Banana Bread with Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing

For office birthdays at my workplace, it is customary for each ‘team’ to supply the birthday goodies for their own team members. Usually £1 per person goes towards some store-bought goods, or every now and then someone bakes. I baked.

The girl whose birthday it was is also a good friend of mine and as she is also on the other side of the world to most of her family and friends who may normally bake for, I thought it would be nice for to have something a little more than a Tesco’s value range cake.

I have made this cake (technically called a ‘bread’ but it was for a birthday, so I’m sticking with ‘cake’…) for a colleague/good friend once before and after the celebrations, I overheard it being described as ‘sex cake’. This pleased me.

This recipe is a blend of a few different ones I have found over the years, plus my own additions and amendments. It is the first time I have ever written in down in full, so before now, it has never turned out quite the same every time. But it has always been delicious!

This is the first time I have used almond milk in the recipe and I used it purely because it’s all I had in the fridge. Feel free to substitute this for any other non-dairy or dairy milk if you prefer.

Banana and Apple Sauce Bread

You Will Need:
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup apple sauce
1 large egg
2 tablespoons almond milk
¾ cup brown sugar
3 bananas, mashed
1 cup plain flour
1 ¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¾ cup oats

You Will Need to:
1. Preheat oven to 175°C.
2. Lightly grease medium loaf tin.
3. In a large mixing bowl, beat  butter, apple sauce, egg, almond milk and brown sugar until smooth.
4. Add bananas and mix well.
5. In a separate bowl, sift flour and then add baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Stir until combined.
6. Add oats and mix well.
7. Gradually add dry mixture to wet mixture, stirring well after each addition.
8. Pour batter into loaf tin and bake for 35-40 minutes or until skewer comes out clean and top of cake springs back when lightly pressed.
9. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing

You Will Need:
1 200g tub cream cheese
¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups icing sugar
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla essence

You Will Need to:
1. In a medium bowl, mix butter and cream cheese until smooth.
2. Mix in vanilla.
3. Gradually add icing sugar, stirring well after each addition.
4. Allow to thicken in refrigerator before spreading on cool cake.

The cake was iced at work, just before serving, so unfortunately I don’t have a picture of it completed. There was a tad too much icing, so next time I might halve the recipe.

I didn’t hear it described as ‘sex-cake’ this time but save for the half of the office that are on post Ischgl trip diets (pft!) it did go down pretty well.

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