Baking with Fran : Maya Hotcake and Cake Mixes

This week, a nasty virus has struck our family. It hit me first..and it did hit it really hard making me unable to report to work for a day and leaving me coughing and sneezing for the entire week. My voice became unrecognizable and I always have to bring a pack of tissue and a bottle of water wherever I go. I really hate getting sick. :(

Sadly, the virus may have left my body but this time it transferred to Paul and to my sister Pan. Poor thing, they're both down -- also missed work for a day and are still under medication leaving them groggy and sleepy most of the time. Needless to say, we avoided eating out most days of this week. Loading up on vitamin C and all things nutritious to keep our immune system up.

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Being sick doesn't mean though that I have lost my love for food. In fact, I spent most of my waking hours in the kitchen. True, my sense of smell may have temporarily became unreliable and so goes my sense of taste too. However it was just great timing that the nice people from Maya sent over a couple of hotcake mix and some ready-to-bake cake mixes too.

Back when I was still in grade school, I remember spending my summer baking. I never had any formal baking education thus I would make use of these pre-mixes to create a couple of baked goodies such as my favorite -- the Maya Banana Cake. Humility aside, I became so good that it that my Mom would take orders from relatives and her colleagues and that, my dear readers, was how I was able to earn my summer allowance back then. :)

We didn't have a convection oven then. All we had was a tiny oven toaster where I would baked those fluffy Banana Cakes in. I would watch my Banana Cake like a hawk and I would make sure to follow the ingredients to the letter so as not to avoid any baking disasters which would of course result to loss in profit. Haha! At age 7, I'd say I was pretty business-minded already.

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I'm glad that today, I have our trusty electric oven to use. The Maya Banana Cake is so easy to do! All you need are the following ingredients:
- 2-3 pieces of ripe banana
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1 tablespoon of cooking oil
- 1 egg
- 1 box of Maya Banana Cake Mix

Once in a while, I want to be more creative thus I would add in some chopped nuts or to satisfy my husband's discriminating taste, I would give in and add a few chocolate chips too.

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This is so easy to prepare! First I mixed the mashed ripe bananas, egg, oil, water and the cake mix together. Make sure the bananas were mashed well to avoid biting into big chunks later on.

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I also like pouring in the liquid gradually allowing me to be able to mix the whole thing well. I really hate having lumps on my cake mix.

While I'm doing all that, I pre-heated my oven at 350 degrees. As soon as everything's ready, I poured the entire mixture into my baking pan. To avoid burns and for the bottom layer to stick, I like brushing the entire pan with oil or butter; whichever you have available.

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Bake this in your convection/electric oven for 30 minutes. I believe it's shorter when done in the oven toaster. Make sure to follow the instructions well.

To check if the Banana Cake is ready, stick a small toothpick at the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean then your cake is ready to be served! Hooray! :)

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My family enjoyed my Banana Cake and the best thing was Paul gave me his thumbs-up sign. That really means a lot to me! ♥

I still have my two hotcake mixes available and a cake mix for Butter Cake and Chocolate Brownies too. I can't wait to experiments on these SOON!

Thank you Maya for sending these over! I really enjoy being able to cook and bake again.

All Maya products are available in all leading supermarkets near you.

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