Scrumptious Sneaky Cake

I have snaffled the base of this recipe from the May 2017 edition of Olive magazine which inspired me to use a classic recipe for banana bread and turbo charge it with veg and goodness. However, it will be wolfed down with all its protein and fibre rich structure intact as it masquerades as a decadent and delicious treat. Pair with fresh fruit, frozen yogurt or just on it’s own with freshly made coffee or a creamy glass of milk.

Sneaky Cake (Serves 10/12) Takes 1hr 45 mins

50g butter

100g crunchy peanut butter (I used sugar free Whole Earth with sunflower, pumpkin & flax seeds)

100g soft brown sugar

100g plain flour

100g wholemeal flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

4 very ripe bananas

1/2 carrot, grated

2 tbsp mixed seeds


75g butter

75g low fat soft cheese

75g smooth peanut butter (I used Hi-Pro Smooth)

200g icing sugar

Freeze dried raspberries to decorate

Heat your oven to 180c/Fan160c/Gas 4.

Grease and line a 450g loaf tin.

Put all the cake ingredients into a mixer bowl and beat until well combined. Pop into the tin and put in the middle of the warmed oven for 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 hours or until a skewer comes out clean. Easy peasy.

Cool for 10 minutes in the tin and then lift out to leave on a rack.

Whilst that’s doing, make the frosting…. beat the butter until soft and then mix the peanut butter and cream cheese. When well combined, fold in the icing sugar carefully lest it will cloud up and puff all over the kitchen, driving you nuts clearing it up for the rest of the week.

Spread onto the top of the cooled cake and sprinkle with something suitably visually pleasing such as chocolate chips, chopped pistachios/nuts or dried raspberry flakes as I did.

Halo in tact, serve it to your family to rapturous applause. x

33 Comments Add yours

  1. robin rue says:

    That cake sounds so good. My whole family would love it.


  2. Amber says:

    Mmm, well I do like cake. I’ll have to try this out!


  3. Jay Colby says:

    This cake sounds so tasty. I’ll have to try this recipe. .


  4. I love cakes with carrots in them. I guess because carrot cake is my favorite cake. I can’t wait to try your recipe, it sounds divine.


  5. This sounds like carrot cake meets banana bread – which sounds delicious. I’ll have to keep this and try sneaking it into my kids!


  6. Erin Rose says:

    Two of my favorite things…banana bread and carrot cake! Can’t wait to try this!


  7. munakenny says:

    Everything about this cake is mind blowing, the combination of ingredients is delicious. I have to give it a try 🙂

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  8. Ana De-Jesus says:

    Ooh lord that cake looks so darn good, in fact I could do with a slice right now! Can you send me some in the mail lol xx


  9. WHY MUST YOU tEMpt me?! It looks so so good! I really want to have some. But to make it… I’m so lazy. Maybe I’ll forward to a friend and have them make it for me. Haha

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  10. I love the name of the cake almost as much as the recipe for it.


  11. Krista Bel says:

    I love sneaky recipes like this. It makes me feel undercover and all James-Bond, because who doesn’t like rule breaking. This looks yummy but I have enough belly fat for two small children


  12. Glenda K. says:

    Mmmm, I love anything sweet. aThis scrumptious sneaky cake looks absolutely delicious! 🙂


  13. Azlin Bloor says:

    Sounds like a very sneaky cake indeed! You got me at peanut butter!


  14. Megan says:

    I need this cake in my kitchen, like now! I can’t wait to try this!


  15. laurenhashem says:

    UGH YOU’VE GOT ME DROOLING. I’m not the best baker but this defintely makes me want to turn on the oven right now and get to cooking!


  16. My Mom love baking, and definitely she will love this recipe too! I’ll send it to her now 🙂


  17. This cakes sounds marvelous.


  18. In vegan cake recipes we use bananas to replace eggs. I am just wondering why you would have eggs and bananas in this recipe? Is it just to make it super moist?


    1. I used the base of a tradition banana bread and added the rest but I’ll give it a try!


  19. Elizabeth O. says:

    If it has peanut butter then it’s definitely something that my kids and I will enjoy. I think this sounds amazing. I’m definitely keeping the recipe.


  20. This is great, it serves a lot of people, perfect for a dinner party. I’m curious as to why it’s called a sneaky cake.


    1. Hey Carol. It’s because I’ve snuck in veg, wholewheat, seeds and fruit into what looks like an indulgent treat.


  21. chei says:

    wow! This is yummy! Perfect for my husband’s birthday this month of may! 🙂


  22. Ack if only my oven weren’t on the fritz! I love how I can sneak some more healthy even in for myself!


  23. sparkofsouthernmoms says:

    This looks amazing! I am starting a diet too! 😦 I can make this for my family and enjoy a little piece guilt free! Great recipe and thank you for sharing it! I can’t wait to sink my teeth into a piece!


  24. Rosey says:

    I love the version of peanut butter that you used. I didn’t even know there was such a thing.


  25. eazynazy says:

    I have a sweet tooth and this recipe looks mouth watering. gonna try this soon


  26. Leigh Anne says:

    This sounds like an incredible cake to eat. I would love to sneak some in for myself and my family:)


  27. I will need some bananas for this recipe, but otherwise I have the rest of the ingredients. Would love to try making it this week – looks so good!


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  29. Oh I love this is sounds Scrumptious! I am always looking for new things to make for my family so I will for sure have to try this! YUM


  30. Another one to join my to cook/bake/do list 🙂


  31. Otilia says:

    Wow delicious looking cake!


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