut butter when he was little, so I’ve avoided all nuts for him ever since. Let’s get to that cake!

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, then you know that I like science and I like to experiment… I also like math. So I’ve done the math for you. 🙂

Banana Cake, For Me, You, and Puppy Too!
adapted from The Peaceful Palate

Rating: Awesome

You will need:

  • 9 ” springform pan, lightly oiled
  • 4″ springform pan, lightly oiled

‘wet’ ingredients

  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup oil (I use canola)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

dry ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

for puppy

  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup (feel free to use less)

for humans

  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped (or pecans)

Now I KNOW that this isn’t the usual way of combining ingredients for a cake… the baking cops will catch me one day… but I do not know how else to efficiently separate out the sugar. Sure you could do the math on every ingredient and make two separate cakes that way, but why not just do the math on one ingredient and make two cakes? That’s what I did, feel free to experiment what ever way you want. 😛

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Next add oil, water, and vanilla, mix to combine.
  3. Next add baking soda and salt. (Side Note: I do this here because I’m personally tired of always getting that one salty bite or cookie, so I put the salt and leavening in the ‘wet’ ingredients.)
  4. Now add flour. Mix to combine.
  5. Now the fun part… take 3/4 cup of batter and put into another mixing bowl, this is for puppy.
  6. To puppy’s batter, add 2 Tbsp. (or less) maple syrup and mix to combine. Pour this into the prepared 4″ springform pan. Set aside.
  7. To the rest of the batter, add 3/4 cup maple syrup, mix to combine.
  8. Add walnuts, mix. (Yes, I forgot this step. In the photo you can see that I put the walnuts on top of the cake, instead.) Pour batter into prepared 9″ springform pan.
  9. banana cake b/f bake

  10. Place both cake pans into the oven, bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Checking on the small cake after 15 minutes, my small cake required 25 minutes.
  11. banana cake after bake

  12. Allow to cool 10 minutes, then remove from springform pan and place on cooling racks until completely cooled.
  13. banana cake cooling

  14. Cut puppy cake into fourths. (Side note: I will give him only 1/4 of the cake a day.)
  15. Get camera and take pictures of puppy eating his portion (1/4 of small cake). 🙂


1- first bites 2 - chewing 3 - yum 4 - that was good 5 - really good 6 - can I have more?

** I just discovered the function on my camera called burst. I literally took 61 pictures in the ~6 minutes it took ‘little-bit’ to devour that cake! 😀 **

I store the cake in a glass cake dome at room temperature for 5 days or less.

cake in dome
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Banana Cake, Mine, ALL MINE!
adapted from The Peaceful Palate

Rating: Awesome

You will need:

  • 9 ” springform pan, lightly oiled

wet ingredients

  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup oil (I use canola) (EDIT: or scant 1/3 cup apple sauce and 1 Tbsp. canola oil)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup maple syrup (EDIT: I actually prefer this cake with only 2/3 cup maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

dry ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (or pecans)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Next add in the *proper* cake baking order… the wet ingredients, followed by the dry ingredients.
  3. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  4. Allow to cool 10 minutes, then remove from springform pan and place on cooling rack until completely cooled.

Store in a glass cake dome at room temperature for 5 days or less.

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8 thoughts on “Banana Cake… For Me, You, and Puppy Too!

  1. That looks good… and it looks like “lil bit” enjoyed it too. Although he didn’t try the apple pie, my hubby would DEFINITELY try this, as he loves bananas. No wonder you got so many bananas on produce Wednesday!!!!

    • I do love bananas, I figured if I couldn’t eat them fast enough I would make the cake. The cake, as you know if you’ve made banana bread, tastes better with ripe bananas. It’s a win-win! 🙂

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