Coffee and banana cake

4 ripe mashed bananas,
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup caster sugar
2 beaten eggs
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons milk or milk alternative
1 tablespoon espresso or strong instant coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup chopped raw walnuts or dried dates


1. Preheat the oven Gas mark 4/350ºF/180ºC. Line a 20cm cake tin either round or square with greaseproof or baking paper.

2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy.

3. Add in eggs, mix until combined.

4. Add the mashed bananas, milk, espresso, baking soda and vanilla stirring well until combined.

5. Fold in flour. Stir until just combined and the mixture is almost smooth.

6. Lastly, stir in walnuts or dried dates chopped.

7. Pour the mixture into a greased and floured tin and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a wooden pick comes out clean, if cake is burning or too brown cover with greaseproof paper and continue to bake.

8. Allow to cool before removing the cake from the tin.

Tru3 J0y

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Golden syrup, vanilla, oat, banana cake

200 grams butter or margarine for lactose intolerant use dairy free spread
200 grams sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon Lyles Golden syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 medium eggs
2 ripe bananas
100 grams porridge oats for gluten intolerance or coeliac use certified coeliac oats or free from oats
100 grams self raising flour for coeliacs or gluten intolerance use Gluten free flour

1, Preheat oven 190 or Gas 5.
Muffin tins put paper cases in bake for 20 minutes alternatively line a baking tray but bake for 40 minutes.

2, Cream the butter/margarine and sugar together, using a wooden spoon or electric whisk.

3, Add syrup, vanilla extract, eggs and cinnamon and mix well.

4, Add oats either blend in a food mixture or using electric whisk to blend down as whisked for a couple of minutes.

5, Add banana, if mixing by hand then mash first, if not add and use electric whisk to blend until the mixture is smooth.

6, Add flour, mix gradually with a large spoon until folded. Using a spoon, spoon the mixture into the cases half filling once each tray is complete place in oven, set timer.

7, Check after 20 minutes for muffins or 40 for a larger cake, prick centre with a cake skewer or similar.

8, Once cooked remove from oven place on a cooling rack to cool.

9, Buttercream or Cream cheese Icing can be added or a simply a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar shaken over the top for added taste and texture.

Tru3 J0y
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