Banana and Vanilla Tea Cake

    1 hour 5 mins

    Use black bananas. In fact, if they turn black, put bananas into freezers to keep for when you're ready to prepare. Once defrosted they will be pulp like and mix into cake batter much more easily giving you a cooked consistency like mud cake. Sometimes requires a little extra time in the oven. Don't panic - just keep testing with a tester and take out when ready. Can be iced with a chocolate ganache. Is delicious once cooled but the flavour really kicks in after 24 hours.

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    Serves: 10 

    • 125 g butter (at room temperature)
    • 185 g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
    • 2 very ripe bananas (to give about 180 g of flesh)
    • 1 egg
    • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 100 ml of milk
    • 180g self raising flour

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
    2. Blend butter and caster sugar until creamy. Add vanilla and keep beating.
    3. Peel very ripe bananas and mash them with a fork (if defrosted bananas as in the tips section, just squeeze them into batter and beat). Add them, along with the egg, to the butter and mix well.
    4. In a small bowl, mix bicarbonate of soda with milk until dissolved, then add to the banana mixture. Sift 180g of self-raising flour and fold, gradually, into the mixture.
    5. Grease a small loaf tin, then pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 45 minutes or so. It's done when a skewer pushed into the middle of the cake comes out dry.
    6. Cool a little before turning out onto a cooling rack. When completely cool, dust the top with a little icing sugar. Keeps for up to a week if kept in a sealed container in the fridge or cool pantry.

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    Used different ingredients. I added some cinnamon to this and it was gorgeous.  -  12 Oct 2009  (Review from Allrecipes UK | Ireland)


    Made it more kid friendly. I used 100g of sugar instead of 185g and it was still as sweet as can be. Better for the kiddies and the grownups. Great recipe!  -  26 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)


    Altered ingredient amounts. I added about twice the amount of vanilla esscence and it still was really nice!  -  08 Nov 2010  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)