Ba­nana cake

Pick Me Up! Special - - Eat Easy -

225g self-rais­ing flour

¼ tsp salt

100g Trex, chilled

100g light mus­co­v­ado sugar

2 large eggs, beaten

1 tsp vanilla ex­tract

3 ripe ba­nanas, mashed

50g dried apri­cots, chopped

1-2 tbsp milk


50g but­ter

50g ic­ing sugar

A lit­tle lemon zest, finely grated

100g cream cheese

A few dried ba­nana chips

3-4 apri­cots, chopped

1. Pre­heat the oven to 180°C. Grease a 20cm (8in) cake tin.

2. Sift the flour and salt. Add the Trex and rub it in with your fin­gers un­til the mix­ture looks like fine bread­crumbs. Stir in the sugar.

3. Beat the eggs and vanilla ex­tract to­gether. Add them to the mix­ture with the mashed ba­nanas and apri­cots. Stir un­til com­bined. The mix­ture should have a soft, drop­ping con­sis­tency. If the mix­ture is too stiff, stir in 1-2 tbsp of milk.

4. Trans­fer the mix­ture to the pre­pared tin. Bake for 55 mins. To test that the cake is cooked, insert a skewer into the cen­tre. If it comes out clean, it is cooked. If not, bake for a lit­tle longer.

5. Stand the cake on a wire rack and cool com­pletely. When cool, re­move the lin­ing pa­per.

6. Beat to­gether the but­ter, ic­ing sugar and lemon zest. Add the cream cheese. Spread the frost­ing over the top and dec­o­rate with ba­nana chips and chopped apri­cots.

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