Banana and Chocolate Chip Cake

8 August 2012

I've been meaning to post this recipe for ages as it's something I make all the time. A while ago I made some banana cupcakes which were a hit with everyone. Then I found a recipe for banana cake in my new recipe book and thought I'd have a go. Chocolate chips weren't in the original recipe but I threw them in for a bit of added oomph! Bananas and chocolate are a gorgeous combination so why not?

This recipe makes a really big loaf so I took half into work as a Friday treat for my team. Some went to my parents house and The Darlings and I finished it off on our rainy picnic in the park!

Banana and Chocolate Chip Cake

Preparation time 20 minutes
Baking time 50 minutes

3 ripe bananas
1tsp lemon juice
100g butter {softened}
175g soft brown sugar
2 medium eggs
1tsp vanilla extract
250g plain flour
1tsp salt
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
1tsp ground mixed spice
100ml buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 180C {350F) Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 900g (2lb) loaf tin.

Place the butter and sugar in a bowl. Using an electric whisk {or a hand whisk} beat them together until they are fully combined and light and fluffy.

Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the mixture and beat to combine. Mash the bananas, toss them in the lemon juice and add them to the bowl. Add the flour, salt, bicarb of soda and mixed spice and stir into the mixture with a metal spoon. Stir in the buttermilk.

Pour the mixture into the tin and place some sliced banana on top to decorate if you wish {I didn't do this and it still looked good!}

Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes. If the cake becomes too brown, cover it with foil. Leave the cake in the tin to cool, then tip onto a wire rack and remove the baking paper.

Voila. An easy Sunday morning bit of baking! Enjoy with a cup of tea.


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