Banana and mixed spiced cupcakes

As part of my bloggers bake off challenge with Helen and Jenny, I was recently sent some mixed spices from Steenbergs to help create a wonderfully smelling and tasting bake. I am not the hugest fan of mixed spices and I will admit to doing two batches after having a reaction to the spices on my first attempt! I made a plain batch for myself and a mixed spice batch for anyone who wanted them. Both taste very nice indeed and I am actually a bit gutted to not be able to eat the spiced banana cupcakes.

Whether you'll be using just banana or the mixed spice as well, I hope you enjoy this recipe.

You will need:
110g Doves Farm self raising flour
100g Light Brown sugar
110g dairy free butter or vegetable margerine
2 eggs
Tsp Baking powder
Tsp Vanilla essence
1tblsp golden syrup
2 mashed bananas (best when slightly over ripe)
1/2 tsp of Steenbergs mixed spice (less really is more with this wonderfully flavoured mix)


Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth

Add both eggs one after the other and mix well

Add the flour, baking powder and mix together until you have a nice smooth batter

Next, add the syrup, spice mix, vanilla essence and the soft mashed banana

Mix all the ingredients together before scooping into cake cases and baking at 180 for 15-20 minutes (my oven is slower than most but this is a standard time for cupcakes)

Once the cakes are cooked, pop onto cooling racks. These cakes taste delicious slightly warm so don't feel the need to wait for them to go cold to enjoy (as if you needed me to tell you that)

I hope you enjoy!