Day 14: Fab Feb Photo Challange

Yesterday Squidge and I planned on doing some baking. It had been ages since we’d baked and Squidge was very excited. We ended up having a surprise visit from friends which was perfect as I could send half of everything home with them. We made oatmeal craisin cookies which were very nom, sorry no photos. We also made Banana Lemon Cake and as nod to Valentines Day I added some red food gel. This was a mistake. It tasted good but we really do eat with our eyes and the Pepto Bismol cake just looked wrong.

250g plain flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
115g butter, room temp
200g granulated sugar
115g soft light brown sugar, firmly packed
2 eggs
1/2 tsp grated lemon rind
3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1tsp vanilla paste
50 ml milk
75g walnuts

115g butter, room temp
475g icing sugar
3-5 tbs fresh lemon juice

1. Preheat oven 180°C, grease 2, 9 inch cake tins.
2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt.
3. Cream the butter w/ the sugars until light & fluffy, beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the lemon rind.
4. In a small bowl mash the bananas with the vanilla and milk. Add the banana mixture w/ the dry ingredients then slowly add to the creamed butter. Fold in the nuts.
5. Divide the batter between the two pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Leave for 5 minutes then remove from tins and continue cooling on a wire wrack.
6. While cake is cooling made the frosting. Cream the butter until smooth. Slowly add in the sugar. Stir in the lemon rind and the juice.
7. This is a layer cake, take some of the frosting and ice the bottom layer, place the other cake on top and ice the entire cake.

Day 15: Fab Feb Photo Challange

Some of the things I’d do differently; make a thin runny icing a glaze the cake. I found the icing to be too much. Because of this I would bake the cake in a bundt pan or a taller cake tin at a lower heat. Keep the icing au natural! Just say no to dayglo cakes!


  1. KelloggsVille
    February 16, 2012 /

    Made a green one once, did the sae thing to me. Nice knife x

    • Lindy
      February 20, 2012 /

      so funny how much the visual affects how it tastes!