> The Beesley Buzz: Dan's Fair Trade Banana Cake made for the BIG FAIR BAKE!

Dan's Fair Trade Banana Cake made for the BIG FAIR BAKE!

Our very own chef in the family, 6 year old Daniel, has a fab recipe for using up any browning bananas and when we spotted the opportunity to join in with the Big Fair Bake raising awareness of the importance of buying Fairtrade, Daniel knew just what to do!

We always buy fairtrade bananas and we think it is great that some supermarkets offer only fairtrade bananas. A pet hate of mine is food going to waste. When there are 300 million children going hungry around the world, the least we can do is appreciate what we have and not throw it away.

Buying Fairtrade helps to address some of the problems related to poverty as farmers get a better deal by getting a fair price for their produce and often have enough for investment into schools, healthcare and water supply in some of the poorest communities around the world.

Buying fairtrade chocolate also helps reduce the number of children being traffiked and used as slaves in cocoa growing areas as cocoa farmers producing fairly traded cocoa will often have schools set up for children to attend instead of working in conditions that would be dangerous to children.

Dan's Fair Bake Banana Cake is really simple and quick and makes a very tasty banana cake.

2-3 browning fairtrade bananas (Sainbury's and Waitrose have made the decision to stock only Fairtrade bananas as far as I am aware - which gets a big thumbs up from us!)
2 eggs
150g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
60g butter (plus a little extra for greasing the tin)
110g fair trade caster sugar
Splash of milk

Variation: Reducing the amount of sugar a little (as bananas are nice and sweet anyway) and adding a handful of oats helps make this a healthier recipe.

1. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a loaf shaped tin.
2. Mash the bananas with a fork.
3. Then combine the mashed bananas with all of the other ingredients (I said it was a nice easy recipe). Either mix well by hand or you can use an electric mixer if you have one.
4. If the mixture is looking too thick, add a little splash of milk. It needs to look dollopy (not too runny and not too thick).
5. Pour it into the tin and bake it in the oven for 30-40 minutes (you can check with a skewer to see if it is cooked properly all the way through).

Daniel really took the lead in the kitchen and worked so independently - I was very impressed!

For more information on fairtrade:

Happy Baking!


  1. Hi, just wanted to say thanks for visitng my blog! I approve of your 6 year old son as I have a 5 year old boy called Daniel, my youngest and he is great. He loves chocolate but would eat banana cake if I add chocolate chips to it. This is a great recipe for kids :)

    1. thanks Laura. Daniel is a great name isn't it! (he nearly was called something very different but that is another whole story). Glad you like the recipe - I can only do 'easy' recipes so this one is great for me and Dan x

  2. Wow, that looks brilliant! Well done him for getting stuck in - must get my girls working in the kitchen...!

    1. Thanks Steph. If you knew Daniel, you would realise that it is actually trickier to keep him OUT of the kitchen. Since he was only two or three years old, he has loved cookery and food - I just feel very inadequate trying to teach him anything because I am totally pants at cookery. x

  3. Now THAT sounds yummy and what a cutie Daniel is :) x

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    1. thanks theminimesandme. Yes it was delicious! (to be honest it didn't look great once out the tin but as long as it tastes good that's the main thing eh?) x


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