1. Preheat the oven at 180C fan/200 C /350 F Gas 4.
2. Spray or grease an oven dish 9x5 in (loaf shape).
3. Peel and prepare the bananas. Pure them with the help of a fork. Set aside.
4. In a freestanding mixer whizz for 2-3 minutes the oil and the sugar adding the eggs one by one, the vanilla and the buttermilk. I sometimes just add rum only for a really nice and different flavour. I LOVE rum flavour, I really do.
5. In a larger bowl, sieve the flour. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and the salt. Add the baking powder and the soda bicarbonate that was mixed with the vinegar or the lemon juice. Mix all those and add to the sugar, oil/butter and egg mix. Whizz in the flour adding little by little and reduce the speed to very low so the flour will not get all puffed out of the bowl, but also we need the flour to get folded in gently until it all incorporates nicely.
6. Add the chopped and toasted walnuts and split the mixture into two parts.
7. Add 1 or 2 tbsp cacao to one part of the mixture and homogenize well. Optionally, add 2 tbsp coconut flakes the the other part and stir it in.
8. Pour the coconut part of the mixture into the greased tin and then pour the cacao one over or the other way around.
9. Place in the oven and bake at 190 C for about 50-60 minutes all depending on the oven but test with a toothpick and if this comes out clean, it is ready.
10. Take out of the oven and brush over the honey and cinnamon mix while this is still hot.
11. Allow to cool completely before taking out of the tin and slicing it.
12. Enjoy on its own or along with some creme fraiche which is slightly sour and gives it that perfect finish. It is perfectly okay to have on its own with a cuppa. It definitely has the wow factor!
~ Using a food processor, blitz the sugar andwalnuts together until the nuts are nice and fine. However this time, the cake gods were with me and the first recipe to pop up was this fairly simple yet gorgeous specimen from Nigella Lawson
Carrot andWalnutCake. Try pecans instead of walnuts for example and either wholemeal or white flour. This carrot cake is one of my favourites and sadly, I haven't baked it in some time thanks to general life-busyness