2 tsp Sunflower Oil

2 Very Ripe Bananas

200g Medjool Dates

1.5 tsp Cardamom Masala

100g Walnuts

200g Caster Sugar

200g Unsalted Butter

3 Eggs

125g Plain flour

1.5 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 tsp Salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Line a 24cm round cake tin with parchment paper and brush with oil.
  2. De-seed the dates and cut into 6 pieces. Mush the bananas with a fork and set aside.
  3. Put the walnuts in a food processor and roughly blitz. Set aside.
  4. Put the sugar into a large bowl and beat with the butter until smooth. Slowly add the eggs, ground walnuts, flour, baking powder, masala, oil and salt, and continue to mix using an electric mixer. Add the banana and 3/4 of the dates and mix until smooth. Pour the batter into the cake tin and arrange the remaining dates on top. Bake for 70-80 minutes. Cover with foil after 30 minutes of baking.
  5. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.