Friday, 16 August 2013

[Recipe] Gula Melaka Banana Cake With Walnuts

My family members love "banana" cake except me. But about two weeks ago, when I saw Maryann (@tubbykat) Gula Melaka Banana Bread's photo on Instagram (here) I know immediately I am going to bake something similar. The main reason is not because of the banana but it's rather on my favourite "Gula Melaka" which is one of the key ingredients for this recipe.

For your information Gula Melaka (palm sugar) can be found in most Asian Supermarkets and you can use it to make dessert, kueh, cake or melt it to use a syrup for sweetening too.


For this Banana Cake recipe, I replaced caster sugar with shaved gula melaka so alternatively you can also used the 140g brown/caster sugar too. I love the soft and moist texture of this cake as well as a scent of light fragrant from the palm sugar used. And in order to create caramelized taste for the banana toppings, I also sprinkler some extra shaved gula melaka on top of the batter before baking.

(Make: 7" Square Tin | Preparation: 10 minutes | Baking Time: 50 minutes)

  • 250g Lurprak Unsalted Butter, soften
  • 140g Shaved Gula Melaka
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Eggs (55g each)
  • 270g Self-raising Flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 240g Ripe Bananas, mashed
  • 60g Chopped Walnuts
  • 30ml Kahlua
  • * 30g Shaved Gula Melaka, optional
  • * Some extra Walnuts (whole) And Banana (slices) for decoration

1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (degree Celsius), grease and line cake pan with baking paper. Or for easy serving, bake them in individual cupcake case.

2. Beat butter, shaved gula melaka and vanilla using an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time until well mixed.

3. Next fold in half portion of the sifted flours (flour, baking soda and salt) till well mixed, add in mashed banana and stir till combined with the remaining flours.

4. Lastly stir in Kahula and chopped walnuts, mixed till combined.

4. Pour batter into prepared cake pan, top with sliced banana, walnuts and generous amount of shaved gula melaka.

5. Bake in preheated oven for approximately 50 minutes until a skewer in the middle comes out clean. For cupcake size, bake for approximately 20 - 25 minutes.

6. Cool cake completely in the pan on top of the wire rack before cutting.

For those who requested for this recipe, I hope you will like it and do remember to use ripe banana for this recipe so that you cake will taste better with the sweet aroma from the banana. Till then have a great weekend ahead and happy baking......


  1. Can the kahlua be omitted? Can this be done in a hcp?

    1. Hi Julia, You can replace Kahlua with RUM if you have or else u can omit it. Yes you can use HCP for this cake.

  2. This looks sooooo delicious! BTW, which brand of your fav gula melaka you used?

    1. Thanks Edit. I am lucky to have some good one from Malacca that friend bought back for me. But if not, usually I will use the coconut leave wrap packaging that I get from Phoon Huat/Bake King. Think is around S$3+

  3. What should i replace khalua with?

    1. Hi Sodabella, you can replace it with RUM or omit it :)

  4. Looks so delicious. Definitely bake this soon. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Veronica, thanks for your kind words. Do share with us your version if you do try out this recipe :)

  5. I want these for my breakfast tomorrow! Looks so delicious!

  6. Hi Cuisine Paradise, if we were to omit kahlua, would e cake b drier? Cos it would be omission of 30ml of liquid.

  7. Gula Melaka and banana sounds like a winner! I love the addition of kahlua and the idea of shaved gula melaka on top.

  8. Thanks for sharing, I love to try out but bty what is kahlua?

    1. Hi there Kahlua is a coffee liquor but u can replace it with RUM or omit :)

  9. Hey is the lurpark 250g or 200g? Its sold as 200g per piece. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi there, the Lurpark unsalted butter comes in 250g a block in Singapore :)

  10. hi, do u take orders for Wholemeal banana chiffon cake?

  11. I love walnut cake, have been baking it on and off. Yours looks fantastic, have bookmarked your recipe and will definitely try it soon :)


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