Savoury plantain cake


How was your mother’s day weekend?

This savoury plantain cake is a little adaptation of my father’s favourite snack epitse. Epitse is basically mashed ripe plantains that is mixed with spices and palm oil and baked in leaves. It is normally eaten with roasted groundnuts/peanuts.

For this plantain cake, I omitted some spices, used coconut oil and I baked it in a spring foam pan.

If you have over ripe plantains which you might be throwing away, turn it to good use and make this savoury plantain cake.


5 from 2 votes
Savoury plantain cake
Prep Time
7 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
37 mins
Servings: 1 6inch pan
Author: Juliet@biscuitsandladles
  • 2 ripe plantains black ones
  • 1/2 cup/ 60g winnimix or pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/4 medium size onion
  • 1 clove
  • 1 red chilli/ scotch bonnet
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4cup/ 60ml coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup roasted groundnuts
  1. Pre-heat an oven to 180°C or 350°F. Greese a 6inch spring foam pan and set aside.

  2. Remove plantain peels. Using a grinding pot, food processor or blender, blend plantains, onions, ginger, clove, pepper together. Mix in salt and flour. Add the coconut oil and mix together.

  3. Pour the mixture into prepared pan and liberally toss roasted groundnuts on top. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes until set and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Best eaten warm.

On the other side:

To my love: “Mother, you know I adore you so much, I am always intrigued by the way you eat dandelions and tomatoes like it is cake. I hope to do that willingly and effortlessly someday, possibly tomorrow. Have a great day from your second daughter.”


13 thoughts on “Savoury plantain cake

  1. I ate lots and lots of food during mothers day. No cooking at home. If I can lay my hands on plantain I shall definitely try making this cake. Belated Mothers Day Greetings!

  2. I’m Ghanaian and I love your blog. You reach me so many ways of cooking our meals. Thank you for showing the world more of what good Ghanaian food looks like.

  3. Great post. I’m Ghanaian too. In my house, we call it ‘ofam’. We use rice in place of flour. You can pulse the rice in a grinder and voila, it’s ready for use. Really nice and healthy

    1. Yes, I recently learnt of Ofam from a friend of mine when I was preparing the encyclopedia page only to realise it is simlar to epitse. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy this place.

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