double-glazed banana blueberry cake

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This is 100% the result of endeavouring to produce an impressively presented cake with the leftover ingredients I had on hand, and the bananas that needed mashing in the fruit bowl. Given that I had no butter, the cake itself is actually dairy free, and the cream cheese glaze could easily be substituted for a simple lemon drizzle made from icing sugar and lemon juice for it to be such in its entirety. I feel like it’s seriously hard to go wrong with a banana cake destined to be moist (I don’t hate this word as much as I probably should), and the topping brings it to the next level. This is seriously low maintenance baking: I didn’t even bother lining my springform baking tin.

DSC05110 DSC05114 DSC05115Ingredients:

  • 120g coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature and free range (I always specify this because I can’t overemphasise how important this is)
  • 2 ripe++ bananas, mashed (peel and store ones that are serving to be fly-bait in snaplock bags in the freezer for such occasions)
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup and 1 tbsp icing sugar (separate measurements)
  • 50g cream cheese
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Fresh flowers to decorate
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C fan bake. Grease a 23cm diameter springform baking tin.
  2. Beat the coconut oil and caster sugar until well combined, then add the eggs one at a time, beating thorughly after each addition. Stir through the mashed bananas. Mix in the self-raising flour and desiccated coconut with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  3. Pour into the greased baking tin and bake for 30-40 minutes, until springy in the middle and a skewer comes out clean.
  4. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before transferring to your serving dish of choice. Prod the cake at random with a bamboo skewer all over to allow the syrup to drench through.
  5. Prep the blueberry syrup simply by microwaving the berries for a few minutes until they are thawed and juicy. Stir in the 1tbsp of icing sugar and then tip over the cake reasonably evenly.
  6. Beat the 1/2 cup of icing sugar with softened cream cheese, adding enough lemon juice for it to be able to be drizzled over the cake easily. Make a mess, but make sure you can still see the syrup underneath peeking through!
  7. Decorate with fresh flowers and serve as soon as possible.

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