The day Freud's Last Session closed at the end of January, I had a grand plan to take a cake to strike--the period after the last show where you take down the set and clean the theatre in preparation for the next show moving in. It's a dusty, often sweaty, process, and I frequently end up covered in paint. Once when I was painting the stage floor in preparation for the next show to move in, I literally painted myself into the center of the stage. Handy I am not--but I can bake a cake.
Banana-Walnut Bundt Cake
Adapted fron Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson
|This was all that remained of the cake after strike. David|
ate it for breakfast the next morning.
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (it took three for me)
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla
4 eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
2 tbsp. strong coffee
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a bundt pan by spritzing with nonstick baking spray.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a small bowl, then set aside. Combine the bananas and butter in another small bowl.
Scrape the mixture into the bundt pan, leveling the top. Bake for approximately 45 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool the pan on a wire rack for half an hour, then unmold and cool for a bit longer.
Serves 12 to 16.