Gimme Some Skin!

Updated: Aug 27, 2019

There are so many wonderful things that you can make with odds and ends of your fruit & veg 🙌

While testing recipes for our in house banana bread we drew some inspiration from this delicious layered banana cake which is super easy to make at home 🍌



For the cake:

  • Peels from 2 very ripe bananas, stem and very bottom discarded

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened, plus more for buttering the pans

  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar

  • 2 large eggs, separated

  • ½ cup buttermilk

  • 1 2/3 cups cake flour, plus more flour (any type) for flouring the pans

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda¼ teaspoon baking powder½ teaspoon fine-grain sea salt

For the frosting:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter

  • 1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar

  • ¼ cup milk, 2% or higher

  • 1 ¾ to 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted



  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg

  2. To make the cake: Cut the banana peels into 3cm pieces and place them in a small saucepan with 1 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly, then drain the banana peels, reserving a ¼ cup of the cooking water.

  3. Meanwhile, butter and flour the sides of two 20cm round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper. Butter and flour the pans again to coat the paper.

  4. Transfer the peels and the ¼ cup of cooking water to a tall narrow container and puree with an immersion blender until completely smooth (a mini food processor will do the trick, too!)

  5. Cream together the butter and sugar in a larger bowl using an electric mixer (or a wooden spoon for an arm workout) until pale and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing until incorporated, and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Mix in the banana peel mixture, then stir in the buttermilk until well combined.

  6. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the butter mixture and stir gently, just until combined.

  7. Put the egg whites in another bowl (make sure it’s clean and dry) and whisk until soft peaks form – either by hand or with the whisk attachment on an electric mixer. If using an electric mixer, start slowly and gradually increase speed to medium-high. You’ll know you’re done when you pull out the whisk or beater and a soft peak is formed, but immediately collapses. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter and divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans.

  8. Bake, rotating the pans halfway through until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the centre of each cake pulls out with dry crumbs rather than wet batter, about 25 minutes. Let the cakes cool completely in the pans.

  9. When the cakes are completely cool and you are ready to assemble, make the frosting. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in the brown sugar and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Stir in the milk, raise the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring constantly until the mixture boils. Remove from the heat, and let cool until lukewarm. Gradually whisk in 1 ¾ cups powdered sugar, beating until smooth. Add the additional ¼ cup powdered sugar if the frosting is too loose. Use the frosting immediately as it will begin to thicken and stiffen as it sits.

  10. To remove the cake from the pans, invert one cake pan on a serving plate, lift off the pan, and peel off the parchment. Repeat for the second cake pan. Put one layer of the cake on a serving platter and spread about one third of the frosting evenly over the top. Set the other layer on top and spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake.

NOTE: Banana peels contain some of the same proteins found in latex, and could cause an allergic reaction. Those same proteins might also make your immersion blender feel slightly gummy to the touch. Rub the surface down with cooking oil before cleaning it, and then wash it normally.

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