Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting – Simply (really) Delicious

Alida Ryder has created, manuscripted, cooked, baked and PUBLISHED a cook book. I have been following her blog for years, so as soon as I got my hungry little hands on a copy, I made this. And then I ate it. And then I made it again yesterday. No you can’t have any – make your own in five quick steps. It really is so easy to follow and will impress the socks off your family.
How to make it: 2 eggs, 5ml vanilla extract, 200ml buttermilk, 100g sugar, 240g cake flour, 5ml bicarbonate of soda, 5ml baking powder, pinch of salt, 100g butter, room temperature, 225g (4 large) banana, mashed

For the frosting: 400g icing sugar, sifted, 50g butter, room temperature , 75g smooth peanut butter, 15ml milk, handful chopped pecans

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a 25-30cm cake tin.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat for 2 minutes until the mixture is smooth and thick.
  3. Pour into a well-greased cake tin and bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  4. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning it out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. For the icing, cream the butter and peanut butter together until pale and fluffy. Add the sifted Icing sugar and beat until incorporated. If necessary, thin out with some of the milk. Spread liberally over the cake and top with the chopped Pecans
Last week Claire and I went to the launch for Simple & Delicious at the Cape Quarter. Fairview sponsored the wine and cheese (I have spoken many times about my real, true love for all things Fairview) and the book is published by Penguin. I hate a lot of Apricot cheese and drank a fair share of Fairview Riesling (my best) and got to hang out with the beautiful Alida for a little bit. She is so charming and funny, really. I loved how honest she was in her interview, everyone laughed buckets and bundles. Thanks so much for the invitation and thank you for being such a real inspiration in the kitchen friend. Mostly, thank you for making me better at cooking / baking love-filled meals for my boys. Her book is available in all good bookstores and online now via Yuppie Chef, Kalahari, Take Alot, Exclus1ves and Loot. Also, look at her blog for a quick “What the heck am I going to make for dinner” fix.