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When do I ever need an excuse to bake a cake? I love baking and always seem to do some at the weekend. I think if I forgot to bake my son would have words. He loves helping me and his favourite task is of course licking out the bowl.
This weekend I had a few bananas in the fruit bowl which looked like they needed using so I decided to make some banana and chocolate bars. This is a square banana cake which has been frosted with chocolate icing. I have to admit I got a bit carried away with decorating it, using up some sprinkles and butterfly sugar cake decorations I had in my cupboard. The banana and chocolate bars were a big success though and I would definitely make them again.
This is the recipe if you fancy making them:
Banana and Chocolate Bars
- 175g (6oz) butter
- 175g (6oz) caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 250g (8oz) self raising flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 bananas (about 175g, 6 oz)
For the frosting
- 50g (2oz) butter
- 25g (1oz) cocoa powder
- 350g (8oz) icing sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4
- Cream the butter and sugar together until golden.
- Gradually add in the eggs, flour and baking powder, mixing as you go.
- Peel and mash the bananas and beat them into the mixture.
- Line a baking tin with parchment and pour the mixture in, levelling the top.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden and the top is springy to touch.
- Leave in the tin to cool and make the frosting.
- Heat the butter in a pan until melted then stir in the cocoa powder.
- Remove from the heat and add the icing sugar bit by bit after sifting it.
- Heat gently until smooth adding milk as needed.
- Pour over the cake and add decorations if you want.
- When cool remove from tin and cut into bars.