A Packable Picnic Cake for Valentine’s Day

No matter who you’re spending Valentine’s Day with this year, you just can’t beat a good picnic. This deliciously gooey, nutty and chocolatey loaf cake is perfect for packing up in your picnic hamper and sharing with your nearest and dearest. And with no decoration needed, you don’t have to worry about wrestling with a piping bag in the early hours of the morning (yes, we’ve been there).

The Recipe


100g caster sugar

50g soft brown sugar

100g unsalted butter

1 large egg

100g dark chocolate

4-5 very ripe bananas, mashed

60ml milk

200g plain flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

100g walnuts, chopped


Preheat the oven to 180C/GM4

Grease a 20cm x 10 cm loaf tin with butter

Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over the pan

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars together until light and creamy

Add the egg, banana, milk and melted chocolate and mix until well blended

In a separate bowl, mix the salt, bicarbonate of soda and flour

Fold the flour mixture and half (50g) of the chopped walnuts to the wet mixture until well combined

Pour the mixture into your greased loaf tin and sprinkle with the remaining chopped walnuts

Bake for 50-65 minutes, until a skewer or cocktail stick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean

Leave to cool before slicing. Enjoy!

1 Comment

  • Jean Trahair

    09.03.2023 at 11:03 Reply

    This cake is delicious. My family love it.
    Thank you.

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