Baking, Edible gifts, Something fruity, Something sweet

Chocolate fruit & nut cake

Something chocolatey for Easter, always love fruit & nut chocolate so I decided to make a cake version with overripe bananas in it too to give it extra flavor and keep it moist. This would be great to make with kids as it’s quick & easy.

So what do you need?

  • 150g softened unsalted butter
  • 100g soft brown sugar
  • 1tsp. vanilla essence
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 3 overripe bananas
  • 225g plain (all purpose flour)
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 3tsp baking powder
  • 75g walnuts (or nuts of your choice)
  • 75g raisins
  • 150g chocolate chips
  • 4 tbsp. milk

So what do you do?

Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees C / 350 F. Put the butter, sugar and vanilla essence in a food processor and blend together, then add the eggs and mix in, next add the bananas and blend everything together. Soft the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder and add this and mix everything together. If your cake mix seems very stiff add some milk Lo loosen it up a bit, I added 4 tbsp. then break up the walnuts a bit and add these, the raisins and 100g of the chocolate chips and stir them in by hand. Grease and line a baking tray mine is 26 cm square and about 3 cm deep. Pour in the cake mixture and spread it out evenly and the sprinkle the remaining choc chips on top and bake for 30 mins. Allow to cool in the tray for at least 5 mins. You can dust the top with cocoa and / or icing sugar. Slice into squares and enjoy. Perfect served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream and caramel sauce!

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