Seagrape Tours’ Snacks

On each tour we serve iced tea, iced coffee and cake during the snack break. All home made.

The cake is our own banana bread recipe inherited from Ilja, all though in Holland – where I’m from – we would never call this cake-like snack a bread, but that’s how most English speakers refer to it.

When the plantain plants have fruits we make the cake with overripe plantains. And when the mango trees are raining mangoes I’ll replace with those completely or partly, instead of bananas.

Since we are regularly asked for the recipe – people usually rave about the cake, see our Tripadvisor reviews – below the recipe for the banana bread. Our banana bread has little black speckles in it, that’s because the Caribbean bananas have tiny seeds in them.

Another favorite is our Lemon Grass Iced Tea. See how we make that further below too.


During the History Tour we have our break in Emilio Wilson Park, a former plantation

Ilja’s Best Ever Banana Cake

Made for and enjoyed often on tours by Seagrape Tours

This amount is for 2 cake pans and will make approximately 24 pieces


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Grease and flower two cake pans which fit in your oven together


Mix dry ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups flower
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda (sifted)
  • Pinch of salt

In separate bowl mix wet ingredients:

  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup of coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup fruit juice (orange, passion fruit or pineapple – something slightly acidic; or just water with a squeeze of lemon juice)
  • 6 very ripe bananas, mashed (appr 3 cups, replace at least half with mango pulp for mango cake)


Stir two mixtures together and pour in pans, quickly place in oven

Bake for appr for 45-50 minutes or until done (prick skewer in center of cake, needs to come out dry)


Eet smakelijk! Bon Appetit!

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Ilja's Banana Bread - The Original
Ilja’s Banana Cake 🙂

Marilyn’s version of our Banana Cake

Lorraine’s edition of our Banana Cake

Lemon Grass Iced Tea

Above a photo of how the lemon grass grows. It grows year round in our Caribbean climate.

Just snip off a hand full of grass, rinse it, tie a knot in it and then pour boiling water over it.

Let stand overnight and then serve over ice cubes. Very refreshing!