Sunday, 5 February 2012

Chocolate and Banana Cake

I've been meaning to share this recipe with you for a while because I absolutely love it and I know you will too.  This Chocolate and Banana Cake is sweet, unbelievably moist and packed with hunky chunks of delicious and ever-so-slightly-naughty milk chocolate.

Now it's cold and snowy (in London at least!) why not give this cake a go; curl up by the fire with some magazines, a great book and a nice hot mug of cocoa...what could be better!

Chocolate and Banana Cake


1 large banana
3tbsp milk
50g unsalted butter, softened
75g soft light brown sugar
1 large egg
120g self raising flour
1tsp mixed spice
1tsp baking powder
100g milk chocolate, roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 160C/gas 3 and grease and line a loaf tin with baking paper.

In a large bowl mash the bananas with a fork until soft, but still a little lumpy.  Pour in 1tbsp of the milk, butter, sugar and the egg and mix until well combined.

Sift over the flour, mixed spice and baking powder and mix with a wooden spoon until smooth.  Finally add the chopped chocolate and mix briefly, to distribute the chocolate evenly through the mixture.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, using the back of the wooden spoon to smooth the top.  Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes until well risen and golden-brown.

Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Belle's Top Tip
One for the grown-ups?  Why not add a teaspoon (or two!) of rum when you add the egg.  In baking rum and banana go together like Posh and Becks so give it a go!  You can also top with a drizzle of caramel for an extra sweet treat; zig zag all over the top for a nice finish.