Pound Cake Perfection with Banana Bread variation

A delicious recipe for pound cake that can easily be adapted to banana bread. I usually double the recipe and make 1 loaf of each. They're both so good!

Photo by Tina T.
Delicious, moist and dense pound cake.

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

60

minutes

SERVINGS

1

loaf

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

60

minutes

SERVINGS

1

servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2

    cup canola or safflower oil

  • 2

    tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2

    tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

  • 1

    cup raw sugar

  • 1/4

    cup dark brown sugar

  • 2

    teaspoons vanilla

  • 3

    eggs

  • 1/3

    cup full-fat coconut milk

  • 1/3

    cup water or, instead of water use coconut milk: 2/3 cup Lite coconut milk

  • 2

    tablespoons orange juice

  • 3/4

    cup brown rice flour, finely ground

  • 3/4

    cup potato starch

  • 3/4

    cup tapioca starch

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoons guar gum (do not use xanthan gum)

  • 1

    scant teaspoon salt

  • 1 1/4

    teaspoon baking powder

  • BANANA LOAF VARIATION:

  • 1

    super-ripe banana, mashed

  • 1

    teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 to 1

    cup walnuts, chopped, optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Oil and sugar two loaf pans: I used two 8×4-inch pans. In the bowl of a mixer, combine oils, applesauce, sugar/brown sugar, vanilla, eggs, coconut milk and/or water, and orange juice. Mix until sugar dissolves, slightly. Add flours, xanthan/guar gum, salt, and baking powder. Mix for two minutes, or until all ingredients have transformed into a well-combined batter. Pour into prepared pans. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, until toothpick in the middle comes out clean. Let cool in pans 10 to 20 minutes, then un-mold onto a cooling rack until fully cooled. Can be stored on counter, in refrigerator, or freezer (this cake actually freezes very well). BANANA LOAF VARIATION: Pour half of above batter into loaf pan. To remaining batter, add banana, cinnamon, and walnuts, mixing until the banana and cinnamon are well-combined. Pour into other loaf pan. Bake as directed above. Note: I usually make one pound cake and one banana loaf; I assume the above could be doubled to make two banana loaves, but I’ve never actually tried it.

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