Sticky banana & maple cake

Sticky banana & maple cake

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(15 ratings)

Prep: 35 mins Cook: 45 mins - 1 hr

Easy

Serves 8
This childhood favourite is sticky, indulgent and completely moreish

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal514
  • fat24g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs68g
  • sugars47g
  • fibre2g
  • protein11g
  • salt1g
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Ingredients

  • 100g softened butter, plus extra for the tin
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 8 tbsp maple syrup, plus extra to serve
    Maple syrup

    Maple syrup

    may-pul sir-rup

    The rising spring sap of a number of varieties of maple tree

  • 3 small ripe bananas and 1 over-ripe banana
    Banana

    Banana

    bah-nah-nah

    Probably the best known, most popular tropical fruit, their name probably derives from the…

  • 200g light muscovado sugar
  • 4 eggs
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 2 tsp vanilla paste or seeds scraped from 2 vanilla pods
    Vanilla

    Vanilla

    van-ill-ah

    The sun-dried seed pod of a type of climbing orchid, vanilla has an inimitable soft, sweet…

  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 100g ground almonds
    Almond

    Almond

    arr-mund or al-mund

    Sweet almonds have a subtle fragrance that lends itself well to baking and also works well with…

  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 200g pot Greek yogurt

Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3, butter a 20cm square cake tin and line the base with baking parchment. Pour in half the syrup, swirling to coat the bottom. Halve the 3 ripe bananas lengthways and lay, cut-side down, in the tin.

  2. Beat together the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla paste and over-ripe banana with an electric whisk. Fold in the flour, ground almonds and bicarb of soda, then stir in the yogurt. Carefully spoon into the tin without dislodging the bananas. Bake for 45 mins-1 hr until a skewer poked in comes out with only moist crumbs. Poke all over with the skewer, about halfway into the cake, then pour over the remaining maple syrup. Let it soak in for a few mins, then carefully turn out of the tin upside-down, drizzling the banana-studded top with more syrup. Slice and serve warm.

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craftylinda
1st Mar, 2017
3.8
A lovely cake very moist I used rice flour and it worked well for gluten free! Great recipe.
hilaryys
17th Jan, 2016
5.05
No grey bananas for me either - I thought it looked pretty much as in the picture. I only had two ripe bananas (and one in the freezer to go in the cake mixture) so I very carefully sliced each into three rather than in half and that worked well.
emily7777
28th Jun, 2014
I made this in a 23cm round cake tin and it turned out PERFECT. Bananas weren't grey at all and looked beautiful and yellow like the picture. I used vanilla extract instead of the bean and also added a bit of cinnamon and some sliced almonds. I'ts delicious!
cherub-rock25
7th Dec, 2013
I didn't do the sliced bananas as I didn't have enough and put some vanilla extract in instead of paste. I also put some walnuts into the mix as well as I had some to hand. Overall it wasn't bad but far too sweet for me (and I love sweet!) and it was definitely not the nicest looking or best banana cake I have made!
traybake1
15th Jan, 2013
5.05
Had a housefull of guests at the weekend, it is the easiest cake I have ever made and it was really moist and tasty. My partner brought out the bit he hid last night and it was still great 4 days after baking. I will thrown in a few toasted walnuts next time. yumx
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lovepears
26th Oct, 2012
5.05
I was searching for the best banana cake recipe and this is it! Will definately make it again :-)
D1letta
31st Aug, 2012
5.05
Quantity was fine for a tin 23cm sq. I was lazy and made the whole lot in the food processor and it worked out really good. Bananas were pretty golden colour tinged with pink. I was a bit short of yoghurt so made up for it with creme fraiche and seemed to have no bad effect. Will definitely do again.
marlenethomson
24th Aug, 2011
5.05
Fantastic, everyone came back for more and very simple to make. My new favourite for dinner parties : )
suscdn
6th Mar, 2011
4.05
I made this cake and had none of the problems listed above although I will agree that the bananas on the bottom went grey and were not very attractive - I took it to work and and they loved it! next time I made it I chopped the bananas and mixed them with the cake mix which was just as nice.
bethocallaghan
31st Jan, 2011
5.05
I had no problems with this whatsoever, it was easy to make - all fitted in the tin and was lovely and moist. The bananas did a little unattractive I will admit - but they tasted good.

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