Wednesday 5 May 2010

Perfect Banana Cake

Anyone who likes to bake even on a semi-regular basis will have a favourite banana cake recipe up their sleeve for when they have a few old bananas in the fruit bowl. I have used the same banana recipe for a long time, and I thought it was time to try an new one. I came across this one which was perfect as it calls for 4 ripe bananas, and that's exactly how many I needed to use up!

This banana cake is wonderfully moist.. I highly recommend giving this one a try :)

125 g unsalted butter
1/2 c caster sugar

2 eggs lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla essence
4 medium bananas, mashed
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 c milk
2 c self raising flour, sieved

125 g unsalted butter
3/4 c icing sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
small handful shredded/shaved coconut, toasted

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcuis and grease a 20cm round springform tin.
2. Mash bananas in a bowl, add vanilla, cover and set aside. In a small bowl, combine milk and bicarbonate soda, set aside.
3. In a large bowl cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
4. Add eggs and mix until well combined.
5. Add banana mixture and mix until well combined.
6. Gently and gradually fold in flour and milk alternately.
7. Transfer to tin and bake for 1 hour, or until skewer comes out clean.
8. Leave in tin for 10 minutes and then turn out onto wire rack.
9. For the icing, mix the butter and sugar till very creamy then add the lemon juice.
10. Spread over cooled cake and top with coconut.

  • Bananas should be very ripe.
  • Bake with cold ingredients (butter, milk, eggs) at room temperature for best results.
  • To toast coconut, dry roast in a pan over low to medium heat. Remove from pan once the coconut reaches a light golden colour.
Ladybird x


  1. Oohh, this looks delicious!
    I love banana cake, but only if it's super moist. My go-to banana recipe is extremely moist and delicious - The only problem is that it's addictive.

  2. Banana bread/cake is one of the few sweets I enjoy with banana in it. And, as you said, a great way to use up old and brown bananas =)

  3. Ohhh... I love banana bread! Which is good because I am so fussy with bananas - I only eat them when they are yellow and perfect. I can't help myself... so this is a good excuse cake! :)

  4. Oh, I'm so craving banana bread now! I don't know anyone that doesn't like banana bread! This looks lovely!

  5. I have just baked a banana cake just now! MY whole house smells nice. Your banana cake looks very delicious with the icing.

  6. Nothing like a good banana bread. In fact, there's some browning bananas on my kitchen bench. They're supposed to be breakfast, but the rate their going, I think they're telling me they'd rather be in a cake instead, he he he.


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