Banana Cake

I know everyone and their uncle has been making some sort of banana bread / cake creation during lockdown. It’s definitely going to be the cake of 2020 but don’t let that put you off!

I’ve seen and tasted so many different banana breads but nothing beats this one. My lovely Mum has made this for us on a monthly basis for as long as I can remember. It’s totally addictive and loved by everyone.

You must ice it and the riper the bananas the better as they are full of more flavour. You’ll be hooked. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.


175g self raising flour

175g caster sugar

175g butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 ripe bananas – mashed

(To ice)

70g icing sugar, juice of half a lemon, few drops of iced water, 3 glacé cherries


Preheat oven to 180C / 160C fan

Line and grease a standard loaf tin or better still buy the liners so this part is even easier.

Beat together your butter and sugar until creamy. Add the egg and beat some more until combined. Now slowly fold in the mashed bananas and then the flour and baking powder.

Pour into your loaf tin and bake in the centre of your oven for 1 hour.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin.

While the cake is cooling mix up your icing sugar, lemon juice and a drop or two of cold water. You don’t have to use lemon juice but it cuts through the sweetness of the icing and I like that.

Decorate with a cherry or go mad and stick three on.