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Trying to recreate vegan treat from Birdbath Bakery, NYC

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Anyone have any ideas on how to recreate Birdbath's vegan banana-sesame-agave cake? I had it the other day and it was so good. Crunchy texture on the outside from a coating of sesame seeds and nice and moist on the inside with the banana. A nice sesame/banana flavor throughout. I was thinking this would make a great breakfast food.

Here is a link to a picture of the original: http://nymag.com/bestofny/food/2008/v...

Any ideas would be appreciated! I got some bananas at home.

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  1. Based upon what I read, here's my try:

    8 ounces whole-wheat flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds
    1/4 cup banana chips (subst. 1 VERY ripe banana, mashed)
    5 eggs, separated
    3 ounces softened unsalted butter
    1/2 cup agave syrup
    3 ounces water

    Combine first three ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl combine and beat the egg yolks, butter and agave syrup until smooth. Add 3 ounces of water, stir to blend, then combine wet and dry ingredients into a smooth batter. Stir in banana chips.
    Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold the egg whites into the batter and pour into an 8 inch cake pan. Bake in 350 degree oven, 35 - 40 minutes or until cake is set.

    1. Thanks todao! Not vegan, but a strong contender. I'm going to give a bunch of suggestions a shot this weekend.

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      1. re: rockchick

        Ooops; Can you tell I don't do Vegan? Well, anyhow, there are plenty of vegan substitutions for eggs and butter (and other stuff) out there so I'm sure you'll find a method for creating the result you want. It's the thrill of the adventure in trying to create something I've never tried before that intrigues me.

      2. Actually, banana and oil is a good substitute for eggs, and more oil can be used instead of butter. If it's a banana cake, you won't need to worry about it having a banana-y flavor. Here's a site with some general vegan proportions: http://www.theppk.com/veganbaking.html. Also you might want to reference a cookbook (My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World) to help you plan.