Bejarana Cake (Banana Cake)

Chef Carmelo
A delicious banana cake recipe with the flavors of Venezuela.
Course Dessert


  • 500 grams panela or brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 12 cloves
  • 2 cups panela or mollasses
  • 4 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp butter to grease the mold
  • 2 large ripe bananas or ½ kilo of pulp, already baked
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup fine grated fresh white cheese
  • 1/4 cup sweet moscatel


  • The oven is preheated to 180 º C.
  • In advance, you make a molasses in a large pot, put the papelón, water and cloves. Over low heat bring to a boil and cook until the last drops fall slowly from a spoon of so that they form a small strand, about 20 minutes. The molasses are strained through a wire strainer, to remove the cloves, the impurities from the molasses and allow to cool.
  • Spread a tablespoon of butter a rectangular or square baking pan can be greased, it can be glass or metal. Cover with baking paper and grease again with the other tablespoon of butter. Sprinkle the bottom with a tablespoon of breadcrumbs and a tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds, set aside.
  • Bananas with their skin are baked and baked for 30 minutes. The skin and central veins are removed. Then the pulp is mixed together with the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter, beaten in an electric mixer, successively adding the eggs, the bicarbonate, the remaining breadcrumbs, the sweet pepper, the cinnamon, the nutmeg, 2 tablespoons of sesame and the molasses. It is beaten about 5 to 6 minutes. Add the cheese and wine and beat for 2 minutes. The mixture is poured into a mold. Smooth the surface with a spatula and sprinkle with the remaining spoon of toasted sesame seeds.
  • Bake about 60 minutes, until sticking with a toothpick or point of a knife comes out dry. It is removed from the oven, it is left to rest about 5 minutes. It is removed from the mold, the paper is removed, it is turned on a tray and sprinkled with an extra toasted sesame seed.

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