Best-Ever Banana Cake
It's Annabel's famous Best-Ever Banana Cake — as you've never seen it before! We've jazzed it up here with fancy decorations, but the basic cake is also good topped with a simple chocolate, lemon or passionfruit icing.
250 g butter, softened
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
4 ripe bananas, mashed (about 2 cups)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup hot milk
3 cups self-raising flour, or gluten-free self-raising flour
TO SERVE (OPTIONAL)
vanilla buttercream, caramel sauce, white chocolate shards and hazelnut praline
Preheat oven to 170°C/340°F fanbake.
Line a 26cm/10in cake tin with baking paper.
Beat butter and sugar until creamy.
Beat in eggs, one at a time, then bananas and vanilla.
Dissolve baking soda in hot milk, add to banana mixture and combine.
Fold in flour using a big spoon and a large scooping action to keep the mixture light. Do not over-mix.
Transfer to prepared tin and smooth top.
Bake until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean and the top is springy to the touch (50-60 minutes).
Allow to cool in tin, then turn out and ice when cool.
Ice as desired with chocolate, lemon or passionfruit icing.
Store in an airtight container in a cool place for 2-3 days or freeze.
Here the cake has been cut in half horizontally and the bottom half spread with vanilla buttercream. The top has been finished with buttercream, caramel sauce, white chocolate shards and hazelnut praline.