Banana cake with cream cheese frosting

Michael Caines classic banana cake is a must-have addition to your cake repertoire
By Michael Caines
Banana cake with cream cheese frosting
  • Rating:
  • Serves: 6-8
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Effort: medium

Ingredients

  • 85 g butter
  • 115 g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 220 g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 225 g ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 85 g walnuts, coarsely broken

For the frosting

  • 200 g cream cheese
  • 100 g unsalted butter
  • 150 g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • bananas, sliced, to serve

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease a 22 x 12 x 10cm loaf pan well.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and the sugar together for 3 minutes, then add the eggs gradually and beat until the mixture is well creamed. Add the vanilla and mix well.

3. Sieve the flour, salt, soda and baking powder together.

4. Alternately add the mashed banana and sieved dry ingredients to the creamed butter, sugar and egg mixture until well incorporated.

5. Stir in the walnuts and pour into the prepared loaf pan, leaving a slightly lower elvel in the middle. This will ensure that the cake rises evenly.

6. Bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean, then remove from the pan and allow to cool a little on a wire rack before frosting.

7. For the frosting: beat the cream cheese and butter together in a mixing bowl, then beat in the sugar and vanilla until smooth and soft. Spread the frosting over the slightly warm cake.

8. This cake is best left for a day before serving.

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