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Santiago Banana Cake Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
- ½ cup chopped walnuts

Special Equipment Needed:
- 9-inch round cake pan
- Electric mixer

Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the mashed bananas.
4. Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the banana mixture until just blended. Fold in the walnuts.
5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
6. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes
Temperature: 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
Serving Size: 9-inch round cake

Nutritional Information:
Calories: 431
Fat: 18.2 g
Carbohydrates: 59.3 g
Protein: 6.3 g

Substitutions for Ingredients
- Butter: Can be substituted with coconut oil or vegan butter
- White sugar: Can be substituted with brown sugar, coconut sugar, or maple syrup
- Eggs: Can be substituted with flax eggs

- Add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the batter for a cinnamon-banana flavor
- Add 1/2 cup of shredded coconut to the batter
- Add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to the batter

Tips and Tricks:
- Make sure the butter is softened before creaming with the sugar
- Mash the bananas until they are smooth
- Use overripe bananas for a more intense banana flavor

Storage Instructions:
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Reheating Instructions:
Wrap the cake in aluminum foil and heat in a 350 degree F (175 degree C) oven for 10 minutes.

Presentation Ideas:
- Dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar
- Top with fresh banana slices
- Drizzle with melted chocolate

- Whipped cream
- Chocolate shavings
- Chopped walnuts

- Coffee
- Vanilla ice cream
- Caramel sauce

Suggested Side Dishes:
- Fruit salad
- Green salad
- Roasted vegetables

Troubleshooting Advice:
- If the cake is too dry, add a few tablespoons of milk to the batter
- If the cake is too wet, add a few tablespoons of flour to the batter

Food Safety Advice:
- Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature before using
- Make sure the eggs are fresh
- Make sure the butter is softened to room temperature

Food History:
Bananas have been cultivated in the Caribbean since the 16th century. The banana cake is a popular dessert in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Flavor Profiles:
This cake is sweet and moist with a hint of banana and nutty flavor from the walnuts.

Serving Suggestions:
Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

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Taste: Sweet, Moist, Rich, Banana, Vanilla, Banana-Flavored, Vanilla-Infused