Banana, Chocolate & Salted Caramel Liqueur Cake

Banana cake is a super comfort food, but this one is grown-up comfort food. The fact that it is so easy to make in the blender, also makes it a winner. The cake lasts for days (if you can resist it for that long!), stays moist and it is really hard to mess up. 

It can also work as an Easter Treat - you can dress it up or just enjoy it naked.

 

Ingredients

  1. 200g plain flour

  2. 200g soft brown sugar

  3. 50g softened butter

  4. 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

  5. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  6. 1 egg

  7. 3 ripe bananas

  8. 100g of pecans

  9. 2 shots of Gecko Caramel Liqueur

  10. 1 teaspoon of salted caramel flavour

 

Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C.

  2. Use a baking loaf tin and either use a liner and grease it with butter or heavily grease the tin itself. 

  3. Mash the bananas and pecans in the blender - keep a few pecans to top the cake.

  4. Add all of the remaining ingredients and whiz for 30 seconds. Pause and use a knife to go around the edges of the blender and then whiz again to ensure it is fully blended.

  5. Pour the mixture into the tin - place the additional pecans on the top.

  6. Bake for 40 minutes and then check. If the top is starting to burn, then cover with foil and return for the remaining 10 minutes.

  7. Check it is baked by inserting a sharp knife - it’s cooked when it comes out cleanly.

  8. Cool for about an hour before preparing the drizzle.

  9. Place the butter, sugar, liqueur and caramel flavour in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Stir continuously. The mixture needs to thicken for about five minutes, then take it off the heat.

  10. Keep stirring as it cools until it is the thickness of caramel. Before pouring over cake, piece the top of the cake with a sharp knife several times and then drizzle it all over the cake.

Serves 8 

Preparation time:10 minutes  

Cooking Time: 50 minutes

Drizzle

  1. 4 tablespoons of soft brown sugar

  2. 50g of butter

  3. 3 tablespoons of Gecko Caramel Liqueur

  4. 1 teaspoon of salted caramel flavour - found in the baking aisle of your supermarket