Banana Chocolate Cake And The Blooming Great Tea Party

Most of us know someone who has had cancer, and thankfully many people who have cancer go on to live until old age these days. Unfortunately, some don't. Marie Curie, the charity offers support and care for those with cancer but did you know they offer care for any terminal illness too? 

This year on the 23rd to 25th of June they are encouraging family and friends to hold a fundraising 'Blooming Great Tea Party'. It's easy, fun and a great thing to do. All you have to do is pick a date, invite some friends, bake some cakes and watch the donations roll in.

Will you make a classic Victoria sandwich or a red velvet cake, or what about my chocolate and Caramac roulade or my classic Bakewell tart.

For some inspiration check out the recipes on the Marie Curie website by award-winning food blogger Suzy Pelta. I tried out the banana and chocolate cake with a peanut butter frosting below and found it was so easy to make. You can even use some great food processors for making your own nut butter to add in if you are dairy-free.

If you want a fundraising pack, it's free and available on the Marie Curie website.

Banana and chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting

Ingredients for the cake

3 medium bananas
120g butter
100g dark chocolate
2 large eggs
160g light brown sugar
Pinch of salt
150g self-raising flour plus 1 tablespoon extra

Ingredients for the icing

150g smooth peanut butter
225g cream cheese
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
300g icing sugar (sifted)
A few drops of whole milk
Flake bars to decorate


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°
  2. Grease a 20cm deep round tin and dust with flour
  3. Mash the bananas in a mixing bowl and add one tablespoon of flour
  4. Melt the butter in a saucepan
  5. Add the chocolate and take off the heat. Stir until melted
  6. Add the warm mixture to the bananas and combine
  7. Beat the eggs and add to the bowl along with sugar and salt, and mix
  8. Add the flour a third at a time. Stop stirring as soon as the mixture comes together
  9. Pour the mixture into your tin and bake for 45 - 55 mins (depending on your oven)
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool
Don't worry if the cake cracks as your icing will hide it.
Method for icing

  1. Once the cake is cooled, you can add the icing. You can also make the icing in advance and store in the fridge until needed.
  2. Mix the peanut butter, cream cheese, vanilla and half of the icing sugar - ensure you stir by hand
  3. Once mixed, add the remaining icing sugar a third at a time, along with a drop of whole milk
  4. Add more peanut butter to taste
  5. Mix until the icing sticks to the spoon but could be easily spread.
  6. Using a palette knife, spread the icing across your cake. Decorate with crushed Flakes.
Now I must admit, the frosting was very soft when I made it and there was a lot of it, so if I made it again I would chill the mixture for a good 8 hours and make a third less of it. 

What I liked about this cake is that it is moist and sweet but surprising not too rich.

So if you like the idea of raising money for Marie Curie, check out the Blooming great Tea Party page, send off for the free money-raising pack and happy cooking!

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  1. Ohhhh that looks amazing! I've got some bananas that need using up, I might have to make use of them for this <3

  2. Oh yum! This sounds amazing! I love banana cake as do my children. Never thought to use peanut butter frosting though! May have to give this a whirl, thank you for sharing. xx

  3. You can't go wrong with banana and chocolate cake with a peanut butter frosting - wow! And great fund raising event by Marie Curie. R

  4. Ooh this looks gorgeous! Banana and Chocolate are always a good combination! Love that its for such a good cause too x

  5. Thank you for making my cake and for promoting The Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie x

    1. Thank you Suzy for helping promote The Blooming Great Tea Party too.

  6. Ooo I've never heard of a banana and chocolate cake. Looks amazing, such a good cause too. Hope all those there enjoy it xx

  7. ooooh that sounds absolutely lovely! Banana and chocolate are such a fab combination

  8. I made a banana cake yesterday, but without topping and that is what's really intriguing me here - look at how delicious it looks! Wish I had it for breakfast now, aha xx

  9. Can't go wrong with bananas and chocolate in cake, looks so moist and appetising!

  10. This cake looks AMAZINGGGGG! I really want a slice now!! x

  11. That looks completely naughty but so nice. Lovely way to raise money.

  12. Sounds delicious.
    Send some over please :)

  13. That cake looks amazing, and I love the sound of the frosting. I think I'd have to make extra so I could scrape the bowl afterwards ;-)