Bananaman – Banana Cake

This is an homage to all thing BANANA!

Remember this from the 80s….”this is 29 Acacia road, and this is Eric, a schoolboy who lives an amazing double life. Because when Eric eats a banana, an amazing transformation occurs. Eric is Bananaman, ever alert for the call to action.” It had hilarious voice overs from Bill Oddie and the dulcet tones of Graeme Garden; not to mention the crazy banana suit with banana shoes and a banana cape.

But my new favourite Banana Man is the one from Adventure Time – actually made out of Banana.  He unfortunately seems to be at the centre of Jake the Dog’s death premonition. Finn and Jake terrorize the poor banana man who just wants to do his aerobics and finish his spaceship.

I had to also include this – from That Mitchell & Webb look – the first time I watched it – I laughed until banana came out of my nose and I was crying yellow tears.

Can you stomach any more banana fun? What about minion banana madness?  This is my husband’s favourite. Minion obsessive banana compulsive behaviour.

Banana Cake Recipe

Bananaman bananacakeIngredients

  • 100g butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 75g dark brown sugar
  • 225g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp dark rum (Appleton)
  • 2 overripe bananas (3 if small ones) – roughly mashed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 50g chopped walnuts
  • 100g raisins
  • 3 eggs
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C / Gas 4.
  2. Butter and line a loaf pan.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until light.
  4. Add in the eggs with a tablespoon of the flour and whisk for a few minutes.
  5. Add in the bananas, rum, walnuts and raisins.
  6. Sift in the dry ingredients and fold together.
  7. Pour into the loaf pan.
  8. Pop in the oven for 60 minutes until golden and a sharp knife comes out cleanly.

Banana and walnut cake

I also intend buying these two great looking banana-books. Banana! by Ed Vere – about two monkeys fighting over a banana.

Ed Vere Banana

And also this book of  poetic and rhyming fun from Michael Rosen and my favourite illustrator, Quentin Blake.

Bananas in my ears


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