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Best banana cake

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3.9 stars based on 10 ratings

This best banana cake was featured in series 2 of Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard on channel 4.

Key Information

  • Prep:
  • Bake:
  • Serves:1
  • Skill level:easy

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Ingredients

  • 125g 4½ oz Butter (unsalted) softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 175g 6¼ oz Unrefined dark muscovado sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined dark muscovado sugar
  • 2 2 Egg(s) (free range)
  • 300g 10⅝ oz Plain white flour (we use Allinson) Plain white flour
  • 1tsp 1tsp Baking powder
  • 150ml 5⅛ fl oz Milk (whole)
  • 3 3 Banana(s) ripe, peeled and mashed
  • 1tsp 1tsp Vanilla extract (we use Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract
  • 1tsp 1tsp Poppy seeds
  • 75g 2¾ oz Sultanas golden

For the butter icing

  • 150g 5⅜ oz Butter (unsalted) softened
  • 300g 10⅝ oz Unrefined golden icing sugar (we use Billington's)
  • Banana chips handful

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The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan, 350°f, gas mark 4). Lightly grease a 25x11cm (1ox4.5inch) loaf tin with butter.

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl using an electric hand whisk until smooth. Add one of the eggs and beat in well, then add the second and continue to beat well. Sift in half the flour with the baking powder and mix well. Mix in the milk then the remaining flour.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 125g 4½ oz Butter (unsalted) softened
    • 175g 6¼ oz Unrefined dark muscovado sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined dark muscovado sugar
    • 2 2 Egg(s) (free range)
    • 300g 10⅝ oz Plain white flour (we use Allinson) Plain white flour
    • 1tsp 1tsp Baking powder
    • 150ml 5⅛ fl oz Milk (whole)
  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Fold the mashed bananas into the mixture along with the vanilla extract, poppy seeds and golden sultanas. Then tip the mixture into the loaf tin and level to the top with a spatula.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 3 3 Banana(s) ripe, peeled and mashed
    • 1tsp 1tsp Vanilla extract (we use Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract
    • 1tsp 1tsp Poppy seeds
    • 75g 2¾ oz Sultanas golden
  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Bake in the preheated oven for around 1 hour 15 minutes until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean and not sticky. Cover the top with foil if it starts to brown too quickly. Allow to cool in the tin for at least 20 minutes before turning out.

  5. Classic mode Step 5

    For the topping, cream the butter and sift the icing sugar in using an electric hand whisk, mixing together until creamy and fluffy. Spread over the cake and garnish with the banana chips and dust with icing sugar.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 150g 5⅜ oz Butter (unsalted) softened
    • 300g 10⅝ oz Unrefined golden icing sugar (we use Billington's)
    • Banana chips handful