Banana Swirl Cake – One Banana, Two Bananas, Three Bananas , Four.

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Excuse the picture, brown things are not my forte.

Somehow we needed up with way too many bananas and I needed up making two banana cakes, this one for the Miss Muffin’s lunch box and the fabulous Mars Bar Banana Loaf for my lucky work mates. I was in one of those moods to bake and yet again, had to fill the oven.

I looked at a few recipes on the internet and they nearly all had a predominantly vanilla swirl, who wants that? Chocolate is better and we all know that, right?

Banana Swirl Cake -

  • Servings: 6-8
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Oven 180
Grease and line base of a 20cm spring form tin
150g softened butter
1/2 c white sugar
2 eggs 
1 1/3 cups plain flour
1 heaped tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp cinnamon
3-4 ripe bananas mashed
1 heaped tbsp of cocoa powder made into a paste with 1/3 c just boiled water
Beat the butter and the sugar until it is light and fluffy
Beat in eggs one at a time, stir in vanilla and cinnamon
Fold in the flour, baking powder and baking soda
When flour is all mixed stir in mashed bananas
Put 1/3 mix in another bowl
Add cocoa paste to original bowl and mix
Plop bits of the cocoa mixture into the prepared tin
Add vanilla mix in-between the cocoa mix
When the mix is all in the tin gently run a chopstick/fork handle through mix to swirl
Bake for 30-40 minutes until a skewer come out clean and allow to cool enough so you can take it out of the tin and put it on the rack without burning yourself.


Banana Mars Bar Loaf – So Easy And A Real People Pleaser.

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The boss bought far too many bananas on sale and so I stepped up and offered to make a banana loaf. Usually I find these a tad boring so I searched the internet for ways to add a little zing and the edition of Mars Bars caught my eye. I looked at several recipes and then made my own up from what I had see. This is a really easy and delicious loaf to make. It vanished very quickly and was declared one of the best things I have ever baked.

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Banana Mars Bar Loaf -

  • Servings: 6-8
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Grease and line a loaf tin (med size)

Preheat oven 170


½ cup cooking oil

1/2 cup superfine sugar

2 eggs

3 ripe bananas , mashed

½ teaspoon vanilla essence

2 cups self-raising flour

2 Mars bars, chopped (leave some thin slices to decorate top)


Beat oil and sugar together

Whisk eggs into oil mix

Str in Mashed banana and vanilla essence

Fold in flour

Stir in Mars Bar until mixed through.

Tip mix into prepared loaf tin and decorate the top with a few slices of Mars Bar

Bake for 40-45 mins until skewer comes out clean

Cool and slice