Souper-baby #3 – First first birthday cake

Souper-baby was 1 year old on the 7th June.  She was lucky enough to have two birthday parties (home and away) as we had a visit to my parents’ house in Scotland around that time.  Clearly, this meant two cakes.  Being a rather greedy little thing, this was excellent news.  She had not yet encountered cake so the whole experience went down very well!

Neither cake was made by me but I have permission to share the recipes with you.  This, the first of the cakes, is a banana and blueberry number and was made by souper-husband.  It was most excellent, although I can’t say the same about his decorating skills.  Birthday Happy?!  Never mind.

birthday cake 1

Ingredients:

4 oz porridge oats

5 oz wholemeal flour

4 oz plain flour

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

3 tsp cinnamon

good pinch of salt (the amount in each portion will be really tiny)

6 medium ripe bananas, peeled and mashed

4 fl oz unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup blueberries, chopped

4 eggs, beaten well

1 litre carton apple juice

100g cream cheese (for “icing”)

Instructions:

Put the apple juice into a sauce pan and bring to the boil.  Continue to boil until it has reduced to around 1 cupful.

Preheat the oven to 175 deg C and grease a 9 inch cake tin.

Put the dry ingredients (oats, flour, baking powder/soda, cinnamon and salt) into a large bowl and mix them together.

Add the bananas, butter, blueberries, eggs and 3/4 of the apple juice rest of the ingredients and stir well until thoroughly combined.

Put aside the remaining concentrated apple juice for the “icing”.

Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 50 minutes until a sharp knife inserted into the centre comes out clean.

birthday cake1.1

Cool in the tin for 20 mins, then turn out on a wire rack to cool completely.  The cake will keep like this in a tin for a few days.

If you want icing, I suggest adding it right before serving as it won’t keep long with the cream cheese topping.  Mix the cream cheese with the concentrated apple juice and spread over the cake, then decorate as you wish.  You can even get crazy with the order you put the words in if you feel that way inclined…..

Recipe adapted from this site.

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