Fijian Banana Cake Recipe | Food Around the World

Monthly World Food Feature: Fijian Banana Cake Recipe. I visited Fiji in 2008 and I can tell you from experience: A party without banana cake in Fiji is like no party at all.

And since the locals party quite often, I ate a LOT of banana cake. This is, of course, no complaint at all…

I love to share this recipe with you, but only if you promise to make it for the 20+ people it’s meant to be for. No eating alone!

Share your cake Fiji-style.

Banana Cake Recipe (‘China Keke’)

What do you need?

(serves 20+)

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 table spoons butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 5 cups of self raising flour (or plain flour with 5 teaspoons of baking powder)
  • 1 ½ cups of milk or coconut milk
  • 4 bananas

What to do?

  1. Pre-heat the oven to a moderate heat (on the island we had a stone oven with no temperature reader on it, but I would say about 180°C / 160 °C (fan) or gas mark 4)
  2. Beat the sugar and butter together until soft
  3. Beat in the eggs (one at a time) until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is fluffy
  4. Add the flour (little by little) to make a very soft dough
  5. Mash the bananas and stir these into the mixture
  6. Add the milk and mix all together
  7. Grease the cake tray and then pour in the mixture
  8. Bake for 45 minutes

Easy Icing

  1. Mix together 7 tablespoons of Icing Sugar and 3 tablespoons butter
  2. When the cake is baked and smelling delicious, leave to cool
  3. Then spread the icing sugar thickly (very important) all over the cake

Serve with?

Fijian banana cake is Totoka (very good) with a cup of tea with milk

Vinaka na keke! (Thanks for the cake!)

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  1. says: Jeff Shft

    We shared this banana cake fiji this week. Everyone in the family loves it! Every bite burst with happiness, it’s like the heaven opened its gates. This is so good, so thumbs up!

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