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Banana cake recipe
Banana cake recipe
  • Serves: 12

  • Prep time:

  • Cooking time:

    (may need an extra 15 mins)
  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

This hearty banana cake is a delicious way to use up any leftover bananas you might have lying around. The dense sponge is sprinkled with walnuts and topped with a rich chocolate buttercream to complement the banana flavours. To make this banana cake recipe, you need to make sure the bananas you use are very ripe and brown. This will pack your sponge full of sweet flavour and make your cake extra moist and soft. If you're not a fan of chocolate buttercream swap for vanilla instead or you could even drizzle your cake in a light icing sugar and water mix to give it a simple glaze. This recipe serves 12 people and only takes 1hr and 15 mins to make. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Ingredients

  • 450g overripe bananas
  • 70g butter
  • 175g granulated sugar
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • tsp salt
  • tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 70g chopped walnuts

For the icing:

  • 25g butter
  • 2tsp cocoa powder
  • 175g icing sugar, sifted
  • Few drops vanilla extract
  • Extra chopped walnuts, to decorate (optional)

Add ½tsp cinnamon to the banana cake mix for extra spice.

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line an 18cm (7in) round cake tin.
  2. Reserve half a banana for the icing and place the rest of the bananas in a mixing bowl. Mash until smooth, then set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs and bananas, and beat until smooth. Stir in the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda and mix thoroughly. Quickly mix in the walnuts, then pour into the baking tin.
  4. Bake in the oven for 60-75 mins or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Turn out the banana cake and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  5. To make the icing, place the butter and cocoa powder in a small saucepan. Heat until melted. Mash the reserved banana until very smooth. Add the melted butter mixture to the mashed banana and beat well, then add the icing sugar and vanilla extract. Beat thoroughly until very smooth. Use to ice the top of the banana cake once it has cooled. Decorate with chopped walnuts if you wish.

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