Here is another quick and simple cake recipe, and if you already have the basic baking ingredients at home, then pretty inexpensive as the only extra ingredient you need is some ripe bananas.
I use bananas in baking quite a lot for this reason, it’s a great way to use them up and not letting them go to waste if they have gone a bit brown and would otherwise get thrown. This banana loaf has never lasted that long in my house, but its nice and moist so it would keep well.
If you want to add something to this recipe, chocolate chips, walnuts or toffee pieces work well, as does a sprinkling of cinnamon and brown sugar on top of the loaf before baking. If you’re making this for a coffee morning or something similar and would like it to look a bit more special, try drizzling glacé icing over the top and decorating with dried banana chips.
100g softened butter
175g caster sugar
2 large eggs
2 ripe bananas, mashed
225g self raising flour
1 level teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons milk
1) Preheat the oven to 180 oc/Fan 160 oc/Gas 4. Grease a 2lb loaf tin and line the base and sides with baking paper. As well as stopping the cake from sticking, this makes it really easy to lift out the tin.
2) Mix all the measured ingredients into a bowl and beat until well blended, for about 2 minutes. Turn the mixture into your prepared tin and level the surface with a wooden spoon or spatula
3) Bake in the oven for about an hour, ensuring the top is risen and golden. When the cake has cooled for a few minutes, turn it out of the tin. When it has cooled for a few minutes more, you will be able to peel off the baking paper.
I have also just used this recipe for muffins, topped with a Nuttella-buttercream swirl. The recipe fills about 15 muffin cases and in my oven at 160 oc Fan, took 35 minutes to bake
For the Icing
1) Mix together in a bowl 100g softened butter, 225g sifted icing sugar, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract for a good batch of butter icing.
2) Using a palette knife, spread a stripe of Nutella from the bottom to the middle of a piping bag, as neatly as you can. Repeat this process two more times, leaving gaps in between each stripe. (You are aiming for a sort of toothpaste effect, so the piping bag will look like it alternates between the chocolate and buttercream.
3) When you have done this, ask someone with a lot of patience to hold the piping bag open while you scoop in the butter icing as you would usually into a piping bag.
4) This should create a lovely swirl effect between the two colours. The piping bag should look something like the ones below (I have recently learnt that you can buy dual piping bags, which I’m sure would make everything a lot easier).
Bananas that look like they will soon be going to waste can be cut up and put in the freezer and make a great snack, on their own or mixed in with ice cream or Greek yogurt.