Banana and Chocolate Slices

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This is one of the cakes that reminds me of my childhood. My Mum used to bake this whenever there was a cake sale at school so it’s full of good memories for me. Good memories that is, unless my brother, Ben, got there before me and ate it all which wouldn’t be unusual! I can see why my Mum used to make it a lot though, it’s honestly one of the simplest cakes I’ve ever made. So, if you’re a real beginner then why not give this a go. All your friends will be mega impressed. And it looks awesome when it’s been dressed up with icing sugar and cocoa powder!

Or, even better, why not rope your friends in to helping you decorate and photograph you cake (like I did!). Then reward them with a slice. That way, everyone’s a winner. You might be thinking, why would I want to photograph my cake, I don’t have a blog? But if you’re anything like me, then I have to admit, I’m one of those people who orders their food in a cafe and then takes a photo. My phone is full of them. In fact, I might do a post about all the great places to eat across the UK at some point. It’s great for inspiration!

Ingredients
150g soft margarine
150g caster sugar
250g self-raising flour, sieved
3 medium eggs, beaten
3 tbsp milk
3 ripe bananas, sliced
75g chocolate dots
1 tbsp icing sugar (to decorate)
1 tbsp cocoa powder (to decorate)

Method
Pre-heat your oven to 160°C. Grease and line a 23cm square tin.

I used my kMix for this, but if you’re making it with a bowl and wooden spoon then follow this recipe the same, it might just take a little longer and a bit more (wo)man power!

First, you need to combine the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.

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Next, add your sieved self-raising flour.

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Followed by your eggs and milk.

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Mash your bananas. There is no way of making these look pretty for a photo I’m afraid!

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Add the mashed bananas and chocolate dots to your mix. And there is your cake mix – it really is that simple!

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Spoon your mix in to your pre-greased tin. Level off with a palette knife for an even finish.

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Bake for 40 minutes, or until golden on top and when a skewer comes out clean. Then leave to cool on a wire rack.

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When your cake has cooled, you can dust it with the icing sugar and cocoa powder.

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Cut cake in to finger slices and share with friends.

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Enjoy! X

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