This recipe is the result of not being able to concentrate on my work and deciding I may as well do something else; like bake a cake. Maybe I was inspired by watching the Bake Off last night (their cheesecakes were amazing!). I didn’t want to bake anything too complicated but remembered they made Madeira cakes a couple of weeks ago, so this is my adaption of a basic Madeira cake recipe. We had a ripe banana and some blueberries that needed using, so I added these to the mix as well as some walnuts (I only added a few walnuts, you can add more or less depending on how much you like them!).To make the cake you will need:
5oz / 125g butter
5oz / 125g caster sugar
8oz / 200g self-raising flour
1 ripe banana
handful of blueberries
handful of chopped walnuts
Heat the oven to 170C / 325 F / Gas Mark 3
Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs with some of the flour, then fold in the remaining flour.
Mash the banana and stir into the mixture. Then add the blueberries and chopped walnuts.
Place into a greased 22x11cm tin (approx. 8.5 x 4.25 inch), or a 18 – 20cm round tin (approx. 7 inch).
Bake for 55 mins – 1 hour, or until golden brown and when a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Leave to cool for 10 – 15 mins before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.