Brilliant banana loaf

Brilliant banana loaf

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(194 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins

Easy

Cuts into 8-10 slices
A cross between banana bread and a drizzle-topped sponge, this cake is great for using up overripe fruit

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze un-iced

Nutrition: per slice (10)

  • kcal268
  • fat13g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.5g
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Ingredients

  • 140g butter, softened, plus extra for the tin
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  • 140g caster sugar
  • 2 large egg, beaten
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

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  • 2 very ripe banana, mashed
    Banana

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  • 50g icing sugar
  • handful dried banana chips, for decoration
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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter a 2lb loaf tin and line the base and sides with baking parchment.

  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then slowly add the eggs with a little flour. Fold in the remaining flour, baking powder and bananas. Pour into the tin and bake for about 30 mins until a skewer comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then remove to a wire rack.

  3. Mix the icing sugar with 2-3 tsp water to make a runny icing. Drizzle the icing across the top of the cake and decorate with banana chips.

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pintstabilo
3rd Jan, 2017
5.05
As with other comments takes longer than recipe says. 1 hour uncovered in my oven but hey that's baking for you and it always comes out perfect. Highly recommend.
Eboulton
27th Nov, 2016
5.05
I love this recipe and make it very regularly. Always gets a very positive response when eaten. To bake it does take longer than the recipe suggests but worth it for a delicious and moist banana cake. I was dubious about the icing but it really does give it that extra little something.
AmyM91
18th Nov, 2016
3.8
Very moist, yummy cake, delicious! Although the reason I've given it 4 starts was the timing wasn't right. It took an hour to cook so I covered it in foil half way through. Otherwise great recipe! I also added 50g of chocolate chips which worked very well.
LouTenant
17th Nov, 2016
This loaf takes much longer than 30 minutes to bake. I made it as I was short of time, feeling annoyed that it's taking forever to bake. I skewered it after 45 mins and the mix was still runny in the centre.
susanmis
13th Nov, 2016
3.8
I followed this recipe to the letter and the loaf is lovely! It needs approximately 50 minutes in the oven (gas mark 4) and not 30, but everything else works fine. Easy to make and tastes yum! 5 stars for the cake, 4 stars for the recipe (timing needs adjusted).
angshu
10th Nov, 2016
0.05
Made this today and had to leave in the oven for much more longer than 30 minutes. I would not make it again, if I did by any chance. I would increase the flour and reduce the sugar and the comments have suggested
Loubi76
23rd Oct, 2016
3.8
Hi. I've just made this this morning and the kids love it. Can I freeze it? So I can use it for pack lunch treat. Easy recipe to follow
Mummydee0310
18th Oct, 2016
I made this today and followed the recipe, I used a loaf tin and it took 30min with 10min cooling down time. The only difference was I used brown sugar and 4 small bananas, it came out great. Love this recipe.
Joesyjo
13th Oct, 2016
I had to leave this in for another 10 mins which resulted in a very dark cake on the outside. Did anyone else reduce the temperature when leaving in longer? I also found that the banana had sunk to the bottom. Tasted yummy but not sure I will bother with this one again.
GingerRoo
28th Sep, 2016
3.8
After reading all the comments I was really confused about which ingredients to use and bemused that the cooking time says 40 mins by the picture but still says 30 mins in the method. Someone has obviously changed it based on comments but not in both places! I didn't make this exact recipe as I thought I'd try another person's recommended variation: 200g flour, fat, sugar and 3 bananas; I also added some chocolate chips. It was sloppy, very sweet (especially with the icing), took over an hour to cook and didn't bake a fluffy cake. My daughter loves it but then she has a sweet tooth. I think with less sugar it would go nicely with ice cream as a dessert but is hard to eat as a slice of cake. I usually use Mary Berry's recipe on the Queen of Everything site and I'll go back to that next time. That is much less sweet so I might add the chocolate chips and icing to that. Sorry this isn't really a review of the above recipe but I thought I'd share anyway. :-)

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Loubi76
23rd Oct, 2016
3.8
I've just made this and the kids love it. Can I freeze it?
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goodfoodteam
1st Nov, 2016
Hi yes, you can freeze it. We put freezer information above the nutritional information at the top of our recipes. You'll see a blue star plus any additional instructions. In this case, we suggest freezing the cake un-iced.
GirlWhoBakes
1st Oct, 2014
Has anyone substituted the butter for marg before, I've got flora buttery at home and no butter so was thinking of using it but worried the high oil content will make it watery and it won't come out as good, anyone tried it?
Charlotte-Kate
15th Aug, 2015
I've just tried using vitalite - bread hadn't cooked through properly. Bit disappointing
jimiskewl
15th Sep, 2014
2.55
This took about 45 mins to bake and for some reason did not rise so well. Looked good on the outside, skewer came out clean, etc. But when I cut into it it was way too moist so I'm not sure if it was the recipie or something I did?
yvonnewadeson
5th Mar, 2015
5.05
Hi i make this cake all the time and I have found that it needs 50-55 mins at 160 degrees. I have found that if the bananas are too large it is definitely soggier so perhaps try with a little less banana next time .
sacwak1
10th Sep, 2014
I'm attempting to make an American recipe that calls for 'Blackberry honey', does anyone know if it available in the UK?
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goodfoodteam
16th Sep, 2014
Hi there, thanks for your question, blackberry honey will be available from larger supermarkets or specialist food stores or delis.
Punkafoo
29th Jul, 2014
Can you freeze the banana cake?
yvonnewadeson
5th Mar, 2015
5.05
i freeze it and it is lovely.

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Chlobot92
11th Nov, 2016
Much the same as the comment below - have made this twice and came out very nice both times, just takes quite a bit longer than 30 mins to properly cook! I did about another 20-30 mins extra checking it every so often - makes it a bit darker brown on the outside but it doesn't taste burnt and still nice and light and spongey :) (and as I hate banana chips I used dried cranberries instead which I like) May try with chocolate chips next time, and cooking on a bit lower heat for the longer amount of time.
janethebaker
22nd Sep, 2016
Just making it now....opened oven at 30 min (should have read the comments), could see it was nowhere near set/spongy. Took a chance on an extra 20 mins (having read the comments) and it worked. Has come out nice and spongy. Tastes good but a bit too sweet so will cut down on sugar next time
Shazzanne
2nd Sep, 2016
I too tried this recipe. Was very easy to follow. I added Chopped walnuts and tasted amazing. I cooked my cake in a bundt tin which I would highly recommend as the cake cooked exactly 30 mins.
Robert C
28th Nov, 2015
5.05
Easy peasy to make but I found that 35-40 mins baking time required. Try it with honey drizzle mmmmmm!!
SallyR13
24th Aug, 2015
5.05
I decided to make this recipe gluten free by swapping the flour for a 150g packet of ground almonds and it was absolutely fantastic! It turned out as more of a cake than a bread, and it took 50 minutes in the oven, but it was moist and delicious.
yvonnewadeson
5th Mar, 2015
5.05
Instead of the banana chips and drizzle simply sprinkle demerera sugar over the top before popping it in the oven and its GORGEOUS!
Craighardy89
27th Feb, 2015
5.05
First attempt following the above was moist and stodgy. Added 60g extra flour, and baked on a fan at 150 for 55 minutes. Perfect !!
jmstpt
31st Dec, 2014
As other comments. Gas mark 4 for 1 hr did the trick - 30 mins not enough. Very nice recipe; moist and tasty. We added some chocolate chips to add to the flavour. Easy mix too - kids enjoyed getting stuck in!
dsbusa
11th Nov, 2014
3.8
Don't be tempted to put in a third banana...it will sink like a stone! I added lemon zest to my batter, made the icing with lemon juice and scattered gaily with poppy seeds.
vicki_mh
13th Nov, 2013
I add 100g of chopped walnuts and 100g of chopped dark chocolate pieces. Scrummy! Also, sprinkle demerara sugar on top instead of the drizzle and banana pieces for a lovely crunchy topping.

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