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Annabel Kemp
Annabel Kemp - Product & Marketing

Annabel lived and taught in Bogotá for a year and fell in love with Colombia. She’s travelled to Peru and Chile and is the newest member of our marketing team.

cuca de banana

Hailing from Southern Brazil, this delicious cake has a layer of banana and a sweet crumb topping. It is somewhere between banana bread, coffee cake and a German streusel, making it one of the most mouth-watering treats around. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to a week (though it will probably be eaten in a day!)

Ingredients 

For the cake:

  • 4 eggs (separate yolks and whites)
  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter 
  • 400g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 375g flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 4 bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 180ml milk

For the crumb topping:

  • 150g dark brown soft sugar
  • 90g plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Grease a springform cake tin and preheat your oven to 180C.
  2. Mix all the ingredients for the crumb topping together until the crumbs are pea-size. Set aside to use later.
  3. Whip the egg whites until they form stiff peaks which hold their shape. Set aside.
  4. Mix together the flour and baking powder in a medium sized bowl, set aside.
  5. In an electric mixer (or by hand in a large bowl) beat together the egg yolks, sugar and butter until creamy, then add vanilla.
  6. At a slow speed add the flour mixture a little at a time, then a little milk, alternating between the two. Fold your egg whites into the mixture.
  7. Pour half the cake mixture into your prepared cake tin. Add a layer of half the bananas, then half the crumb topping. Pour the remaining cake mixture on top and add the rest of the bananas, then the rest of the crumb topping.
  8. Bake at 180C for an hour. Check the cake is fully cooked by piercing it with a skewer- if it comes out clean, the cake is ready. Leave to cool for 15 minutes before slicing.

 

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Real Latin America Experts

  • Paul Winrow Giffen
    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Consultant

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

  • Chris Rendell Dunn
    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Consultant

    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our Sales team.

  • Sophie Barber
    Sophie Barber - Travel Consultant

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia.

  • Carrie Gallagher
    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Consultant

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Escorted Groups team.

  • Ben Line
    Ben Line - Travel Consultant

    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.

  • Mary Anne Nelson
    Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Consultant

    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made team.

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