Thursday, May 26, 2011



Oh, it's not that easy being a Gemini. I think that should talk enough for this whole post. You know what? We are a crazy bunch but I still will and forever fight back if people say we are double-faced. We all are, it's not just the May 22 - June 22 born fabulous people alone :-)  I'm in a good mood today...to whine! I mean, I was so happy on Sunday when my little brother topped his school in Business Studies and grabbed a 'Distinction' for his board exams and till I decided to bake a cake to celebrate !
Why is it so difficult for me to chose one recipe and then stick onto it? Why do I want to experiment all the time? Why do I go to the kicthen with my mind fixed on one (I start with an Oreo Pie) but ends up making a 'totally different' something ( a Sorbet!!!) which has absolutely nothing to do the former idea(Am I being repetitive?)? Why do my mind wander so much? Why do I dream so much?Why am I whining so much on a Thursday when I'm usually very happy about the next day, Friday?
Ah! That word Friday just cheered me up, peeps! It's the day I look forward to from Sunday. What is so special you may ask? I have no answer to give you for that. It just like any other day, but there's something about Friday! Jobin tells me  that I forget how to cook on weekends, maybe that's why! So it's Friday tomorrow and it's a long weekend this time! Yay! I'm super happy now! See how my mood changed from what you just read above? Life of a Gemini!
Chocolate Chip Banana Squarecakes
I  baked these eggless cakes using Aparna's recipe a while back and since I didn't bake a cake to celebrate Ritchie's success, I thought I'd just use this instead...after all I promised you guys a cake! :)

75g butter,softened at room temperature
3/4 c firmly packed brown sugar
1 large banana
2-3 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cardamom powder (optional)
1 1/2 c all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 c semi sweet chocolate chips

Pre-heat the oven to 350F and prepare your cake tin. You can use your regular square cake tin or use a tin like mine, if you have one.

Puree the banana with milk , vanilla and cardamom powder,if you are using.
In another bowl, beat together butter and sugar till it's creamy and fluffy, about 1 minute.
Add the pureed banana to it and beat on medium till well incorporated.
Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into the bowl and beat on medium speed till it is incorporated.
Fold in the chocolate chips.
Pour the batter into the prepared tin  and sprinkle some extra chocolate chips if you'd like.Bake for 20-25 mins (for my kind of tin) or 30-40 mins for the bigger tin (8 inch square). Cool in the tin for 5 mins and then unmould it and cool on wire rack.
This cake keeps well for almost 4 days.

Verdict: You can never miss the eggs in this cake. It's really nice and soft with a subtle banana flavour. I'm sure you can eat this for breakfast too!


Cool Lassi(e) said...

Hey, Geminis are a confused yet lovable bunch! I should know cause I am married to one plus my sister is married to (another) one. So we have our share of Geminis in the family. What I can tell you is that its a huge challenge for a Gemini and a Scorpio to co-exist in a harmonious manner under the same roof..**phew** Sparks fly and not in a good way most of the times..so there~ What do you think of a Scorpio's Whine??
Those banana squares are fab! My taste-buds longggg for a bite!And happy longg week-end!

Tia said...


divya said...

looks super gorgeous and irresistible..yummy!!

Sarah said...

the square cupcakes are so adorable! And Im in love with the green checked table cloth! Yeah even Im finding myself loving eggless baking these days. The truth is, u dont always need eggs and there are so many wonderful things that do the same things that an egg does for a dish :)

Finla said...

Looks yumm, Wishi could taste one :-) Congragulations to you lil brother.

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

Yes, this does qualify for cake! :)
Just love those lovely square cupcakes.
Happy to know you share our love for this cake.

Nithya said...

Congrats to your little bro :) I really know how it feels when our siblings achieve something :)

The square shaped muffins look so damn cool :) Love it when its unconventional :) Damn tempting with chocochips..

And yup have a great weekend :) enjoy

Priya Suresh said...

Congrats to your lil bro, square shaped muffins looks attractive and addictive..

Sunanda said...

Cookies looks just perfect.. like the addition of chocolate chips in that..

Sunanda's Kitchen

Unknown said...

Love the different shape :)

Divya Kudua said...

First things first-A Big congrats to your li'l bro!

I am in love with the pan and the paper liners--how I wish we got that kind of stuff here!Anyway,I have all the ingredients mentioned and I just might make this today.Looks too good to be true!

Unknown said...

Congrats to ur brother! I luv those square muffin pan and liners...And the muffins looks soo good

Nivedita Thadani said...




Purnima said...

Yum recipe..Ria!The pics speak volume! Perfectly baked n tempting pics! Tks for sharing!

Vimitha Durai said...

Lovely and yummy squares Ria... U have a wonderful space... Happy to follow u...
Vimitha @ My culinary Trial room

Vatsala. said...

Congrats to your brother. I want to grab a peice. Lovely presentation
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Archana said...

Congrats to your bro!
Love these cupcakes. Will try them out once school reopens.

Nachiketa said...

So happy for you and for your bro....
now ure going to have such a fabulous birthday!!!!! yayyyy!!!!!

The Variable, Crazy Over Desserts - Nachiketa
Catch me on facebook @ Crazy Over Desserts

Lisa said...

Mmm, those look like such cute little handheld treats and the banana chocolate combo sounds delicious. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog all weekend and I'd love it if you'd come by and link your squares up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/05/sweets-for-saturday-19.html

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

These banana squares look so good. Your photos are so pretty and bright. I'd love for you to stop in and show off your recipe today at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight. Have a blessed day :)

Chef in Training said...

YUM! these look amazing! definitely going on my "must-try" list! I found your blog through a link party and i LOVE it! I love making new blog friends! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

ScorpioN7 said...

Hi Ria...new to your blog. I love it...ur pictures, style of writing...hope to vvisit it on a regular basis. Made these cakes today and they turned out so delicious. And easy too.

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