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Lexikaliker’s banana ginger cake looked so tempting, how could I resist?

While I was preparing the dough I realised that some of the ingredients link to the pencil friends I got to know during the last one or two years. The butter was from Denmark (Hej Henrik) and I even used a cake tin that came from the same Danish company. Most of the ingredients were obviously British (Hello Bruce) and the recipe was from Germany (Hallo Gunther). I thought the ginger was bought from a US-American company (Hi Sean), but it turns out this chain isn’t American at all. I do have honey from New Zealand (Kia Ora David) and some very strong Canadian bread flour in the cupboard (Hi Stephen), but both were not needed for this recipe. What a shame I couldn’t include the countries from all my pencil friends.

Not easy to recognise: that's suppossed to be Lexikaliker's logo on the cake


Lexikaliker’s recipe has been slightly adjusted to fit the ingredients I could get:

  • 125 g butter
  • 150 g sugar
  • one pack of vanilla sugar (occasionally available from Lidl UK)
  • 2 eggs
  • 50 g starch
  • 200 g self-rising flour
  • 2 bananas
  • 50 g candied ginger


  • 150 g icing sugar
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Our gas oven is very difficult to use, it tends to be either too hot or too cold, but one thing you can be sure of: it delivers inconsistent results. Lexikaliker’s baking time of 45 minutes at 180 °C was nowhere near enough in our oven..

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