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.ย  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. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

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

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

  6. Love the little mini’s!!

  7. Oh the minis look too cute! Beautiful!

  8. 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. Adorable! I love all your little muffins and cakes!

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

  11. 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. Very creative!!! So cute!

  14. Karen says:

    aww, these are so cute. i love the second photo. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

  18. Your minis turned out so pretty!!!!

  19. Love the little bread cookies!

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

  22. Great pictures! It all looks so yummy!

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

  24. Your cupcakes look tasty! Cute polka dots ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

  27. Great “black and white” effect. Really lovely.