"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > Recipes & Ingredients > Desserts, Sweets & Cookies & Candy > Cakes & Cupcakes
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 06-15-2011, 05:14 PM   #1
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 1
Help my banana and walnut cake please?

hi folks this is my first post so any help will be very much appreciated.

i regularly bake a banana and walnut cake and every time without fail the top splits open during baking.

any ideas as to what i am doing wrong please?

i may need to supply more info but i will wait to see what the initial response is.

i am a relative duffer in the baking stakes!

thanks

__________________

__________________
dhb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2011, 05:18 PM   #2
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Uncle Bob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Small Town Mississippi
Posts: 17,392
Oven to hot...Check with oven thermometer to see if it matches what you have it set on........Welcome to DC

PS....I'm kinda a baking duffer too
__________________

__________________
There is only one Quality worse than Hardness of Heart, and that is Softness of Head.

Kool-Aid...Think Before You Drink
Uncle Bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2011, 07:47 PM   #3
Master Chef
 
Aunt Bea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: near Mount Pilot
Posts: 7,005
Cracking can be a result of the temperature but, also the amount of flour or liquid. It is not easy to get the moisture right in this type of cake due to the variation in the size and ripeness of the bananas. If the cake tastes good I would live with it as a rustic homestyle item. A good dollop of whipped cream can hide most any crack.
__________________
Aunt Bea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2011, 07:49 PM   #4
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Uncle Bob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Small Town Mississippi
Posts: 17,392
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aunt Bea View Post
Cracking can be a result of the temperature but, also the amount of flour or liquid. It is not easy to get the moisture right in this type of cake due to the variation in the size and ripeness of the bananas. If the cake tastes good I would live with it as a rustic homestyle item. A good dollop of whipped cream can hide most any crack.
My Granddaddy used to say a Cake wasn't any good if it didn't fall apart a bit.....
__________________
There is only one Quality worse than Hardness of Heart, and that is Softness of Head.

Kool-Aid...Think Before You Drink
Uncle Bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2011, 11:12 AM   #5
Senior Cook
 
ChocolateFrosting's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: London
Posts: 116
Don't worry this happens to my banana loaf all the time! Bake for half the time exposed and then pop some tin foil over the case for the second half. Plus it means you can bake on for slightly longer without burning the top of the cake. The moist stays in (I'm guessing it's like steaming really) and the loaf only suffers minor crackage.

That said, it might just be a loaf thing. :) Good luck
__________________
ChocolateFrosting is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2011, 11:50 AM   #6
Head Chef
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,722
I can't answer your question but failing that I think it needs to be said that there is nothing so yummy looking as a well crowned banana bread (cake) with that big old inviting looking crack down the middle. For my money that is what it's supposed to look like. Sort of rustic. I don't know why but if that crack isn't there something in my head tells me it just isn't going to taste as good.
__________________
joesfolk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2011, 11:55 AM   #7
Senior Cook
 
ChocolateFrosting's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: London
Posts: 116
Quote:
Originally Posted by joesfolk View Post
[...] there is nothing so yummy looking as a well crowned banana bread (cake) with that big old inviting looking crack down the middle. For my money that is what it's supposed to look like. Sort of rustic. I don't know why but if that crack isn't there something in my head tells me it just isn't going to taste as good.
Haha, I totally agree!! I love it when they come straight out the oven all cracked and steaming. Plus if they're really moist and lovely they crumble to bits anyway.

But the cracks do make them difficult to ice (royal icing esp) for decorated birthday cakes.
__________________
ChocolateFrosting is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2011, 12:16 PM   #8
Cook
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 98
Maybe try a water bath and see if that helps. Also, make sure you aren't over mixing it.
__________________
CookingMamaof2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2011, 10:12 AM   #9
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Posts: 2
as most have said; you propably wont be able to make it not crack, but you could scratch the surface with a knife before baking (as bakers do with bread and stuff) to make it look more proffesional : )
__________________
iokken is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2011, 11:20 AM   #10
Head Chef
 
Josie1945's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Sunny Central Florida
Posts: 2,002
[QUOTE=dhb;1012403]hi folks this is my first post so any help will be very much appreciated.

i regularly bake a banana and walnut cake and every time without fail the top splits open during baking.

any ideas as to what i am doing wrong please?

i may need to supply more info but i will wait to see what the initial response is.

i am a relative duffer in the baking stakes!



Welcome to DC.

Josie
__________________

__________________
Practice Random Acts of Kindness ( RAK ) Makes you feel great too
Josie1945 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
banana, cake, other

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:23 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.