21 Feb 2014

Nutella Layered Banana Cake

An inquisitive toddler, ever so willing to help. A few very, very ripe bananas, nearly ready for the bin. And school holidays. The perfect pre-requisites to bake the perfect cake.

As I had all these very vital ingredients on hand this week, I set about baking a cake. A banana cake. With the added hazelnutty chocolatey deliciousness of a layer of Nutella. Well, to be honest, I intended it to be a Nutella drizzle cake. But turns out Nutella has a mind of its own. It decided to sit on top as a layer. So we ended up with a Nutella layered banana cake instead. All good.

A slice of Nutella Layered Banana Cake

To make my Nutella layered banana cake, I used:
  • 250 grams of self-raising flour
  • 100 grams of soft margarine
  • 125 grams of granulated sugar
  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 2 lightly beaten eggs
  • 4 heaped tablespoonfuls of Nutella 
I recruited the assistance of my little helper to make my our cake. He got kitted out in my kitchen apron, and was very, very pleased with himself. Although the photo may say otherwise.

My Little Helper
Then we got to work. J sat down at his kitchen table to mash the bananas. And mash them he did. With great gusto. And a lot of determination. All the while singing very relevant rhymes. "Stir the pudding, stir the pudding, mix, mix, chop..." and so on. The nitpickers can point out that it was not technically a christmas pudding he was helping with. And he was mashing bananas, not stirring a pudding. But hey, what do they know about toddlers? And certainly nothing about mine. So there.

Mashing Bananas
While J kept himself busy with the bananas, I readied all the other ingredients. I measured out the flour, butter and sugar and put them all together. I then set about rubbing the marg into the flour till the whole mixture became the consistency of breadcrumbs.

Then I tipped in the eggs and the mashed bananas and mixed everything up with a spatula. The mixture got poured into an 8-inch greased and lined baking tin.

I warmed the Nutella for a few seconds in the microwave (about 20 seconds for 4 tbsp) to make it easier to spread around. Next, I poured the slightly runny Nutella on top of my cake mix and swirled it around with a skewer.

Nutella Layered Banana Cake
The cake went into the centre of a pre-heated oven to bake at 180 degrees, and came out all ready after 85 minutes.

We allowed it to cool for what seemed like an eternity before slicing it up and devouring it.

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23 comments:

  1. Oh that does sound good- I love making banana loaf, and nothing was ever made worse by adding Nutella!

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  2. Ooh I love how the Nutella has merged with the cake, I may try this with a jar of chocolate spread.

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  3. That looks and sounds lovely... you might have a budding chief on your hands!!

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  4. Banana bread is one of our favorite cakes in The Mad House. I have never thought of adding nutella

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  5. Ahhh that looks absolutely amazing!!! Love it x

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  6. Looks delicious - and a lot of fun :-)

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  7. Nutella + banana + cake = 3 of my favourite things!

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  8. What a great idea! We love banana cake and nutella but never tried them together!

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  9. 85 min baking time? Wow, that's a long time... but it looks like it is worth it.

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    1. I think banana cakes take longer to bake as compared to plain sponges. Could be the extra moisture of the fruit. Or maybe I need a new oven :-D

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  10. not one for me but I think hubby would love it

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  11. I loveee recipes that I can involve my boys in helping and making. These look brilliant. x

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  12. Oh wow, that looks and sounds incredible.

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  13. This looks really tasty! Off to buy Nutella! x

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  14. mmmm actually made my mouth water! I love the way you have J helping too, would you consider linking your post to my Kids in the Kitchen Linky? x

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  15. Oh wow....bananas and Nutella. ..I'm sold! Yummy

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  16. Another yummy looking cake! Will have to try this too

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  17. My husband would love this.......pinned to my baking board

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  18. fantastic! It is great when a recipe doesn't quite go to plan but you still end up with something yummy. Popping over from Kids in the Kitchen linky x

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  19. Oh my that sounds very naughty but very nice too. Was it as lovely as it looks? Yummy!

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  20. Sounds like a great combination of ingredients and then end result looks very delicious!

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  21. Drooool! I was going to make chocolate banana loaf next week but my recipe doesn't have Nutella. It must have Nutella! Might be trying your recipe instead. I know Potato would love making and eating its!
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