BANANA AND LEMON DRIZZLE CAKE and a tale of 2 banana cakes.

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It was once the similar outdated tale, 3 neglected bananas calling to me from the fruit bowl, getting browner with on daily basis.  So, with not anything upper to do than bake a cake I decided to make one that had popped up a couple of events in numerous places on the internet simply in recent years.


This can be a Mary Berry recipe for a banana and lemon drizzle cake from her guide “One Step Ahead”.



Banana and lemon are two of my favourite cakes and the combination sounded slightly intriguing.  I decided to offer it a move.  Nick is no longer thinking about (dislikes intensely) banana cake on the other hand loves lemon cake so I was hoping that the lemon would possibly make the cake fit for human consumption for him.  That he will even benefit from a slice. 



I was wrong.  It was once no longer for him, on the other hand I thought it was once a surprising cake.  The sharpness of the lemon contrasted correctly with the beauty of the banana and the texture was once stunning.  Definitely a keeper and one that I shall make yet again.  Useful for the charity cake stalls methinks – simple and speedy to make, just a little unusual and easy to cut into robust slices.



Now for banana cake amount two.  Correctly number one in reality as I made it a few weeks previous than the other one.



It was once early inside the lockdown and I have been taking stock of what baking parts I had in the house.  One of the problems I was in need of was once butter, or quite, the spreadable butter that I most often use for cakes.  Then I remembered a recipe I had noticed at the Trex internet website proper right here.  There are slightly a couple of recipes for cakes, biscuits and buns in this internet website and I had spotted one for a banana cake with apricots in it a while up to now.  “Why no longer?” I thought.  Years up to now I had made something referred to as a Struggle Cake using lard as a substitute of butter and it was once delicious.


Correctly, it was once disappointing to mention the least.  It had a surprising texture, the cream cheese topping was once divine and the little bits of apricot in it had been a pleasing touch.  Then again unfortunately it tasted of lard.  It was once no longer a strong lardy flavour (and I know that Trex should not be lard) on the other hand it was once unmistakably no longer butter.  It had a slightly cloying after taste that was once quite unpleasant.  I’m going to perhaps make the cake yet again at some point using butter as a substitute because of each factor else about it was once just right and it merits a 2nd probability.


Parts for the banana and lemon cake


175g butter, softened (I used Stork for Muffins)

175g caster sugar

3 eggs

300g self raising flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed

zest of part a lemon

2 tblsp milk


For the topping


juice of one lemon

100g granulated sugar




Preheat the oven to 180C / 160 fan / gas mk5.  Butter a 20cm round, deep springform tin and line the ground with a circle of baking parchment.


Put all the cake parts into a large bowl and using a hand held electric whisk, beat jointly until blank and creamy.  Pour into the tin and degree the best.


Bake for 45-50 mins until lightly browned and carried out.  Cool inside the tin for a few mins then transfer to a cord rack.


Mix the lemon juice and sugar jointly for the topping and spoon over the cake while it’s nevertheless warmth, spreading it out to the edges.  Hanging the rack over a large plate will lend a hand to catch the drips which would possibly then be poured once more over the cake.


Cool totally previous than chopping.


Cuts into 8-10 slices.


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