If you watched the Great British Bake Off for Sports Relief you will have seen one of the technical challenges was for all the contestants to make Mary Berry’s Banana and Chocolate Loaf cake. Surprisingly, for such a simple cake, it was one of the most disastrous challenges I think I’ve ever seen!  However, I was inspired to give it a go, convinced that I could make a better job of it – and I did!

Mary Berry

Banana and Chocolate loaf

I always seem to have overripe bananas in the fruit bowl, so any recipe that uses up squishy bananas is going to be a hit with me – and this one was truly delicious. This may be because I melted a Lindt Teddy Bear to drizzle over the top but I’m sure any sort of chocolate would be equally yummy!

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Preheat the oven 160C/325F/Gas 3. Grease and line a 1lb loaf tin with non-stick baking paper

Mash the peeled banana in a large bowl. Add remaining cake ingredients (except chocolate chips) and beat with an electric hand whisk until combined.

Stir in chocolate chips and spoon mixture into tin

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until well risen & golden-brown.

Allow to cool then drizzle with melted chocolate

(NB. Quantities can easily be doubled to make a 2lb loaf – my 2lb cake took and extra 5-10 minutes to bake)

As with all our cake recipes, if you do decide to give it a try, we’d love it if you came back and left a comment as to how you got on. Happy baking!