black and white banana loaf (twd)

I couldn’t figure out at first whether the banana loaf Ashlee chose for TWD this week was supposed to be a cake or a quick bread. Eventually I realized that it’s in the cake section of the book, only a few pages after the pound cake recipe. But that didn’t stop me from baking it in a muffin pan.

Other TWD members had a lot of problems with this recipe, claiming that the batter was too liquidy. I didn’t really have any issues, although the batter was curdled at the end and looked really gross. Also – for something that I thought would be pretty straightforward, this used a surprising amount of dishes.

My correctly-sized loaf pan is in the freezer full of mushroom lasagna, so I had to bake the recipe in smaller dishes. That meant I could play around with some different methods of combining the batters. I was eager to try polka-dots.  It was fairly successful; I think they’d work better in a larger pan, but this was a good learning experience.

But I thought it was really good. Dave said that it was good but not something that he’d ever really ask me make, so I must have liked it more than he did. I thought the little cakes had a nice texture – they’re really moist, but also nice and firm. The banana flavor is pretty subtle, which I don’t prefer in banana bread, but I liked in this cake.

The recipe can be found on Ashlee’s blog.


  1. manggy says:

    Hee hee! Creepy curdled batter! No matter- the finished product looks flawless. I don’t think I have a preference w/r/t banana-ness in banana cake. I think I like it all, as long as the cake itself has a good texture :)

  2. pamela says:

    All of your varieties look great. The color of them looks very much like Dorie’s finished product in the book, too.

  3. Tartelette says:

    That last picture makes me wish I had some for breakfast! Nice!!

  4. Jules says:

    I agree with you on the dishes. These are totally adorable! I love the minis.

  5. Esther says:

    I like it! Very cute! That breakfast recipe underneath this post looks wonderful

  6. Love the little mini’s!!

  7. ovenhaven says:

    Oh the minis look too cute! Beautiful!

  8. mari says:

    Your minis look great! I too had problems with the recipe and I wasn’t that impressed with how my loaf turned out in the end. I’m glad to see that it was just me and not the recipe.

  9. Mary Ann says:

    Adorable! I love all your little muffins and cakes!

  10. too cute for words! love all the different marbling!

  11. CB says:

    Love the muffin loaf minis! So cute! Great job!
    Clara @ iheartfood4thought

  12. Oh, these turned out so cute! I’m making the loaf tonight.

  13. Tara says:

    Very creative!!! So cute!

  14. Karen says:

    aww, these are so cute. i love the second photo. :)

  15. Melissa says:

    I love what you came up with, very cute!!

  16. I love how they all turned out, but the two at the top are my faves – very cool!

  17. Caitlin says:

    The real question is – how’d you get the appearance on the top two? Those are just too cool.

  18. Linda says:

    Your minis turned out so pretty!!!!

  19. uglydudefood says:

    Love the little bread cookies!

  20. Mara says:

    I love your little mini brioche cakies, I did the same thing with mine, they came out so fun. And the taste…YUM! I also baked one of each flavor separately so that I could gauge. Subtle banana for sure. We just finished our mini cylinder cake tonite.

  21. Bronte says:

    woww yum…looks awesome!
    love the mini cakes! verrry cute
    great job!

  22. Tracey says:

    Great pictures! It all looks so yummy!

  23. Lori says:

    These made me laugh out loud with delight! What a wonderful, playful approach to this recipe. I love it.

  24. Rigby says:

    Your cupcakes look tasty! Cute polka dots :)

  25. Jayne says:

    I love all your little cakes! The different styles of marbling are so pretty!

  26. Erin says:

    I love what you did with this recipe. It’s nice to see all your variety!

  27. Rebecca says:

    Great “black and white” effect. Really lovely.

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