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Pre-heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a 900g loaf tin with parchment paper (mine was 19cm x 9cm x 6cm). Put all of the ingredients except those for the icing into a large bowl and beat together, either using an electric hand whisk or a wooden spoon until smooth and combined. Pour the mix into the loaf tin and spread evenly with the back of spoon. Bake for 40 – 45 mins.
Once out of the oven, leave to cool and make the icing. Combine the icing sugar and vanilla paste with three tbsp of water – you may need more but add it gradually to get a thick icing. Spread it over the top of the cake; it’s fine if it drips down the edges. Allow to set and then slice.
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