Once a banana is past its peak and gone black, then the only way I can eat it is in a cake! Cakes are simple to bake. Growing up my mum taught me basic recipes including the basic cake recipe of 4:4:4:2 – 4oz of margarine, sugar, self raising flour and 2 eggs! Simple to remember.

Baking cakes is always fun for children to!



  • 4oz (125g) margarine
  • 4oz (125g) brown sugar
  • 4oz (125g) self raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 black banana
  • handful of raspberries (or any other berry)

Heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius or gas mark 4.

Add all ingredients except berries into a bowel and mix (ideally with electric hand mix or blender). Once mixed, add berries.

Divide mixture into a greased muffin tin or paper cases.

Pop into oven for 10-15 minutes or until cake springs back when you press them.


Allow to cool for 10 minutes and then turn out on cooling rack and when coolish eat!


If you divide the mixture into 12 cakes then each muffin is about 170kcals, 9g fat and 12g sugar, so go easy if you are watching your weight!


I will be popping one into my kids packed lunch box tomorrow to sneak a little more fruit into their diet!