Steamed Banana Cake Recipe (Bánh Chuối Hấp)

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Steamed Banana Cake Recipe (Bánh Chuối Hấp)
Steamed Banana Cake Recipe (Bánh Chuối Hấp)

For our fist recipe, we’re making one of the most incredible desserts in Vietnamese, Steamed Banana Cake (Bánh Chuối Hấp). The cake is not overly sweet and topped with creamy coconut sauce. It’s tasty and delicious. This is one way of using up all of our ripe/black banana. Other main ingredients include rice flour (or tapioca starch) and coconut milk. You will need a steamer for this recipe.

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Steamed banana cake is one of the most incredible desserts in Vietnam. The cake is not overly sweet and topped with creamy coconut sauce. It’s tasty and delicious.
Course Desserts
Cuisine Vietnamese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
For the Cake
For the Sauce
Course Desserts
Cuisine Vietnamese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
For the Cake
For the Sauce
Instructions
  1. Peel the bananas. Take 2 of 5 bananas and slice thinly. Smash the remaining by using a knife.
    Steamed Banana Cake Recipe (Bánh Chuối Hấp)
  2. Transfer the bananas into a big bowl. Add 1/4 tbsp salt and 6 tbsp sugar. Mix well and let it stand for 5 minutes.
    Steamed Banana Cake Recipe (Bánh Chuối Hấp)
  3. Add flour, water, vanilla extract, food yellow coloring. Mix well until combined.
    Steamed Banana Cake Recipe (Bánh Chuối Hấp)
  4. Brush oil over cake pan bottom and sides. Pour batter into the pan and place into the steamer and steam for 20 minutes on medium-high heat.
    Steamed Banana Cake Recipe (Bánh Chuối Hấp)
  5. Meanwhile, for the sauce, in a small bowl, add flour and water. Stir until it’s smooth.
  6. In a sauce pan, add coconut milk, sugar, water, and salt. Stir well until dissolved.
  7. Cook on medium heat until simmer and stir often. Add rice flour mixture and continue to cook and stir for 1 minute or until thicken. Turn off heat and set aside.
  8. Check the steamer and remove the cake and let it cool down for 45 minutes.
    Steamed Banana Cake Recipe (Bánh Chuối Hấp)
  9. Remove the cake from the pan and cut into diamond shapes.
  10. To serve: Place the cake on a dessert dish. Top with coconut sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds or crushed peanuts.
    Steamed Banana Cake Recipe (Bánh Chuối Hấp)
Recipe Notes

Cooking tips: When buying bananas for the cake, be sure to choose as ripe as possible. It’s good to have bananas with a few black spots on the skin. Making this cake is also a good way to use up all ripe bananas in your house.

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