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Recipe for family meals :

Banana Cake

This recipes comes from Dancer and Graphic artist Martin James. Martin, who originally comes from New Zealand, is now living with his wife and children in Copenhagen as he is currently principal Dancer with The Royal Danish Ballet. You will be able to find out more about Martin when his Biography page is published.

Being so gifted it seems unfair that Martin should also be talented in the kitchen as well but he has agreed to share some of his recipes with us which is great news.


125g (4oz) butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons hot milk
2 cups plain baking flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Add mashed banana and mix thoroughly. Stir soda into hot milk and add to creamed mixture.
  • Sift flour and baking powder together, stir into mixture.
  • Turn onto a greased and lined 20cm (8 inch) round cake tin.
  • Bake at 180ºC (350ºF) for about 50 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched.
  • Leave in tin for 10 minutes befour turning out onto a cooling rack.


  • The mixture can be baked in 2 20cm (8 inch) round sandwich tins at 180ºC (350ºF) for 25 minutes.
  • When cold ice with chocolate or lemon icing (I prefer lemon), or dust with icing sugar.
  • The two cakes can be filled with whipped cream and sliced banana.
  • This comes out really moist and gets better over the next couple of days. Try it and see.

Makes 1 cake

Martin James