Slow Cooker Spiced Banana Bread
With the overindulgence of Christmas almost upon us, I thought a simple banana bread would be in order, with some added spice. Time for my slow cooker spiced banana bread!
This one was made in my slow cooker but could equally be made in the oven of course. The benefit of using the slow cooker is that the cake stays really moist, and can be left for a couple of hours while you do other things. In my case, I did some Christmas wrapping with cinnamon, ginger and all spice wafting in my direction. Perfect!
I found the mini gingerbread man sprinkles in Sainsburys, my kids loved them and they top this off perfectly. The icing is cream cheese icing, which I made using this recipe from The Pink Whisk. I made half the amount stated to top this cake.
- 115 g butter softened
- 170 g caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 ripe bananas mashed
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 300 g plain flour
- A pinch of salt
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- Gingerbread man sprinkles to top the cake
Grease and line your slow cooker with a large cake case (available from pound shops etc). I made this cake in my round 3.5 litre slow cooker.
In a large bowl, cream the butter together with the sugar, and then break in the eggs and beat well.
Stir in the mashed banana.
Add the spices, flour, baking powder and salt. Stir till well combined but try not to overmix.
Put the mixture into the lined slow cooker pot.
Cook on high for approximately 1.5 hours or until a skewer or cake tester come out clean.
Turn the slow cooker off, and remove the pot from the metal part carefully. Allow the pot to cool and then turn the cake out, and let it cool completely on a rack.
Make up the cream cheese frosting as described in the link above, then use a spatula to spread it on top of the banana bread. Sprinkle on the gingerbread men and enjoy with a festive hot chocolate or mulled cider!
- Recipe I used for the cream cheese frosting, from The Pink Whisk
For more festive baking ideas why not check out this gingerbread cake with marhsmallow frosting from Penne for Your Thoughts which I bet tastes amazing, or these gorgeous whisky and ginger bundtlettes from The Crafty Larder. I would also love a slice of this chocolate mincemeat tart from Farmersgirl Kitchen.
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