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Banana cake

Banana cake

Save money by buying overripe bananas which are perfect for making this delicious banana cake and if you don't eat it all, freeze it!

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 1-1¼ hours
Calories per slice: 281 Kcal
Fat per portion: 10g of which saturated 5.5g
Makes: 8 slices
Suitable for vegetarians & freezing.

What you need:

  • Plain flour 200g (7oz)
  • Baking powder 2 heaped tsp
  • Very ripe bananas 450g (1lb), peeled
  • Butter 75g (3oz), softened
  • Golden caster sugar 110g (4oz)
  • Eggs 2 large, beaten

What you do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4. Grease and line a deep 18cm (7in) diameter cake tin. Sieve together the flour and baking powder returning any bran from the sieve to the bowl. Blend the bananas in a food processor until smooth.
  2. In a separate large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then gradually add the eggs and beat until smooth. Beat the banana purée into the mixture. Fold in the flour and pour into the prepared baking tin.
  3. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Turn out and cool on a wire rack. Cut the cake into portions. Wrap each slice in cling film and pop in the freezer. To use, reheat each slice in the microwave on high for about 60 seconds. The exact time will depend on the wattage on your microwave and the thickness of the portion - be careful, the cake is hot when it comes out of the microwave.

Handy cook's tip

This cake recipe is a great way of using leftover very ripe bananas.

Handy shopper's tip

Overly ripe bananas are often sold at a reduced price, so snap them up for this recipe.

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