Sometimes the urge to bake comes knocking at the (oven) door and you just have to bake something. Luckily we had some bananas going a bit too ripe and I had managed to get some eggs so bake I could!
For this recipe you need
100g self raising flour
1 teaspoon of Baking Powder
100g drinking chocolate powder
1 Tablespoon of Nutella (other chocolate spreads are available)
3 ripe bananas mashed up
Icing sugar to dust
Sometimes the simple bakes are the best. whenever I am doing a sponge cake I adopt the Mary Berry all in one approach. It makes life simple and delicious!
Preheat your oven to 160c electric or gas mark 3, grease and line a loaf tin.
Put the flour, baking powder, eggs, sugar, chocolate powder and butter into a bowl, and mix until combined. I use my stand mixer for this on half speed. Whilst this is mixing, mash up the bananas and mix with the Nutella/Chocolate spread. Add this to the cake batter and mix again until combined.
Pour into the tin, smooth the top and place in the oven for about 40 minutes. Check it after 30 minutes to make sure that the top isn’t catching. If the top is catching, place a sheet of foil over the top of the tin.
Now, traditionally you skewer test a cake and if it comes out clean its cooked! With this, I like the middle to still be a little gooey. A little bit more ‘done’ than a brownie, but less done than a sponge cake!
Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 30 minutes, the top and sides will shrink back. Tip the cake out and leave to completely cool.
When ready to serve, sprinkle the top with icing sugar.
Happy baking, stay safe and healthy!