I had to dust off my baking skills this week, as the Brownies had a charity Fundraiser for Plan UK - where they sold their "no sew" scarves - which were a favourite with the parents!!! And home baked goods were made by the girls for sale.
So I decided to make an easy recipe - Chocolate Marble and Banana Cake (inspired by Rachel Allen), and it went down a storm! Even Foxy (our honorary Brownie) wanted a piece...As Plan UK are such a brilliant charity and do so many great things for children all over the world, the Brownies went all out as the pictures below demonstrate.
Here's the recipe for my Chocolate Marble & Banana Cake (It's a winner with kids!):
- 200 g butter, at room temperature
- 200 g caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 225 g plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 bananas, mashed
- 50 g cocoa powder, sifted
- 1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Butter and flour the sides of a 20cm cake tin and line the base with greaseproof paper.
- 2. Cream the butter in a large bowl or in an electric food mixer until soft. Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
- 3. Whisk the eggs and vanilla extract together in a small bowl. Gradually add the eggs to the butter mixture, beating all the time. Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold in gently to mix. Fold in the mashed bananas
- 4. Tip half of the cake mixture into another large bowl and, into this bowl, fold in the sifted cocoa powder.
- 5. Place the cake mixtures into the prepared tin by alternating spoonfuls of the vanilla batter with the chocolate batter, then with a skewer or similar implement, gently draw swirls through the cake mixture to ‘marblise’ it. Don’t overmix or you won’t have that wonderful marble effect. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- 6. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack and allow to cool before serving.