What sort of people would we be if we didn’t tell you how to make the Volvagia inspired banana traycake that ensured baker extraordinaire Fitsy Fitscat became the winner of the first ever Gamerbake? Heartless. Cruel. Pure evil. The list could go on and on.
Fortunately for you, we’re not any of those things. In fact, we’re the exact opposite. We love cake. We love cake more than life itself, and that alone means we simply have to tell you how to make the bake that blew our judge’s tastebuds into a million tiny fragments of sensory shrapnel.
Moist, fruity, and irresistibly sweet: if the One Ring was a cake, this’d be it.
125g butter or margarine
3/4 cup of sugar
2 cups mashed banana (roughly 2 bananas = 1 cup)
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp hot milk
1 cup plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
Bag (or two) of chocolate buttons
Margarine or butter
Cocoa powder (normal or sweetened is fine)
1. Start by heating your oven to 180 degrees, or 170 if you’re using a fan oven. It’s important to make sure the tray you want to use is in the middle of the oven so the cake cooks evenly.
2. Cream butter and sugar together until the mixture is smooth.
3. Add the eggs and continue to mix thoroughly.
4. Add the mashed bananas – we mashed 1 banana at a time on a plate using a fork – and mix.
5. In a mug or cup add the baking soda to the warm milk. It’s crucial that the milk is warm so the soda dissolves properly. Once the soda has dissolved, add it to the cake mix.
6. Sift the flour and baking powder in to the mix and fold together.
7. Pour into a lined cake tin, making sure the mix is sitting level.
8. Take the chocolate buttons and poke them into the mix vertically, adding as many as you like. The reason we added the buttons this way is because the cake takes a while to cook, which means the buttons will sink as the cake rises. If you add the buttons to the mix beforehand, they will all end up at the bottom of your cake.
9. Once you’re happy with your final mixture, chuck it in the oven and bake at 180 degrees for around 50min.
10. Make a cup of tea and put your feet up for a while. Watch an episode of Sharpe or something.
11. Once the cake looks done, check to see if it is cooked all the way through by putting a knife in the middle – if the knife comes out clean, it’s done. If not, stick it back in the oven for a few minutes.
12. After you’re sure the cake is cooked to perfection, allow it to settle in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring it to a cooling rack.
13. To make the butter cream icing, sift icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl, before adding margarine and mixing thoroughly. It’s a simple process that will vary depending on your individual tastes, so if it’s too buttery add more icing sugar, and if it tastes too sweet, add some more marg. You must always sift the icing sugar, otherwise your butter cream will turn lumpy.
14. Once you’re happy with the texture and taste of your butter cream, ice the cake in whatever way you see fit.
15. The only thing left to do is consume. Commence eating, you lucky so and so.