Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Billie tries her cake and eyes up a second helping
I used to be suspicious of cakes boasting of their low-sugar low-fat credentials. What's the point?

Well, this pumpkin and banana loaf passed the first test immediately - it tasted GOOD.

And when you're trying to keep your baby/toddler/child/self away from sugar, suddenly recipes like these are winners.

If you're hosting a one-year-old's birthday, this cake has the added bonus of being the right shape. No need for fancy sculpting with lots of sweet sticky icing.

And the babies, toddlers and kids all came back for more. Especially Billie.

I have only slightly adapted this from a recipe courtesy of Cherie at our ante-natal mother's group.

Billie's First Birthday Cake

1 cup self raising flour
1/2 cup wholemeal self raising flour
1/4 t baking soda
1 t ground ginger
1 t cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups grated pumpkin
1 large banana, mashed
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup sultanas
 2 eggs
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup plain, unsweetened yoghurt

Preheat oven to 180c. Oil a loaf tin and dust with flour or else line with paper. Sift dry ingredients into large bowl and stir through sugar. In a separate small bowl mix walnuts, sultanas, pumpkin and banana together. In another bowl whisk eggs, oil and yoghurt together. Add wet to dry and blend well with electric mixer, or else use wooden spoon. Stir through pumpkin mixture and pour into tin. Place on low-middle shelf of oven and cook for about an hour or when skewer comes out clean. Check after 50 minutes. I had to cover with foil towards the end as browned quickly on top and still wet at bottom, but will depend on your oven.

Leave for ten minutes in tin before turning out on wire rack to cool. Dust lightly with icing sugar before serving.

Training back from Melbourne


  1. Hi Sarah,

    Wow Billie is one! A big happy birthday from us!

    Thanks for the yummy Pumpkin and Banana loaf recipe- I made it yesterday with some pumpkin from the garden I didn't have any walnuts but it is still totally yummy and super moist. It hit the spot and baking was a great distraction as I am on the count down, only 3 days till my due date.

    Lots of Love
    Melanie and Tas

  2. Hi Mel and Tas,
    Wow - how exciting. Best of luck.
    Pleased the loaf worked. How lovely to have ingredients in the garden. Your place will be perfect for bringing up bub.