Delicious Banana Cake – Spongy banana cake with chocolate chips and raisins

You will love this heartwarming banana cake that is deliciously moist and rich in banana scent.

Overripe bananas in your fruit bowl are ideal for this recipe as they are the most moist and juiciest in taste.  You can use both chocolate chips or raisins or omit either of them in this recipe.  However,  If you desire a plain banana taste, omit both and just add the rest of the ingredients. I personally prefer both in  balanced propotions as they enhance the taste  in a great deal.

Any left-overs could be stored in the fridge in an air tight cake box up to 3 days.

So, let’s make this super easy, delicious banana cake today!

What you will need:

Self Raising flour 250 g
Bananas  4
Light soft brown sugar 250 g
Margarine/butter under room temp.  (Stork brand spread is best in UK) 140 g
Eggs  2
Milk Chocolate chips or broken pieces and raisins  2 tbsp each or a bit more
Salt 3 pinches
Banana essence (optional) four drops
Lemon juice 1 tsp each

Let’s make them:

Preheat  the oven to 160 C . Gas mark 3.      Oven temperature conversion :

http://happyrecipes.co.uk/oven-temperature-conversion/

Cream it

  • Cream butter and sugar together using an electric hand mixer.
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Make sure you beat two rounds after each addition.
  • Add banana essence,  lemon juice,  and cream for two rounds.

Mash it

  • Using a fork scrape the bananas into a bowl and mash them

Flour it

  • Mix  salt and self raising flour and sieve onto the cake batter, holding the sieve well above it, allowing the air to escape
  • Do not use the electric mixer at this point.  Fold the flour gently with a wooden spoon until everything turns into a creamy batter
  • Now add the mashed bananas, chocolate chips and raisins
  • Give a thorough mix and combine all together

Tray it

  • Line up a 9in tray and pour the cake batter into it
  • Gently lift the tray and drop on to the pantry top to make the surface even

Oven it

  • Stick the tray in the oven and bake for 25 min or until the top turns golden brown.
  • Check by stabbing a skewer.  If the skewer comes out clean, your cake is ready.
  • Take out from the oven and leave in the tray for 10 mins to cool off.
  • Gently take the cake out and let it rest on a cooling rack
  • Enjoy a delicious piece from your cake with a steaming cup of tea

 

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Plain Vanilla cupcakes – Supersoft, delicious cupcakes that anyone can make

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These plain vanilla cupcakes are so easy to make and would stay fresh and moist for days!

I have added corn flour into the cake batter that made the cakes extra spongy.  The light, silkyness in corn flour had a magical effect indeed!

Keep an eye on the oven because the cakes can get over baked and the top would be crispy instead of coming out super soft and spongy. Hence, as soon as you see them changing  into a soft golden colour, open the oven door and quickly instert a skewer or press in the middle to check if they are baked properly.  If the cakes are fully baked the skewer should come clean or if you press them in the middle, they should spring back.  Immediately, take the cakes out of the oven and let them cool off.

Let’s make them at the teatime today,

You will need the following items:

Self Raising flour 225 g
Corn flour 25 g
Caster sugar 250 g
Margarine/butter under room temp.  (Stork brand spread is best in UK) 250 g
Milk 1/4 cup
Eggs 4
Salt 3 pinches
Baking powder 1 tsp
Lemon juice and Vanilla essence 1 tsp each

Let’s make them: Set the oven to 160 C . Gas mark 3.

Oven temperature conversion :   http://happyrecipes.co.uk/oven-temperature-conversion/

Cream it

  • Cream butter and sugar together using an electric hand mixer.
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Make sure you beat two rounds after each addition.
  • Add vanilla essence,  lemon juice,  and beat for two rounds.

Flour it

  • Mix baking powder, salt and corn flour to Self raising flour and sieve onto the cake batter, holding the sieve well above it, allowing the air to escape.
  • Do not use the electric mixer at this point.  Fold the flour gently with a wooden spoon until everything turns into a creamy batter.
  • Add milk and fold well.

Fill it

  • Fill the paper cupcake cases 3/4th with the batter, leaving space for cakes to rise.
  • Place the filled up cases in the cupcake tray.
  • Lift the tray and drop gently on the pantry top twice, to level the cake batter’

Bake it

  • Pop the tray in to the oven.
  • Bake for 20 min or until the cakes are golden in colour (Never open the oven door in the inital 10 mins)
  • Insert a skewer into the middle of the cake and if it comes clean,  your cake is ready.  Or press in the middle and it should spring back.

  • Take the tray out of  the oven and let it rest for 10 mins.
  • Slowly remove the cupcakes from the tray and place them on a cooling rack.
  • Let the cakes cool off completely.
  • Your beautiful cupcakes are ready to devour or ice with any frosting now.

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Pretty Vanilla Cupcakes with Cream Cheese frosting and Strawberry sauce

These beautifully presented cupcakes with cream cheese frosting on top is a real winner, when it comes to party cakes.  The well in the middle filled with juicy strawberry sauce and topped with sweet cream cheese, blends heavenly to produce the yummiest ever treat for kids and adults alike!

By adding corn flour into the cake batter, the cupcakes can be made extra spongy and filling the little well in the middle with strawberry sauce, which in turn gives such a delicious taste.

It’s super easy to make, once you gather all the necessary ingredients and equipment together.

So, let’s make them:

You will need the following items:

Self Raising flour 225 g
 Corn flour 25 g
Caster sugar 250 g
Margarine/butter under room temp.  (Stork brand spread is best in UK) 250 g
Milk 1/4 cup
Eggs 4
Salt 3 pinches
Baking powder 1 tsp
Lemon juice and Vanilla essence 1 tsp each

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Let’s make them: Set the oven to 160 C . Gas mark 3.

Oven temperature conversion :   http://happyrecipes.co.uk/oven-temperature-conversion/

Cream it

  • Cream butter and sugar together using an electric hand mixer.
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Make sure you beat two rounds after each addition.
  • Add vanilla essence,  lemon juice,  and beat for two rounds.

Flour it

  • Mix baking powder, salt and corn flour to Self raising flour and sieve onto the cake batter, holding the sieve well above it, allowing the air to escape.
  • Do not use the electric mixer at this point.  Fold the flour gently with a wooden spoon until everything turns into a creamy batter.
  • Add milk and fold well.

Fill it

  • Fill the paper cupcake cases 3/4th with the batter, leaving space for cakes to rise.
  • Place the filled up cases in the cupcake tray.
  • Lift the tray and drop gently on the pantry top twice, to level the cake batter’

Bake it

  • Pop the tray in to the oven.
  • Bake for 13-20 min. (Never open the oven door in the inital 10 mins)
  • Insert a skewer into the middle of the cake and if it comes clean,  your cake is ready.

  • Take the tray out of  the oven and let it rest for 10 mins.
  • Slowly remove the cupcakes from the tray and place them on a cooling rack.
  • Let the cakes cool off completely.

Mascaphone cheese and Confectionary sugar (Icing sugar) frosting

Price: £6.50

 You will need :

  • Mascarpone cheese   –  100 g
  • Icing sugar                      – 30g or 35 g if you desire a sweeter taste
  • Lemon juice                   – 3 drops

With a spatula mix all together vigorously until creamy.

Let’s decorate the cupcakes now :

  • Cut out a small circle from each cupcake so a little well is formed in the center
  • Fill the well with strawberry topping
  • Cover with mascarpone icing with a flat knife or make a swirl with a nozzel.
  • Arrange quarters of strawbery and the cut out rounds of the cupcakes in the middle in a pretty angel.
  • Your pretty cupcakes are ready.
  • Stick them in the fridge because the topping is diary based.
  • Take out from the fridge 15 mins before serving.
  • Done!!

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Steamed Tuti Fruiti Cake – Heavenly spongy cake steamed in the rice cooker

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The spongy bite of this cake, with delicate tuti fruiti pieces, makes it, a treat that is hard to resist!

Tuti fruitis,  meaning,  ‘all fruits’ in Italian,   are usually chopped candid fruits.  Their rich red and green colours and subtle fruity flavours contribute to a very tempting look on ice creams, jellies or cakes.

The best news about this cake is that it is steamed in the rice cooker,  not baked in the oven like conventional cakes,  which collectively account for its irresistible, 

spongy texture. You can use the usual steamer too, but if you have a rice cooker, the process is so much easier, as you just have to close the lid and set the “COOK” button on. In less than 30 mins, your juicy cake will be ready to devour! 

Now, you do not have to worry if your oven is  malfunctioning or  if you do not have one, as in the case of certain parts of the world.   In tropical countries, for instance,  many people do not want to use the oven, as it doubles up the heat in the house making it really hot and stuffy.

This recipe is just the one for them! Without an oven, now they too can enjoy a beautiful, home-made cake!

So, let’s get started,

You need the following usual ingredients for cakes :

 Self raising flour  100 g
 Melted butter or Margarine  100 g
 Eggs  2
 Sugar  100 g
 Salt  3 pinches
 Yellow cake colour (Optional)  2 drops
 Baking powder 1/4 tsp
 Vanilla  2 drops
Milk 1 tbsp
Tuti fruiti (red and green)
You can add red and green glazed cherries,
dusted in flour in place of tuti fruiti
1 tbsp each colour

Let’s make :

Beat it

  • Beat butter and sugar together in a bowl until creamy.
  • Add eggs one at a time and beat until frothy.
  • Sieve flour, salt and baking powder together on to the bowl.
  • Add Yellow cake colour, vanilla and milk.
  • Combine everything with a wooden spoon until a creamy batter is formed.
  • Dust tuti fruiti pieces with flour and add to the batter.

Dish it

  • Line up a pie dish or a round cake tin that would fit the steamer in the rice cooker.
  • Spoon the batter into it.

Steam it

  • Fill the rice cooker with water little less than half.
  • Place the steamer section and on top of it place the cake tray.
  • Close the lid and set to COOK mode.
  • Check after 1/2 hr with a wooden skewer stabbed in the middle of the cake.  If the skewer comes sticky with cake batter, close the lid and let the cake steam away another 15 mins.
  • Once the cake is steamed properly, take the tray out and let it rest for 5 mins.
  • Your cake is ready!
  • Enjoy!

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Lemon Drizzle Cake – Delicious lemony cake topped with lemony icing

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This heart warming, moist and crunchy on the top Classic Lemon Drizzle cake is a real winner!

Experience the joy of pouring lemon syrup on the cake and watch how it dances a little while on the top and slowly sink beneath the spongy layers.  But the best part is drizzling the lemony icing on the top, making pretty waves.  If you fancy a bit more tangy flavour, do not hesitate to add an extra spoon full of lemon juice instead of 2.

Do not wait any longer to try this out as the whole process takes less than one hour.

Let’s start now.

You will need the following ingredients:

 Self raising flour  175 g
 sugar – white  175 g
 Butter / spread  175 g
 Eggs – large  2
 Salt  2 pinches
 Lemon juice  2 tbsp
 Lemon zest  1/2 tbsp
 Milk  3 tbsp
 Baking powder  1/2 tsp

Let’s make :

  • Set the oven to 160 C.

Oven temp conversion :

http://happyrecipes.co.uk/oven-temperature-conversion/

Cream it

  • Cream butter and sugar using an electric mixer
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each adding

Flour it

  • Mix flour, salt and baking powder together and swift onto the batter using a sieve
  • Add lemon zest, lemon juice and milk
  • Mix all with a wooden spoon until everything combines into a smooth batter
  • Line up a loaf tray and pour the batter in

Bake it

  • Bake for 30 mins or until a skiver comes out clean
  • Take the cake out of the oven and leave to rest for 5 mins in the tray
  • Stab all over the cake with a skiver
  • Take out and place on a wire rack

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Syrup it

Lemon syrup

  • Mix 3 tbsp of lemon juice with 3 tbsp of granulated sugar.
  • Heat up only until the syrup gets warm. (do not boil)
  • Pour over the cake while the cake is still warm.
  • Leave to cool.

Ice it

Lemon Icing

  • Simply mix 4 tbsp of icing sugar with 3 tbsp of lemon juice.
  • Now pour over the cake.
  • Let it drizzle from sides.
  • Your cake is ready to serve.

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Vanilla cupcakes – Pretty rose cupcakes with butter vanilla icing

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  You will need the following items:

Self Raising flour 250 g
Margarine or butter softened 250 g
Caster sugar 250 g
Eggs 4
Milk 1/4 cup
Lemon juice and Vanilla essence 1  tsp each
Salt 3 pinches
Baking powder 1 tsp

Let’s make them: Set the oven to 180 C .

Oven temperature conversion  http://happyrecipes.co.uk/oven-temperature-conversion/

Beat it

  • Beat butter and sugar together until creamy, using an electric hand mixer.
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Make sure you beat well after each addition.
  • Add vanilla essence,  lemon juice, salt and beat for two rounds.

Flour it

  • Mix baking powder to flour and sieve onto the cake batter, holding the sieve well above it, allowing the air to escape.
  • Do not use the electric mixer at this point.  Fold the flour gently with a wooden spoon until everything turns into a creamy batter.
  • Add milk and mix well.

Fill it

  • Fill the paper cupcake cases 3/4  th with the batter, leaving space for cakes to rise.
  • Place the cases in the cupcake tray.

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Bake it

  • Pop it in to the oven.
  • Bake for 13-20 min. (Never open the oven door in the inital 10 mins)
  • Insert a skewer into the middle of the cake and if it comes clean,  your cake is ready.
  • Take the tray out of  the oven and let it rest for 10 mins.
  • Slowly remove the cupcakes from the tray and place them on a cooling rack.
  • Let the cakes cool off completely  !!!

Let’s make the butter icing now :

 Icing sugar 300 g
Butter or Margarine 125 g
Lemon juice 1/2 tsp
Milk 1 tbsp
Liquid cake colours (red)
Vanilla A few drops

Let’s make the icing:

  • Cream up all together using an electric hand mixer .
  • Drop two drops from red liquid colour into one bowl to make pink colour.
  • Spread a layer of pink icing cream on the top.  Or, make swirls using your cake decorating kit.
  • Immediately after, sprinkle colourful sprinkles or desiccated coconut dipped in any colour.
  • Your pretty cup cakes are ready.

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Chocolate Cupcakes – Pretty chocolate cupcakes for any occassion

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Gorgeous as they look, these chocolate cupcakes are very easy to make.  You simply have to follow the same chocolate cake recipe, fill the paper cupcake-cases and bake them.  The chocolate butter icing is just right for topping the cakes up or you can make the chocolate fudge icing for a more festive looking cupcakes or simple chocolate butter icing for a more buttery taste.

Happy party time !!

Get ready with the following ingredients :

Self raising flour 300 g
Stork spread/Butter/ Magerine 300 g
Caster sugar 300 g
Eggs 5 medium
Lemon juice 1 tsp
Salt 3 pinches ( a must)
Baking powder 1 tsp
Cocoa powder 4 tbsp heaps
Plain full fat yogurt (optional) this is to make the cake more moist 1 tbsp
 Milk  1/4 cup

Let’s make it:

Set the oven to 180 C . (Temperature conversion chart  is given under Tips)

Beat it

  •  Beat butter and sugar together until creamy,  using an electric hand mixer.
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Beat well after each addition.
  • Add vanilla essence,  lemon juice, salt and beat for two rounds.

Flour it

  • Mix baking powder,  flour and cocoa powder and sieve onto the cake batter, holding the sieve well above it, allowing the air to escape.
  • Fold the flour gently with a wooden spoon until everything turns into a creamy batter.
  • Mix milk and yogurt and add.  Give a good mix with a wooden spoon going clockwise.

Fill it

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  • Fill paper cupcake cases with the batter leaving a little room from top allowing the cake to rise.
  • Place the cupcake cases in a cupcake baking tray for them to stay steady and neat.

Oven it

  • Pop it in the oven and bake for 20 – 25 mins. In the first 10 min do not open the oven door.
  • Insert a skewer into the middle of one of the cakes and if it comes clean,  it’s ready.

Cool it

  • Take it out from the oven and let it rest for 10 mins.
  • Slowly remove the cupcakes from the tray and place them on a cooling rack to cool off completely. This will take 1 hr at least.
  • Your cakes are ready to ice now.

To make the chocolate butter icing you need :

Icing sugar 300 g
Stork spread or butter 125 g
Cocoa powder 5 tbsp
Milk 2 tbsps
Lemon a few drops
Vanilla a few drops
 Sprinklers to decorate
  • Sieve icing sugar and cocoa powder together from a sieve on to a bowl.
  • Add butter and beat together until creamy.
  • Add milk, vanilla and lemon.
  • Your chocolate icing is ready.
  • Cover the cupcakes with chocolate icing one by one with a flat knife, often dipping it in warm water. Or, you can use a piping bag e in cake icing kits to have a more elegant look.
  • Throw some sprinklers on .
  • Done !!

To make the  Chocolate fudge icing you will need:

 Icing sugar 1/2 cup
Double cream 1/4 cup
Butter/Stork spread 50 g
Milk chocolate buttons 110 g
Cocoa powder 3 tbsp

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  • In a small glass bowl place chocolate drops, butter and double cream.
  • Place a wider pan on stove and  fill it with  hot  water.
  • Dip the small glass bowl into the wide pan.
  • Stir slowly until chocolates melt along with butter and cream.
  • If the chocolates are hard, heat up the pan with water under very light flame.
  • Add sieved icing sugar and cocoa powder.
  • Take out from the pan and stir until you are left with a creamy chocolaty melt.
  • Leave to cool.
  • Pour chocolate fudge cream on to the cupcakes.
  • Sprinkle some decorative sprinkles.
  • Enjoy !

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Buttery Tea Time Cake – Sponge cake with crystallized sugar syrup

nfdnfd It is amazing that this simple  light and fluffy buttery cake, turns into a gorgeous teatime treat when its golden crusty top is glazed with butter and sugar crystal syrup.  It gives such a  sweet crunchiness to the top layer making every bite pleasurable. Make this delightful treat for your friends for afternoon tea and enjoy it relaxing in the garden with a steaming pot of tea.

Let’s make it: 

Self Raising flour 250 g
Margarine or butter 250 g
Caster sugar 250 g
Eggs 4
Milk 1/4 cup
Lemon juice and Vanilla essence 1  tsp each
Salt 2 pinches
Baking powder 1 tsp

Let’s make it: Set the oven to 180 C . (Temperature conversion is given under Tips)

Cream it

  • Beat butter and sugar together until creamy,  using an electric hand mixer.
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Make sure you beat well after each addition.
  • Add vanilla essence,  lemon juice, salt and beat for two rounds.

Flour it

  • Mix baking powder to flour and sieve onto the cake batter, holding the sieve well above it, allowing the air to escape.
  •  Fold the flour gently with a wooden spoon until everything turns into a creamy batter.
  • Add milk and mix into the batter.

Oven it

  • Line up a round baking tray with parchment paper and spoon the batter into the baking tray and flatten with a spatula.
  • Lift up the tray and drop it twice onto your kitchen-top gently, allowing the batter to spread and settle evenly on the try.
  • Pop it in the oven.

Rest it

  • Insert a skewer into the middle of the cake and if it comes clean,  your cake is ready.
  • Take it out from the oven and let it rest for 10 mins.
  • Slowly remove from the tray, peel off the baking paper and place it on a cooling rack.
  • Let the cake rest for 15 mins.

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(Do not spread this syrup when the cake is warm.  Let it cool off for about 20 mins.)

  • Place a heap of a tablespoon of butter in a bowl.
  • Add a tablespoon of brown sugar and mix well.
  • Now place the bowl in the microwave or on the stove and heat for a minute. Do not boil.
  • Take out and give a good stir with a spoon.  The sugar should not be dissolved completely but crystallized.
  • Pour the sugar syrup using a small spoon all over the cake.
  • After a few mins you will notice the sugar crystals have formed on the top.
  • Done!!
  • Delicious!

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Madeira Cake – A traditional English teatime treat

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Madeira cake is a traditional English cake, which was served with a glass of wine in olden times.  It , however,  has become a popular teatime treat across the country now a days with nostalgic resonance.

You will notice that there is no baking powder or bicarbonate  soda in this recipe. Hence, the cake doesn’t rise but gives a soft, yet firmer texture to it.  There are a lot of variations to this cake, but none can beat this simple plain cake with it’s dainty yellow colour, especially when it teams up with a steaming mug of tea.

Bake this cake in a loaf tin as it gives the cake the shape of a loaf, particularly, the slices look nice and unique in shape.

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  What you need to make this :

 Butter 220 g
Caster sugar 140 g
Self raising flour 170 g
Plain flour 3
Eggs 3g
Milk 2 tbsp
Lemon juice 2 tsp
Salt 2 pinches

Let’s make it:

Set the oven to 180 C.

Cream it

  • Beat sugar and butter together until creamy.
  • Add eggs one by one and beat after each adding.

Flour it

  • Mix both flours together and swift onto the batter holding the sieve a little above.
  • Mix with a wooden spoon, gently folding.
  • Add milk, lemon juice and salt.
  • Mix with the spoon until all come together into a smooth batter.

Pour it

  • Line up a loaf tray and pour the batter into it.
  • Give a shake and drop gently onto the kitchen top. This will let the air bubbles to escape and.

Oven it

  • Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 mins.
  • Remove from the oven, let it sit for 5 mins and remove from the tray.
  • Transfer on to a cooling rack.

Serve it

  • Slice with a long knife, dipped in hot water and wiped dry.
  • Enjoy with a steaming mug of tea.

Important : After 15-20 mins, if the top has already got a nice, golden colour, but the middle of the cake is wet and unbaked (Insert a skewer and check), cover the top  loosely with a foil paper, shut the oven door and bake for another 5 mins.  This will allow the middle to be baked and the top to remain as it is.

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