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Banana cake

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Serves 8

Moist banana cake, easy to make and uses up overipe bananas

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Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas (overipe is best)
  • 170g caster sugar
  • 170g self raising flour
  • 170g soft margarine
  • 3 eggs
  • Fewdrops vanilla essence

Method

    1. Use a food processor Pre heat oven to 160C / gas mark 3
    2. Add all ingredients and blend until well mixed
    3. Pour into lined loaf tin
    4. Bake for 1 hour
    5. Cool and enjoy
    6. If you are a nut lover, once ingredients are blended add 60g chopped walnuts and blend in to the mixture

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shazza1962's picture

Mmm, well, I am a very experienced cook and I have tried this recipe on several occasions. It turns out heavy and stodgy every time. Is it meant to be like this? Tastes ok though.

little_lady's picture

A great simple recipe and quick and easy to make - I chose this as I had bananas that needed using up. I had to cook it for over an hour (at 160c) as it was still a little stodgy all over. It was still stodgy in the middle when I took it out but that is because of the bananas, I find it hard to make a cake with bananas that doesn't come out stodgy. Either way it still tastes good with a nice cuppa. Next time I will consider what 'lovefoodbaby' said and make it in two separate sponge tins (rather than a loaf tin) and add vanilla buttercream to the middle.

frannylou's picture
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Delicious and very easy to make. I added chopped walnuts and poppy seeds for a little crunch. Making it again today but will add pumkins and 'neals yard' salad sprinkle for a nutty take and serve it with butter.

amylouiseholmes's picture
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Absolutely fantastic and so easy to make. I added some flaxseed and chocolate chips and it was wonderful!

jason62's picture
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This cake is a very moist cake, I put light brown sugar instead of castor and as I had no margarine I used Lurpak.
Was not as heavy as I thought it would be and nice with a little creme fraiche.

randomsomeone's picture

This came out as almost totally solid!

mariok54's picture
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Brilliantly simple to make and a good base on which to let your imagination run wild. I simply added well-soaked apricots and it was delicious. I can't understand all the negative feedback at all.

dedwardsa's picture

Tastes lovely - has the consistency of banana concrete :(

imabadpixie's picture
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used 3 very small bananas and made in food processor as instructed... I have never been able to make a good banana cake, until now! Baked this at 7pm on Friday, by 12pm Saturday it was all gone.. and there is only 2 of us in the house hehe. Really good with coffee :)

kirstyestelle's picture
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Fantastic recipie for everyday use, and so easy to make. Cut down on fat and added extra banana but had to balance that out withmore cinnamon.
Try it with a bit of brown sugar sprinkled on the top for an extra treat!

rabbitbird's picture

I just made this Banana Cake for the first time and had to stop myself from polishing off the whole lot.

I used light brown sugar instead of caster sugar and butter instead of marg.

Also, I whisked the mixture instead of using a food processor and I don't have a loaf tin or a cake tin so just used a glass pyrex dish and it worked beautifully.

dalyangirl's picture
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Friend popped round just as my cake was cooling, and the vote was yummy.

dalyangirl's picture
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I am going to make this cake tomorrow, hope it turns out as well as everyone else's.!!!

toyota59's picture

just gonna try it.wish me luck!!!

kettmcafee's picture
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not great - certainly nowhere near as good as Nigella's banana cake which also contains sultanas and walnuts and only 125gms of marg.

jonesceri3's picture

i have just made this and its in the oven as i type on 11th may 2010 so fingers crossed it works and is nice will let u know how it turns out

currykeemanan's picture
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Made a huge 3 times the size of this, as I had purchased some reduced bananas.
I cut it into chunks and froze individually for entertaining (warm with icecream) and my son's lunch box.
Fantastic texture, a bit sweet for me, so I would probably put in a bit less sugar next time.

dmspo33's picture

A great, simple recipe (even if you are short on all the ingredients).

I've used this recipe a couple of times now and can generally just guess the quantities and the result is always delicious!

corinnecrane's picture

I made this cake today and I cooked it at 140 degrees in a fan oven (as the recipe said 160 - so I took this to be based on a non-fan oven). I cooked it for 1 hour and 10 mins. The cake came out crispy on top and had the consistency of bread pudding inside. Also, when I took the cake out of the oven it collapsed a bit. I'm guessing it wasn't supposed to turn out like this. Does anyone have any ideas where I went wrong? Hotter oven, longer time, less eggs? Many thanks.

mariaslk's picture

Brilliant recipe, worked perfectly. However, I didn't have any SR flour so just used plain with a teaspoon of baking powder. Delicious!

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