Banana bread with passionfruit icing

What could be better than a big slice of banana bread? One covered in passionfruit icing, of course!

  • 1 hr 15 mins cooking
  • Serves 12
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Banana bread
  • 150 grams (5oz) butter, melted
  • ½ cup (110g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (90g) golden syrup
  • 2 eggs, beaten lightly
  • 1 cup (300g) mashed banana (see tips)
  • 1½ cups (225g) self-raising flour
  • ½ cup (75g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup (125ml) milk
Passionfruit icing
  • 1½ cups (240g) icing (confectioners') sugar
  • 1 teaspoon softened butter
  • ¼ cup (60ml) passionfruit pulp


Banana bread
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 160°C/325°F. Grease a 13cm x 24cm (4½in x 8½in) loaf pan (top measurement), (2 litre/8-cup); line base and long sides with baking paper, extending the paper 5cm (2in) over the sides.
  • 2
    Beat butter, sugar, syrup, egg and banana in a medium bowl until combined. Fold in sifted flours, then stir in vanilla paste, cinnamon and milk until well combined. Spoon mixture into pan; smooth the surface.
  • 3
    Bake for 1 hour (cover loosely with foil if it starts to overbrown) or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave cake in pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, make passionfruit icing.
  • 5
    Spread cold cake with icing.
Passionfruit icing
  • 6
    Place sifted sugar, butter and pulp in a small heatproof bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water (make sure the base of the bowl doesn't touch the water); stir for 1 minute, or until icing is spreadable.


You will need 2 large (460g) overripe bananas for this recipe. Store cake in an airtight container for up to 3 days. The cake without the icing can be frozen for up to 1 month.

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