Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning
Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is taking place on September 28 and it is time to get started. We are definitely making these cute and delicious banana cupcakes. Overripe bananas are brilliant in this recipe – the browner the better. This recipe feeds a crowd. 24 regular size cupcakes!
We used our favourite Matthews Cotswold Flour to make our Banana Cake with Cream Cheese frosting. If you need any more inspiration to get into baking for Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, remember that Matthews Cotswold Flour is giving away 100 bags of Flour to get the locals of Chipping Norton baking this September. Although we used Sponge in this recipe, we have recipe ideas using the whole range of Matthews Cotswold Flours!
We love this recipe for its abundance. It makes 24 cupcakes! Here we dotted the top with walnuts and used them to raise funds for our favourite charity – the QEHB Charity Liver Foundation Appeal. The NHS is a special gift but can only do so much and this charity works to pick up the cost of “extras” for the hospital and patients.
Afternoon Tea Ideas
Banana Cake is an Afternoon Tea Treat. It is very different than the classic Victoria sponge but still light and fruity. Cut into “finger slices” it is just enough of a small treat to go with a cuppa. If you are looking for more afternoon tea ideas, try our Cornmeal Scones with Cinnamon Honey Butter as a Texas Twist on afternoon tea.
Matthews Cotswold Flour
We can’t get enough of Matthews Cotswold Flour. Luckily, we live close to their mill and we pop down every so often. On our last visit, we picked up a bag of sponge flour. This isn’t the same as self-rising flour – it is a heat treated plain flour. Both in Banana Cake and also in our Apple Donuts, we found this flour to give a dense texture which we preferred in these recipes.
This was our first ever entry into the #TwitterBakeAlong. Unfortunately, we submitted late but we still got plenty of likes! If you are watching The Great British Bakeoff, check out #GBBOTwitterBakeAlong where you can play along and win great prizes!
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- 125 grams butter to room temperature
- 200 grams caster sugar
- 50 grams light brown muscovado sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 200 grams soured cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 300 grams plain flour We used Matthews Cotswold Sponge Flour
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3-4 medium bananas overripe, mashed
- 25 grams butter melted
- 180 grams cream cheese Philadelphia, Full Fat
- 500 grams icing sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer
- cake tins Your choice - layer cake, tray bake or cupcakes
- Preheat oven to 180C fan.
- Choose and prepare cake tins.
- In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and two sugars until fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at time whilst keeping the mixer on medium speed.
- Add sour cream and vanilla extract.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, bicarb, salt.
- Turn mixer to low and slowly spoon in the flour mixture until it is complete incorporated into the batter.
- Turn off the mixer and gently fold in the mashed bananas.
- Gently pour into prepared cake tins.
- Bake. Bake time will vary based on cake tins sizes. When a toothpick or skewer comes out clean, they are done.
- In a stand mixer, with a paddle attachment and clean bowl, place the melted butter and cream cheese.
- Keeping mixer on low, add the vanilla extract.
- Add icing sugar, one tablespoon at a time to ensure no lumps until the frosting reaches your desired consistency.
- Cool frosting in the fridge whilst the cakes bake.
- Decorate cakes as required.
- Add 50g chopped sultanas, coconut, walnuts or pecans (or a combination) to the cake batter at the same time as the mashed bananas if desired.
- Decorate with whole or chopped nuts; banana chips or any other treats.
- Frosting can be piped for a more professional look to the finished cake.