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Train Birthday Cake

28 Jan


I had great fun making this cake for my son’s first birthday.  I cake I used was my Dads Banana cake recipe and also the Chocolate Guiness cake.  The design came from the 1970’s Womans Weekly Birthday book.  This train cake is on the front cover.  If you are a kiwi kid of the 80’s you will know what I am talking about.

Banana Birthday Cake

26 Oct

A very special young lady named Frieda turned 2 recently and I was very lucky to be able to make her a birthday cake.  It was a green number two with some wild animals on top.  I used my Dad’s banana cake recipe for the cake.  It is very easy to whip up and is always a crowd pleaser.


125g butter, softened

¾ cup sugar

2 eggs

2 cups mashed banana (about 4 bananas)

1 tsp baking soda

2 Tbsp hot milk

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

Oven:  Preheat to 180.C


Cream butter and sugar until pale in colour, light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add mashed banana and mix thoroughly.  Stir soda into hot milk (which I just heat up in the microwave) and add to creamed mixture. Sift flour and baking powder.  Fold into mixture. Place mixture into cake tin.

Bake for 45 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched.  Leave uniced or ice with Chocolate, lemon or passionfruit icing.

Lemon icing:

  • Knob of butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar (approx)
  • citrus juice
  • grated Citrus rind (the yellow flecks look pretty in the icing)

Mix together until it forms a smooth icing.  If you want a thick layer of icing you will need to add more icing sugar.  Do not be afraid to add more juice if it is too thick or more icing sugar if too watery.


A great way to use up those old bananas in the fruit bowl.  I just throw them straight into the freezer when they start to be past their best.  They do go black when they are frozen but don’t worry they are perfectly fine.  Just leave them on a plate to defrost and squeeze them out of the skin when you need them.

My Dad is well known for his banana cake.  He would make it often, and everybody loves it.  Thanks Dad.

Adapted from: My Dad