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Two lots of cake from one recipe: Banana & Walnut Cake and Banana & Bran Flake Muffins

I have put these two recipes on here at different times and I discovered the other day that, with only a little tweaking, you can make two different cakes from one recipe.  Greengrocers are often left with over-ripe bananas that people don’t want to eat and they will often sell them to you very cheaply and the over-ripe ones are ideal for these recipes.


2 x large mixing bowls
1 x food mixer
1 x stick blender or masher
2 x cake tins – greased and floured
6 x paper muffin cases

8oz / 240g butter
8oz / 240g dark brown sugar
2 tablspn honey
4 eggs
2 good sized, very ripe bananas – pureed or well mashed
10oz / 300g wholemeal self-raising flour
1tsp baking powder
4oz / 120g walnuts – chopped
1 good handful of Branf Flakes – the bits left at the bottom of the packet are ideal for this

Pre-heat the oven to 180 / 350 / 4
Cream the butter and sugar until it is light brown and fluffy
Beat in the honey
Beat in the eggs
Beat in the mashed bananas
Fold in the flour and  baking powder
Divide the mixture in half and put the other half into another mixing bowl
To one half, add the walnuts and mix well
Divide  this mixture between the two tins
Bake for about 30 minutes until the tops are golden and a knife comes out of the cake cleanly.
Turn the cakes out onto a wire rack to cool
When completely cold, spread mock cream onto one of the cakes and sandwich  together.
To the other half, add the Bran Flakes and mix well
Divide the mixture between the paper cases
Bake for about 20 minutes until well risen and nicely browned


1 x medium mixing bowl
1 x hand mixer

3oz / 90g butter
3oz / 90g icing sugar (approx, you may like a little more – taste it and see)
1 tblspn white flour
1 tblspn milk
1 tsp vanilla essence

Beat the butter, icing sugar and flour together until they form a thick paste
Add the vanilla
Gradually add the milk until it reaches the consistency you want.
*Remember that buttery fillings thicken up after a few hours

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