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Banana cake

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Serves 8

Moist banana cake, easy to make and uses up overipe bananas

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  • 2 ripe bananas (overipe is best)
  • 170g caster sugar
  • 170g self raising flour
  • 170g soft margarine
  • 3 eggs
  • Fewdrops vanilla essence


    1. Use a food processor Pre heat oven to 160C / gas mark 3
    2. Add all ingredients and blend until well mixed
    3. Pour into lined loaf tin
    4. Bake for 1 hour
    5. Cool and enjoy
    6. If you are a nut lover, once ingredients are blended add 60g chopped walnuts and blend in to the mixture

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Comments (221)

kittykinsblue's picture

Excellent cake recipe, i added Brazil nuts instead or walnuts which works really well. Its a great hit with all the family.

watk4ins's picture

Made double the mixture in two loaf tins x mixed with electric hand mixer x delicious and crunchy outside x will try walnuts next time x thank you for this recipe x

jacaranda04's picture

On further thought i realise that i have been dsappointed with my last two r three cakes all for the same reaon, although all different recipes. I suspect that the flour i bought as SR is in fact plain flour. I am going to scrap it, buy some more- a different brand, and have another go at this recipe as soon as i have some more suitable bananas.

jacaranda04's picture

I cooked it for the suggested time, found the skewer wet. Kept on giving extra time, eventually took it out after 100 minutes. Still raw in the middle.
Conclusion, did not rise enough - add baking powder if i do it again, or maybe i will look for another recipe. I note that other recipes use more heat too.
Not to be recommended in my view - i don' t like wasting a batch of ingredients, and to have to repeat a recipe several times before getting it to an acceptable level, is simply not on for something as simple as this.

amandatriggol's picture

Easy and quick recipe. Delicious and the family want to know when iam baking the next one. yummy.

amandatriggol's picture

Just used up ripe bananas in this recipe. will let you know how it turns out.

rache68's picture

Tasted fine ,heavy as a brick ,seriously greasy . But kids loved it . Will try a different recipe next time .

cookingkelly's picture

Am Such a novice, this recipe was brilliant!

bcleave's picture

So annoyed this does not come up in the search for banana cake - I made this and was told by a friend that it was 'the best banana cake ever'.... SO yummy and SO simple!

naomidommett's picture

I'm cooking this for the second time, first time turned out very yummy- I don't have a food processor but I added ingredients as follows- cream butter and sugar, mash (very) overripe banana separately then add and mix in, then flour bit by bit, and finally mix in eggs. Also some people said margarine says it turns it stodgy.. I used clover and I didnt have this problem, I suppose it depends which one you use?

rparnell's picture

I've tried this again with a lot more success. I creamed the sugar and margarine first and then added the other ingredients one by one. I only added 2 eggs but also added 1tsp of baking powder. Fan oven set at 150 and voila, a light and fluffy banana cake. Also added some chopped pecan nuts for a bit of extra crunch. Will definitely do again now.

rparnell's picture

I'm normally quite successful at the old cake baking but this one didn't come out too well. I followed the ingredients and timing as the recipe but set the oven to 140 as it's a fan so not sure whether this is why the cake sank and is slightly stodgy, as a lot of people have noticed. I want to try it again so can people let me know what they've done differently to get a successful result. Thanks

blacklippaint's picture

works every time, i add coffee to the mix and a pinch of nutmeg

joannefrost1's picture

Expat - cream butter and sugar, then add 1 egg and a spoon of lour at a time. Add rest of flour and mix, add bananas and vanilla, pour into tin and bake x

joannefrost1's picture

Just made this once again - absolutely gorgeous! Made 2 cos they don't last 2 minutes :). Expat - I don't have a food processor but it only takes a couple of minutes to whip up by hand
Kitchen smells heavely

dcarmarie's picture

Im trying this with choc chips as not keen on nuts also just a small electric whisk.

dcarmarie's picture

Im trying this with choc chips as not keen on nuts also just a small electric whisk.

kerenjb's picture

A really brilliant recipe. Quick, simple and probably the lightest banana cake you'll eat. My friend couldn't believe it was a banana cake because it was so light and demanded the recipe on the spot.

poohbear18's picture

just made this for first time. after reading some of the comments about being 'stodgy', i added 1tsp of baking powder in with the SR flour.....good results and it tastes great

emmalouisecherry's picture

Took everyones advice and used butter instead of marg, it was fantastic! I use the word 'was' as it lasted about 10 minutes... It was quite dense and very moist, just how a good banana cake should be. Nom!


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