Looking for a way to use up those old, browning bananas in the fruit bowl? Look no further than a good old classic chocolate banana cake. This recipe is based upon a blender banana chocolate cake recipe from an old M&S recipe book, by Betty Jakens. This is a great, simple cake and one my Mum regularly used to make for me as a child. I baked in a 7 in (180 cm) diameter round tin. This size works well, as the middle stays nice and moist.
225 g self-raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
40 g cocoa
2 tbsp milk
150 g caster sugar
100 g margarine
3 ripe bananas, cut into small pieces.
Step 1. Put all ingredients except the flour, baking powder and cocoa in bowl. Whizz with electric hand whisk. The mixture may look a bit curdled at this stage – don’t worry about this!
Step 2. Sift in the dry ingredients, and fold in by hand.
Step 3. Pour into a lined 7 inch diameter round cake tin.
Step 4. Bake in a preheated oven on Gas Mark 4 for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, checking that the middle is cooked with a skewer before removing it from the oven.
You could, of course, ice the cake if desired… But I thought the delicious looking crack that had appeared on top looked too enticing to cover up. Enjoy!