Recipe: Banana & Chocolate Loaf Cake

banana chocolate loaf cake

I don’t think it’s a secret around these parts that I love a loaf cake. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not into fuss and frippery. I want to make a cake, and eat it. I don’t want to spend six hours of my life fighting with icing nozzles and decorations. That’s not me –  so a loaf cake ticks all my cakey boxes. They are generally very simply and quick to knock up and many recipes can just baked and scoffed, perfect

There’s a chance I may have blogged this recipe before however, I have tweaked it a little over the past few years. It’s a firm family favourite, in fact I would go as far as to say it’s THE family favourite cake, often found in packed lunches (where I am told their friends go YUCK on account of how it looks) and I’m not going to lie, bananas are bought purely so they go spotty and can be turned into cake.

The banana means this is a wonderfully moist cake and keeps well for a good couple of days – if it hangs around that long!   It’s quite a versatile cake and in the past I have added other ingredients such as mini pieces of fudge or chopped walnuts – but the standard banana and chocolate variety is the most popular!

Banana & Chocolate Loaf Cake

Ingredients
 
125g butter
150g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg, beaten
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
190g self raising flour
1tsp baking powder
60ml milk
100g chocolate chips
 
Method
 
Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin. You can do this with baking parchment or if you’re sensible you’ll pick up some loaf tin liners like I do – normally from Lakeland but I am sure they sell them in other places too. 
 
Take a large saucepan, and over a medium heat, melt the butter, sugar and vanilla extract together.  Remove from the heat and add the mashed bananas to the pan. Mix everything together well.
 
Add the beaten egg and mix well before stirring in the flour, baking powder, milk and chocolate chips.
 

Pour your cake mixture into the ready-prepared tin and bake in the oven at 170c/gas mark 3 for around 35-40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

And that really is it! So quick and easy and mainly items you’ll have languishing in your cupboard or fridge at any one time! I must make this cake at least twice a month and we’re not bored of it yet. And with that….I’m off for a slice!

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24 Comments on “Recipe: Banana & Chocolate Loaf Cake”

  1. This is my ideal cake! I love both ingredients and never even thought about making this cake. I love baking and i know my girls would love to bake this too! Thank you for sharing 🙂 x

    1. It’s a really good one with kids as it’s easy to knock up, mine do the melting over the heat themselves now they are a bit older.

  2. We love baking, so this is an excellent one for us. We have a few banana/choc recipes, so it’s always great to try another one…..Two of our favourite cake or muffin flavours!!

    1. Yes, I’ve found some bland – my answer (though not a healthy one!) is more sugar! Sometimes I think it just needs sweetening up a bit.

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