Banana and toffee cake

With great banana cake, comes great responsibility.
This cake is the kind of cake I would want to marry and then divorce just so I could re marry it again. If Cakegasm really existed this would hit the spot. I hear some of you cry "it does exist, it does" so help yourself. I am more than happy to be responsible for the cake that makes you go ooh.
Do not fear the quantity of ingredients. A little more time is needed but it is so easy and worthy of the time.

For the gooey toffee topping

  • 100g4oz butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 100g/4oz soft light brown sugar

For the sponge

  • 150g/5½oz butter
  • 175g/6oz soft light brown sugar
  • 4 medium free-range eggs
  • ½ vanilla pod, seeds only (or a couple of drops of vanilla extract)
  • 100g/3½oz self-raising flour
  • 75g/2½oz plain wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp treacle
  • handful pecan nuts (optional)
  • pinch salt
  • 4 small firm bananas
  • 1 tbsp calvados or apple sherry/cointreau (optional)


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