We made Ponderosa Cake at the Gilmore Park Church Community Kitchen for the community meal. Ponderosa Cake is a popular cake in University of British Columbia. Karen was involved with the catering at UBC long time ago and she made a lot of these Ponderosa Cake. You can still find this cake in the UBC cafeterias until today.
Karen had modified the Ponderosa Cake recipe to reduce the amount of fat and sugar for a healthier snack. She was able to maintain the sweetness by roasting the banana first.
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups banana (5 to 6 banana)
- 3 cups unbleached flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 cup low fat yogurt or sour cream
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Click on the link below for the instructions.
Preheat the oven to 350F. Line pan with parchment paper.
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When I read the title, I thought, that sounds familiar, where have I heard of Ponderosa cake? Then the memories came flooding back. After a hard day of boring lectures, going back to dorm on a rainy UBC day, and having a coffee and that totally delicious and fattening Ponderosa cake with roommates.
Ahhh… the good old days.
I also have fond memories as a mature student and/or visitor at UBC of relaxing with a piece of this delicious cake. Now I look forward to trying this more healthful recipe.
I actually have the cookbook from UBC with the “original” ponderosa cake. . .I’ll have to make a batch of each and compare!
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I’ve made this cake before, and I’ve got to say it was AMAZING. It stayed moist till the day after, and I have to thank my Chemistry teacher for letting me know of this recipe’s existence. It was a little too sweet, so I would suggest using semi-sweet (not Hershey’s Chipits though, I found those too sweet) or dark chocolate chips to make it less-sweet, taking out some chocolate chips, or taking out a little sugar. But then again, it only became too sweet after a few slices… so technically its fine the way it is if you are able to limit yourself to ONE piece.
Also, for a healthier approach, fat free Greek Yogurt (plain or vanilla flavoured, though vanilla would add more sugar) instead of the sour cream.
My sister ate it for breakfast, snack, lunch, snack again, and then POOF it was gone.
I suggest you all try and make it, because those couple hours will definitely not be wasted. You will also discover you have no will power 😛
Have fun and Good luck!