Friday, 21 September 2012

Chocolate Banana Cake

I've made a few challenging things over recent months on this blog, but today was one of the hardest of all. This afternoon we made a birthday cake for our beloved husband and daddy who died 8 months ago.

Reuben and I had a conversation a while ago which made me decide I wanted to make a chocolate and banana cake. A friend of mine recently made a fantastic one and kindly passed on the recipe. I must say this one came out very differently - I seem to have a problem with particularly flat cakes at the moment, and the banana was much more chunky and noticeable in this one, but I *loved* it. It was even more moist than last time I tried it, and I added a little more cocoa. It's really, really good!

So. We had cake. We had a candle. We had sunshine. We had friends and family. We had fun in the garden. We had homemade pizza for tea. Our tummies are full but what a big hole we have in our home and our hearts.


Chocolate Banana Cake

125g butter
½ cup sugar
1 egg
3 bananas, mashed
1 tsp baking soda
¼ cup milk
1 ½ cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 Tbs cocoa
Pinch salt

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg, beat well. Stir in bananas. Dissolve soda in warm milk, add to banana mixture.
In a separate bowl, sift and mix together dry ingredients. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
Bake approx 30 minutes at 180 degrees celcius. When cool, ice with chocolate icing.

Recipe and instructions thanks to Summer. 

Reuben is pretty sure God had His mixer out today. And if He didn't have any candles, Jesus would have some.


  1. Looks AMAZING. A family baking day for his birthday is an inspired and inspiring tradition, and so appropriate. Well done, you, on so many levels. xox

  2. The cake looks amazing Angela, what a great idea to do this on Kent's birthday. I feel so sad reading this and thinking of you all, and seeing the photo of Kent on your blog. Still can't quite believe it. Lots of love xx

  3. Oh this looks delicious! well done to your sous chef Reuben! I agree it is such a wonderful idea as a family tradition. The leisnhams will also be joining you in cake and remembering over here xx

  4. Reuben, that's a great thought. I was thinking of Brian and Kent having cake together. Maybe even one as good as this chocolate banana cake!

  5. I love that little candle on the side of the cake, it is pure sweetness x x

  6. Beautifulness!! You guys are stars xo. P.S. Totally trying the shortbread recipe with O tomorrow...yum..


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