There is nothing I like better than a challenge so I was thrilled to hear from Nik who wanted something unique. He told me he worked for a company called nike. ‘Ah yes, I’ve heard of them’, I replied. He wanted a bespoke event created that would stimulate some great brainstorming. This gave me the chance to create some fab edible trainers (Nike obvs), football kits and world cups. They would use the cakes instead of a mood board and then pitch their concept. The themes they were given were; ‘Woman’s World Cup’, ‘London Marathon’ & ‘Nike Air’. Let’s just say that some of the deliveries were more successful than others and the stand out pitch was not for the winning presentation. But the first pic below shows the winning teams brilliantly executed design. They showed great focus and team work as well as an impressive technical ability with the actual piping and decorating. For me there design stood out as cohesive and well realised. The girls were thrilled with their prizes of Cookie Girl cake decorating kits.
This banana cake is absolutely delicious and it contains no wheat, dairy, sugar or eggs. As you can see mine caught slightly on top but that added to it weirdly!
8 Medjool dates, 6 very ripe bananas, 120mls sunflower oil, 120mls date syrup, 100g roughly chopped walnuts, 100g coconut flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
Bring the dates to the boil in enough water to cover. Turn them down to a simmer for around 20 mins until very soft. Remove the stones and mash along with the bananas. Beat in the pil and date syrup. Add the baking powder and xantham gum to the coconut flour. Fold in the walnuts followed by the coconut flour. Tip the mixture into a loaf tin and bake at 170 degrees for between 50 and 80mins (depending on how hot your oven is, they all vary!) and take it out when a skewer or knife comes out clean.
Allow to cool or not, I like all my cake straight from the oven!
BTW I haven't cheated and sprinkled icing sugar on top that's actually coconut flour.