Orange and Cinnamon Banana Bread

Hi everyone and welcome again to my baking blog. This time we shall be making some banana bread with a little twist, the addition of some orange rind and cinnamon as well as an orange icing. Of course if you wanted to just make a standard banana bread just minus the extra ingredients from your recipe.

I do like to pretend that due to this cake containing bananas it is super healthy 🙂 don’t take my word on that though!

So lets begin…


250g self-raising flour

250g caster sugar

250g soft margarine

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

4 eggs

2 ripe bananas

Rind of 1 orange

1-2tsp ground cinnamon, to taste


Approximately 100g icing sugar and enough orange juice to thicken (this is a variable recipe for icing, depending on whether you wish to cover the whole cake or just drizzle it on top).


Here’s the method…

Preheat the oven to 190 °C/gas mark 5 and line a large loaf tin/large square cake tin with greaseproof paper.

Combine sieved flour and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl and add the margarine, sugar and eggs. Using a electric hand mixer or wooden spoon beat the mixture until smooth (don’t overmix though!).


Next using a fork, mush the bananas up until fairly smooth and add this to the mixture.


Then grate the orange to remove the rind, if the orange pieces look too large chop these up into smaller pieces.


Add this and the ground cinnamon to the cake mixture and fold in carefully.


Add mixture into the prepared tin and cook for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Leave to cool on a wire rack and cut into slices/squares.


To make the icing, sieve icing sugar into a bowl and mix in the freshly squeezed orange juice until it reaches a thick silky consistency. This can be spread over the whole cake or drizzled onto individual slices.


I hope you enjoy 🙂


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