Trex Banana Cake

Slice of banana cake decorated with cream icing, banana chips and pieces of apricot
Credit: Trex

Two of your five a day in a rich, moist sponge topped with zingy lemon icing – what could be better with a relaxing cup of tea!

Preparation time: 25min (including frosting)

Cooking time: 1hr

Serves 10

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan oven 160°C, Gas Mark 4. Grease and line the base of a 20cm (8in) cake tin.
  2. Sift flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the Trex and rub it in with your fingertips until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
  3. Beat the eggs and vanilla extract together. Add them to the cake mixture with the mashed bananas and apricots. Stir everything together until combined. The mixture should have a soft, dropping consistency, so when you lift up a generous spoonful from the bowl, it will drop off in a moment or two. If the mixture is too stiff, stir in 1-2tbsp milk.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin and level the surface. Bake for 55min-1 hour. To test that the banana cake is cooked, insert a fine skewer into the centre. If it comes out clean, it is cooked. If not, bake for a little longer.
  5. Stand the cooked cake on a wire rack and cool completely in the tin. When cool, remove the lining paper.
  6. Beat together the butter, icing sugar and lemon zest. Add the cream cheese and mix it in thoroughly. Spread the frosting over the top of the banana cake and decorate with banana chips and chopped apricots.