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Iced Banana Cake    Veg  CD  CBF   90mins plus cooling

 

Makes 1 x 18cm/7 inch cake  Cold Vegetarian  Fruit  Nuts Cakes Baked Fayre   Teatime

 

Ingredients

450g/1lb Over ripe Bananas

2 Eggs, beaten

75g/3oz Butter

175g/6oz Granulated Sugar

200g/7oz Self Raising Flour

1/2 teasp Salt

1/4 teasp Bicarbonate of Soda

75g/3oz Chopped Walnuts

For the icing

25g/1oz Butter 

2 teasp cocoa powder

175g/6oz Icing Sugar

A few drops of Vanilla Extract

 

Instructions

 

1. Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F Gas Mark 4 and lightly grease and flour an 18cm/7 inch cake tin.

 

2. Reserve 1/2 of 1 banana for the icing (see below) and place the rest of the bananas in a mixing bowl. Mash until smooth. Set aside.

 

3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy then add the eggs and bananas and beat until smooth.

 

4. Stir in the flour, salt and soda and mix thoroughly.

 

5. Quickly mix in the walnuts then pour into the prepared baking tin.

 

6. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Turn out and cool on a wire rack.

 

7. Once the cake has cooled, p lace the butter and  cocoa powder in a small saucepan. Heat until melted. Meanwhile, mash the reserved banana until very smooth.

 

8. Add the melted butter mixture to the mashed banana and beat well, then add the icing Sugar and a few drops of vanilla extract. Beat thoroughly until very smooth. Use to ice the top of the cake once it's cooled.

 

 

 

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Key techniques required to make cake recipes

Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Cream - to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.

Rub in -  The incorporation of fat into flour.  Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Main equipment required to make this recipe

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Mixing Bowl

Wooden Spoon

Wire Rack

 

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