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Vegan Banana and Lime Cake

Introduction & method

While I wouldn't ever volunteer to adopt a Vegan diet / lifestyle (or even vegetarian, come to that), it is possible to make some pretty good food without using animal products. This unctuous eggless banana cake with a zing of lime is one of those things. Yum!

Vegan Banana and Lime Cake Recipe

Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F).

Make the batter

Mix the flour and sugar together (if you can't get self-raising flour, use plain, all-purpose flour with 1½ teaspoons baking powder). Remove the zest from the lime and squeeze out all the juice.

In a separate bowl, break the bananas into chunks and mash with a fork until you get a fairly smooth paste. Add the oil, lime zest and juice, and stir together. Empty this bowl into the flour and sugar mix and stir well.

Grease a loaf tin with oil and pour in the batter. Bake for 40-50 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a skewer into the centre of the cake. If it comes out dry, the cake is cooked. Tip out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Make the buttercream icing

Cream together the sugar and margarine until you have a smooth paste. Stir in the juice and zest of a lime (save 1 slice of lime for decoration if you wish.)

Finish the banana and lime cake

When the cake has cooled, spread a smooth layer of buttercream on the top. You can eat the cake straight away, or leave it in the fridge for half an hour for the buttercream to set.

The video above is from the Keef Cooks YouTube channel. Click here to see the video recipe of Vegan Banana and Lime Cake on YouTube.


Ingredients & Info

 250 grams self-raising flour
 200 grams sugar
 4 ripe bananass
 4 tbsp vegetable oil
 1 lime (juice and zest)
 180 grams caster sugar
 60 grams margarine
 1 lime (juice and zest)

US Customary/Imperial

Makes 1 cake
Prep time: 10 minutes.
Cooling time time: 30 minutes.
Cooking time: 40 minutes.
Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes.