Vegan Chocolate Banana Cake | Vegan Bake Off

Hello everyone!
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have noticed my slight obsession with baking recently. I’ve always loved baking and even had my own cake company with a few friends when I was at school, but I hadn’t baked proper in years. In the house I live in now, I have my own space in the kitchen and free reign to cook and bake whatever I like. It’s glorious.
The Great British Bake Off has started again, so I’ve decided that I’m going to take part but veganised! Each week, I’ll post a recipe with the relevant theme.
First up, it was cake week so here’s my delicious chocolate banana cake!
-Recipe below-
Vegan Chocolate Banana Cake

For the cake:
215g Self-Raising Flour
70g Raw Cacao Powder
2 tsp Baking Powder
3 Ripe Bananas, Mashed (plus an extra one for decoration)
150ml Oat Milk (or any other plant milk)
200g Demerara Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
100ml Vegetable Oil (olive oil works or any other types)
For the icing:
110g Dairy-Free Butter
300g Icing Sugar
100g Raw Cacao Powder
1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
100ml Oat Milk (or any other plant milk, I’d imagine hazelnut milk would be great)

Extras:
1 Banana, Sliced
Tsp Icing Sugar (to sprinkle over cake)
Pre-heat the oven to 180c (gas mark 4)
Grease and line two 7” cake tins.
Cake:
1. In one bowl, sift the flour, cacao powder and baking powder together.
2. In a separate bowl, mix together the bananas, milk, sugar and vanilla essence with an electric hand whisk or mixer.
3. Add the oil and the banana mix to the dry ingredients and stir thoroughly (or whizz with the hand whisk).
4. Pour half of the mix into each of the cake tins.
5. Bake in the oven for about 20-30 minutes, checking it’s done by putting a skewer or clean knife into the cake. If it comes out clean, it is done. If it comes out with mixture on it, whack in back in the oven.


Icing:
1. Cream the butter in a big mixing bowl. 
2. Gradually sift and mix in the icing sugar and cacao powder. It will take a bit of elbow grease to get it going so don’t add all of it at once. 
3. Add the vanilla essence.
4. Slowly add the milk, adding small amounts at a time.
5. Keep staring until smooth. It sometimes helps to whisk it with an electric hand whisk once it’s all mixed. It gives it a bit of a lighter feel which makes it easier to spread.


Assembly:
1. Put one cake on a plate and apply a generous amount of icing. 
2. Place a ring of sliced banana around the edge of the top of the cake. This helps level out the cake as usually the middle rises and we could cut that off, but that’s a waste of cake!
3. Place second cake on top and cover with the remaining icing. Feel free to get fancy with it like I attempted(I really need to improve my piping skills…).
4. Place in the fridge to set the icing and then sieve over the teaspoon of icing sugar, or more if you like!
So there you have it! If you try to make this, I want to see the results! Use the hashtag #jodiejobakes and I’ll check it out!
Next week(well, tomorrow) is biscuit week so stay tuned for what I bake!

I’d be interested in doing some videos of baking/cooking etc. If you think that would be a good idea, let me know!
Also, I think Blogger is being a bit glitchy, so this post may seem a bit different or look weird compared to my other posts…
Oodles of love…

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