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BANANA AND CHOCOLATE CAKE

 

Serves 8-10

 

Ingredients

Sponge

225g self-raising flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

4 large eggs

225g very soft unsalted butter

225g caster sugar

3 tablespoons full fat milk

100g plain chocolate, roughly chopped

3 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed

 

Icing

150 butter

5 tablespoons milk

450g icing sugar, sifted

75g cocoa powder, sifted

 

For the topping

Small strawberries

50g dark chocolate, melted

 

Method

  • - preheat the oven to 180C/Gas4
  • - grease and line the base of 2 x 20cm sandwich tins with baking parchment
  • - put all the ingredients except the milk, chocolate and bananas into a food processor and mix
  • - when thoroughly mixed process again whilst adding the milk
  • - mix in the chocolate and bananas and divide the mixture between the two sandwich tins
  • - level the surface and bake for 30 minutes
  • - remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tins; turn out and cool on a wire rack

For the filling

  • - melt the butter in a small saucepan over a low heat and stir in the milk; add the icing sugar and cocoa and stir until the mixture is glossy and smooth
  • - remove from the heat and allow to cool; beat the mixture using an electric whisk until it becomes thick
  • - cut each sponge in half horizontally and sandwich the layers together using half the chocolate filling and place on a cake platter
  • - spread the remaining filling mixture over the cooled cake
  • - dip the strawberries into the melted chocolate and place on top of the cake