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Friday 30 September 2011

Cooking With Your Toddler - Banana Cake

I tweeted at the weekend about how I had a bit of an online shopping fail - instead of ordering 10 individual bananas I managed to order 10 bags of bananas!

Tesco thankfully managed to re-route a driver later that evening to call and collect some of the excess bananas,leaving us with only 4 bags. We managed to munch our way through most of them before they became over-ripe and decided to use the rest to make some banana cake/bread with Jack. Along with as his apron and chefs hat set Dunelm also sent Jack a Tala Child's baking set to try out so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity. The set comes with an extremely cute 12cm springform cake tin, a mini spatula, mechanical timer and squeezy icing bottle.

The spatula was the perfect size for Jack to handle and has a flexible end, great for scraping bowls - or the dregs in your peanut butter or jam jar. The timer is easy to operate and can time from 1 minute up to an hour - great for baking or setting time limits on the Xbox or naughty step!

The pan is the cutest pan I have ever seen, it's a dinky version of a full-size springform pan, with a loose bottom. This is a great size for making a cake for the kids tea, especially if you're like me & on a permanent diet and don't wish to have cakes lying around for fear of not being able to resist them! There will definitely not be any left-overs when using this pan.

We didn't get around to using the icing bottle but I'm sure it will appear in future posts. The Tala baking set is available from Dunelm at a very reasonable £8.99, great for kids presents or stocking fillers.

If you haven't entered already, don't forget to enter my competition to win an apron & chefs hat set like Jack is wearing.

Banana Cake

125g butter, melted & cooled
350g SR Flour
175g Golden Caster Sugar
2 tbsp Smooth Peanut Butter
2 tsp Cinnamon
2 Eggs, beaten
3 Large over-ripe bananas, peeled & mashed
tbsp Milk

  • Mix all the ingredients  together until combined.
  • Spoon mix into greased & lined large loaf pan or 2 smaller pans
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a knife or metal skewer inserted comes out clean. If you are using 1 large loaf pan you may need to bake for around 50-60 minutes.
  • Allow to cool slightly in the pan and then remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely

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After we had divided the mix up between our loaf pan and small springform pan we had some mix left over and added some chocolate chips and fudge pieces and baked them in mini cupcakes cases.


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  1. Oooh I might try this next time instead of cupcakes as it will make a xhnace and the are only so many variations I can keep coming up with!! X

  2. and it's lovely with butter on......!! x

  3. Now I have wanted to try this but the bit that puts me off is the peanut butter as I hate it...would it cope without it? x

  4. workinglondonmummy1 October 2011 at 23:17

    what a nice recipe. I love the cupcake version too. x

  5. I love Banana bread! I am soo trying this :-)

  6. sorry only just seen your comment - yes it would definitely be ok without the peanut butter , although you can't taste it, the original recipe has walnuts in but you can leave them out too if you like

  7. thanks, and they were a big hit with Jack, he ate loads of them!

  8. if you like nuts I would put them in instead of the peanut butter x


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