Saturday, 5 November 2011

Frosted Banana Bars

Still using up the damaged goods from the farm shop these bananas look rather brown and cannot remain on the shelves for sale so they got given to me.

Such a shame when beneath the outer layer is still a lovely white, firm banana.

So i looked for a recipe to use the bananas in and came across a lovely one in this "cakes and bakes" book by Hamlyn called Frosted Banana Bars.

For the Base

60z Butter (room temperature)

6oz Caster Sugar

3 Eggs (beaten)

8oz Self-Raising Flour

1 Tsp Baking Powder

2 Bananas (10oz) roughly mashed

For The Frosting

2oz Butter
1oz Cocoa Powder

8oz Icing Sugar

1-2 Tbsp Milk

Star Shaped Sprinkles


Cream the butter and sugar together. Gradually and alternatively mix in spoonfuls of beaten egg and flour until the mixture is smooth. Add the baking powder and mashed banana and mix well.

Spoon the mixture into a 7 x 11ins roasting tin lined with nonstick baking paper and smooth out the surface level. Bake at 180C/350F/gas mark 4 for 25-30 ins til well risen, golden and springs back when gently pressed with a fingertip. Leave to cool in the tin.

For the frosting, heat the butter in a small saucepan then stir in the cocoa powder. Remove from the heat and mix in the icing sugar. Return to the heat, stir til melted and add enough milk to mix to a smooth spreadable icing.

Pour the icing over the top of the cake and spread the surface level. Sprinkle the star shapes over and leave to cool and harden.

The recipe says cut into 16 but i cut into 8 so people got a lovely big slice!

Tasted lovely i can assure you so give it a go!


  1. Lisa - Just wanted to wish you all the very best in your new job. Am loving your leftovers challenges and will be following this strand closely. Good Luck! Ros

  2. Thank you so much Ros and so glad to see you here x