banana cake

Banana Cake

Ideal for using up bananas that you've kept for a bit too long.

I've updated the sugar part of the ingredients in response to a comment

4oz butter or margarine
6oz sugar (granulated, caster, or mix in some demerara, whatever you have to hand)
8oz self raising flour
2 eggs
2 large or 3 medium, very ripe bananas

Heat the oven to gas mark 4; 180C
Grease a 2lb loaf tin.
Mash the bananas with a sturdy fork.
Cream the butter and sugar together and mix in the eggs
Mix together the two yellow sludges you now have.
Mix in the flour.
Scrape into the loaf tin and bake for 40 minutes then lower the temperature to gas mark 2; 150C and cook for a further 30 minutes.

Try to let it cool (turned out on a rack) before you devour it.

I'm pleased to see this is getting a lot of good comments in the last few weeks (Jan 09) - would love to know how you are all finding out about the recipe.

I first found this recipe quite a few years ago when I did an internet search for banana cake. All I can remember about the site on which I found it was that it was not a fancy one and that the poster said she had got it from her aunt who lived in New Zealand. I have recently found a very similar recipe (I don't suppose banana cake recipes differ much) in the kiwi classic 'The Edmonds Cookbook' so I guess that's where the 'aunt in New Zealand' got it from. The only difference is that the Edmonds recipe calls for 1tsp bicarbonate of soda mixed with 2 TBS of boiling milk to be added after the banana and before the flour and for 1 tsp of baking powder to be added to the flour. As I like the recipe just the way it is (and so do many others) I haven't tried the Edmonds version.

144 comments to this

christine said on 02 Jan 2008 at 14:43:57:

Easy, and very very moorish, never will I throw out old nans again!

ali said on 30 Jan 2008 at 20:28:37:

A really quick easy cake to make. I added cinnamon and honey to mine and it was delicious.

anthearosejane said on 16 Mar 2008 at 17:09:42:

Thank you, that was a very quick and easy recipe, which will make a great filling snack for my picnic!

leelee said on 10 May 2008 at 07:26:07:

Most impressed. Banana cake was delicious - I just added some walnuts to mine and it was d'lish!

irene said on 07 Jun 2008 at 20:01:41:

This is an amazing banana cake..... very easy and the result is just fantastic! Try adding some walnuts, raising or dried banana, it is even more delicious!

mrsmop said on 19 Oct 2008 at 13:33:48:

This is a great recipe ... simple and very tasty. No more thrown at bananas!

jinglebells_anna said on 02 Jan 2009 at 00:42:40:

Really easy to make. I added an extra banana, 2 heaped teaspoons of honey, half teaspoon each of cinnamon and nutmeg. Result- absolutely yummy!!!!!Becasue of the banana it was a bit moister than usual but the outside was super crunchy and delicious warm with some creme fraiche!!!! By the way-cookin says 40min then 30min, but mine only needed the 40mins. Great recipe!

humpty said on 07 Jan 2009 at 17:58:22:

Just added Chocolate chunks into mine will let you know whats it like.............

sking said on 08 Jan 2009 at 12:16:54:

Just tried Humpty's cake with the chocolate chunks - great idea - thanks Humpty for a delicious 10 o'clock tea treat!

humpty said on 08 Jan 2009 at 18:47:23:

indeed very good with chocolate chunks, more to be made for the rest of the office :-)

shronii said on 14 Jan 2009 at 16:52:15:

I have just made this cake and added some chunks of dairy milk. It is absolutely delicious and the easiest banana cake I have ever made!!! I can't see this cake lasting long - good job I have some more bananas that need to be used!

curvygirly said on 20 Jan 2009 at 15:55:34:

wow love this i added sultanas gorgeous thankyou!

kimpower said on 23 Jan 2009 at 19:20:42:

Hi, yes definately a fab and easy banana cake. I Googled banana cake and yours is the first recipe that comes up.

josslette said on 28 Jan 2009 at 10:10:58:

This is so yummy! ive made it loads and have always put grated carrot in it and cinnamon which is tasty. and also tried coconut which was good :)

hannah said on 05 Feb 2009 at 22:08:43:

This is so tasty!!! I didnt have a loaf tin so did a nice tray bake and then cut into squares and topped with buttercream :) ideal for lunchboxes, or just munching!!! Thank you

ilovecake said on 10 Feb 2009 at 22:33:58:

I'v made this cake about 10 times since I found the recipe just before christmas...It's amazing! I also smash up some hazelnuts and add some seeds as well plus honey and choc chips...yum! :-)

elfie84 said on 01 Mar 2009 at 11:09:45:

Loved this recipe! After trying many times to make a banana cake and failing this one was fantastic first time and the familly loves it! Also tried adding some plain chocolate chips and it was yummy! .p.s. found the recipe on google :)

sacraficialangel7 said on 17 Mar 2009 at 14:38:50:

Mine's in the oven just now. I added a good teaspoon of cinnamon to my recipe :) and I used 4 bananas because I had 4 to use up so... I hope it tastes good. The consistency of the mix seemed ok.

bonjih said on 05 Apr 2009 at 04:53:25:

Really great and I added almond meal, took 15mins to prepare.. first go perfect. Cheers

g3ma said on 08 Apr 2009 at 12:06:49:

My 1st attempt is in the oven, so fingers crossed. Just wondering if anyone has tried this with anything else? I have got some strawberrys & was wondering if it would work!

from the north said on 13 Apr 2009 at 11:19:34:

It was this recipe which led me to sign up for the site. Delicious and so simple to make. Next time I'm going to try it with the chocolate though ;-)

jacqi said on 13 Apr 2009 at 18:30:34:

Wow, so many great comments, so many interesting variations! Thanks all.

artyabi said on 13 Apr 2009 at 19:13:33:

Just made this cake, it is delicious! What a great recipe thanks.

fee said on 16 Apr 2009 at 19:26:11:

The main cake is baking in the oven, but I had to comment because we made two little fairy-sized cakes for testing, I added a bit of honey and belgian milk chocolate, and OMG, so delicious, and all chewy round the edges, if the main cake is anything like this it'll go down a treat this weekend! First link on Google, btw ;)

surfer_girl said on 22 Apr 2009 at 17:26:45:

WOW! This cake is awsome! So easy to make! I added choc chips and a touch of cinnamon & nutmeg! Lush!

laura avery said on 30 Apr 2009 at 13:27:55:

excellent recipie mosit tasted just like dates to me lol so i will add walnuts and cinnamon next time yum yum

alikat said on 11 May 2009 at 12:09:45:

Wow, what a great recipe. It's just come out the oven, and I can't wait to tuck in! :-) Had to leave in the oven for a bit longer than the time stated, so hoping its gonna be ok. Will let you know!

alikat said on 11 May 2009 at 12:15:16:

Yep, just as it looks, absolutely yummy!

zoepike said on 16 May 2009 at 10:25:18:

Brilliant recipe. I actually put in cinamon too but made it into 12 muffins. Great for kids lunches.

claireloader said on 16 May 2009 at 12:41:24:

Excellent!! really easy to make! but if your always looking for a short cut like me use a potato masher for the nanas! will be a regular cake in this house :)

melliemel122 said on 21 May 2009 at 08:21:07:

Searched for a banana cake recipe via. Google and this was listed. Fantastic! Easy to make and utterly delicious.

helen said on 25 May 2009 at 13:47:08:

This is easy to make and so tasty. I am intolerent to wheat, eggs, gluten, so I use wheat free self rasing flour, with 3 tsp of gluten free baking powder and 'No egg natural egg replacer', and it tastes delicious

sforeman said on 27 May 2009 at 15:39:59:

Amazing recipe, Easy to make with kids. Just got it out of the oven and it was eaten-Very good warm with vanilla icecream.

littlemissrush said on 09 Jun 2009 at 11:41:51:

Just made this and added 110g of melted chocolate and 1 tsp cinnamon - my son absolutely loves it!!

annacr said on 13 Jun 2009 at 13:03:43:

made mine in the blender up to adding the flour so easy!

ramtops said on 04 Aug 2009 at 15:16:25:

How are they all finding out? Go Google for "banana cake" - you're the #1 hit!

vickiwood said on 10 Aug 2009 at 12:50:04:

This is a fab cake & so easy, I also add a bit of coconut, almonds flakes & chopped nuts + I added a dairy milk bar & its so nice, everyone wants me to make them one, you can also cover with icing & then top with hundreds & thousands mmmm xxx.

freshstrawb said on 16 Aug 2009 at 14:06:04:

just made my first one, ooooohhh!!!! delicious

vmqueenie said on 18 Aug 2009 at 14:05:27:

This is the best ever Banana cake, my son & daughter love it to bits, best of all its so easy to make. Thanks for the recipe

suesue said on 25 Aug 2009 at 22:43:30:

I have made this about half a dozen times since I discovered the recipe when Googling for banana cake a few weeks ago. I'm not a cake maker but this is just so easy and totally delicious. For a bigger loaf tin you can chuck in a bit more of everything and it still comes out perfect. Try adding crumbled Weetabix for a more 'wholemeal' texture.

alida said on 26 Aug 2009 at 18:54:14:

Absolutely lovely, my little girl and I loved making this together. Turned out nicer than other recipes I've tried. Found you on google search.

april said on 28 Aug 2009 at 12:02:31:

I found it was a good recipe however a little heavy. I added cinnamon and nutmeg as someone mentioned, delicious :] p.s add cherries

helenwhat said on 05 Sep 2009 at 17:09:09:

I just made this, it's absolutely delicious. I added chocolate bits, just because... Thanks so much for posting this!

talic63 said on 05 Sep 2009 at 17:45:49:

Just made for first time added sultanas and cinnamon. Brilliant base for adding all sorts and adapting. thanks!

clueless said on 06 Sep 2009 at 09:53:53:

hi is the sugar caster or granulated in this recipe. Thanks

jacqi said on 06 Sep 2009 at 10:05:21:

Hi clueless! whatever you've got to hand will do. I know that a sponge is usually caster sugar. However, for this, granulated is fine. You can even mix brown and white together. It's a very versatile recipe, as you can see from all the comments! Enjoy

njutton said on 06 Sep 2009 at 14:57:28:

This is a great recipe for a novice cook as it's easy and you feel extremely proud when it emerges from the oven. In the many times I've tried this recipe, I've sometimes added desiccated coconut and/or grated carrot! YUMMY!

bex1973 said on 08 Sep 2009 at 09:54:39:

my ovens broken at present so using my convection microwave? finggers crossed. and i'v done it as a tray bake as i dont have a loaf tin. ;-)

missymoo said on 08 Sep 2009 at 19:54:00:

Just made this recipe for the first time, we added a splash of rum and some forest fruits, - OMG how amazing! i feel fatness coming on with this one.... :)

toothy said on 13 Sep 2009 at 16:27:13:

very impressive recipe, kids & family love this, I've put it bread maker & cooked it in the oven, and either come out just as good (though bread makers easier as you can put all ingredients in together).

abercromby3 said on 26 Sep 2009 at 13:27:07:

just put in the oven, first cake i've ever actually made by myself :D it smells SO good, and i have a big galaxy bar to melt over the top :P was easier than i expected and have eaten before, tastes AMAZING.

nmlondon said on 30 Sep 2009 at 15:43:11:

I've signed up just to leave a comment: just made my first one - i love this amazing recipe, it's so easy to bake and ab delicious! Thanks

murtcepsxz said on 07 Oct 2009 at 23:26:37:

This is the best cake recipe I have ever found online, this, together with the quality of the respondent's comments, has led me to sign up to join them in congratulating you. If you want a less dense cake (which I prefer) then use a big bowl and a big spoon and put it in a broad tin (if you like dense bread do the opposite and add some walnuts). Whoever posted this recipe you are a plus five star.

minichic said on 08 Oct 2009 at 19:05:36:

I made this today and it looks gorgeous! I found the recipe on Google after hubby bought too many bananas at the market!! He's off to make a cuppa so I'll let you know how it tastes!!

katjx said on 10 Oct 2009 at 15:34:10:

I found this recipe a few weeks ago and everyone loves it!! I added chopped walnuts for a bit of bite. No more wasted bananas. Well done banana cake person :o)

cloudofutopia said on 11 Oct 2009 at 09:33:28:

This is the easiest and best cake I've ever made! I did add chocolate chip! I will definitely be making this again!

alliemac22 said on 16 Oct 2009 at 09:31:25:

This is a great recipe use it loads and even put in milk chocolate and white chocolate drops. Girls at my work love it :-D only prob is it gives me heartburn :-( can anyone suggest a substitute for the butter?? Thanks :-D

fillyjane said on 20 Oct 2009 at 10:50:30:

DELICIOUS!!!! Made this cake yesterday and it has all gone!! I added walnuts and chocolate chunks. Hubbie and 3 kids devoured it!! Thanks for the recipe! :)

ariandi said on 25 Oct 2009 at 10:52:00:

I have just made this and added cinnamon, vanilla extract and a drop of rum. Absolutely yummy!! Thanks for posting this recipe, I will definitely be making this again.

helsy said on 30 Oct 2009 at 22:04:48:

Thanks for such a lovely recipe. My children made one each and we replaced one banana for the same quantity of grated pumpkin (as it's Halloween) with some nutmeg and cinnamon. The result was fab - half of the cake has already gone and it's not even cool yet!!!

loupy said on 01 Nov 2009 at 13:49:50:

This is absolutely delicious, everything went exactly to recipe, even looks like the picture and tasted divine. I added a small grated carrot, and will definately do this again. Thank you

mel said on 08 Nov 2009 at 15:32:28:

Found this recipe after Googling Banana Cake a few weeks ago. My 1st attempt wasn't good because I used a food processor to mix the ingredients and it made it too heavy and it looked undercooked towards the bottom. So, not one to be beaten, and knowing everyone was saying how fantastic it is, I gave it another try. But this time I made it by hand, added a mix of demerara and caster sugar, and it was delicious! Perfect texture and really full of banana flavour. I've now got my 3rd one in the oven, made exactly as my last one, so here's hoping it's just as delicious! It's really lovely sliced and buttered too. Thanks for such a fantastic recipe! No more bananas will thrown away in this house again!

amrnewman said on 14 Nov 2009 at 18:51:21:

I used to cook a lot, savoury and sweet, but find have less and less time these days! However, having been off work ill, and having got fed up with throwing food away (especially fruit) I googled banana cake - 1st in list - to use up the three 'nearly past it' ones. Cooking time over and ... wow, this is awesome. I added raisins and honey, and have diligently waited until it was cool, and have already eaten 2 slices! This is the best, and will definitley make again. Thanks Jacqi

karenm said on 15 Nov 2009 at 19:13:11:

I buy bananas because they're good for you but I'm not really a huge fan, I can only eat them at a certain point, too hard - yuk, too soft - yukkier, so more often than not they end up getting too soft (yukkier, remember) and get thrown away. For once I decided to avoid this and did what so many others here have done, and googled 'banana cake' and up popped this recipe. I have to admit part of the appeal was the fact that it looked so simple, but having made the first one, wel........ never will a banana be wasted in this house again!! I don't think the first one was even as good as it could have been, I didn't soften the butter enough so I don't think it got as airy as it could have, but still, it was de-lish-us! Number two is in the oven now, smelling as good as before, I softened the butter this time and it seems to be rising more, so I suspect a lighter cake is probable. The only thing is, I got some pecans to add, and forgot $%&#!$@!!! Does that mean I have to make another now, shame!!!! Thanks for this recipe, I think it will be pleasing people for a loooooong time!!!

yumtums said on 25 Nov 2009 at 10:44:09:

absolutely delish!! very simple to make...i topped mine with icing and sprinkled with cinnamon... am gonna make another! this time with choc chips mmmmm :) maybe try honey, cinnamon and nutmeg next time

jeannie said on 27 Nov 2009 at 14:10:51:

I have made this for the first time and it#s absolutely delicious and so easy - like everyone else I shall never have to through bananas out again!

amg said on 28 Nov 2009 at 16:13:33:

just made my first one, its in oven at the min......i like others added some honey lets see how it tastes as it smells good!!

tola said on 12 Dec 2009 at 23:50:57:

My goodness, I just registered so I could drop my own comment.Read all the comments and I just had to try it out myself... It was absolutely lushh.... added cinnamon and had it with wine. Will definitely be doing this more often!!

monty68 said on 15 Dec 2009 at 15:34:08:

in oven, smells fabby, can't wait oh and its HUGE!!!!!!

poppies said on 20 Dec 2009 at 18:53:35:

I also registered simply to comment on this incredible recipe, which I found by searching on Google. Was slightly worried it wouldn't work for me as I halved all the ingredients, used a smaller tin and reduced the cooking time to 2/3 - but it all worked out perfectly, and the texture is superb. My boyfriend says it is one of the best cakes he has ever tasted! Thank you Jacqi, you are a star!!

huchi02 said on 22 Dec 2009 at 22:01:34:

tried this recipe today, came out fantastic 1st time.. I am so pleased!!! I added some dry fruits and honey, reduced the amount of sugar... but the end result was truly delicious!!! hardly took any time to make. The cake tastes great with a cup of tea/coffee... thanks a lot!!!

fashionangel420 said on 02 Jan 2010 at 21:27:57:

omg! this is so nice and delicious!mmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!Thank you Jacqi for the recipe!

irene said on 10 Jan 2010 at 20:49:55:

I make this cake very often and it is always amazing!The best banana cake ever :)

fabgirl said on 10 Jan 2010 at 23:16:39:

Hi Like lots of people, had too many bananas in the house going off and did a quick google seasrch for banana cake and this came up first. I have signed up today purely to leave a comment - I don't usually bother! I am not a baker and did not even have a weighing scales in the house! Rushed out to buy a few needfuls yesterday like a seive etc. However I was very proud it came out beautifully. Whole family loved it. I used wholemeal flour and half a teaspoon of baking powder and also unrefined caster sugar for a "healthy" cake! Only thing is I will probably use slightly less sugar as was slightly sweet but considering the quantities were guess work, not a suprise. It would be helpful though to have the quantites in metric for those of us using that system. I am very pleased, thank you.

mrshoodoowitch said on 13 Jan 2010 at 16:19:19:

Second time I have done this recipe. So easy to make so the kids love to help, especially with the banana mashing! Top of the list on google for banana cake and for good reason. Thrown in a load of raisins today too - hope it works out. Thanks.

peeps65569 said on 16 Jan 2010 at 14:52:14:

Cold, wet and gloomy outside and needed cheering up so decided to bake. Just got all the ingredients out and I am ready to start - cant wait - it sounds delish - will let you know the results (haven't baked for absolutley yonks so keep your fingers crossed for me)

rani said on 19 Jan 2010 at 12:26:04:

hi, to answer your question, we're all finding it because it's the first thing that comes up if you google 'banana cake' in the UK. I'm cooking it now and will report on what it turns out like. Thanks!

judledoodledoo said on 27 Jan 2010 at 12:01:38:

Fantastic cake, I have been looking for a proper banana cake recipe for ages thanks!

poppit said on 30 Jan 2010 at 17:31:50:

Made this cake today. Looks just like the picture, so i must of done something right!! Added a pinch of Vanilla extract and some cinnemon and chopped walnuts. Tastes absolutely lovely. Very proud of myself. Thank you.

poppit said on 30 Jan 2010 at 17:35:17:

Following on from my lst comment, forgot to add that I have a fan oven so reduced the temp to 160C for 40 mins, the top looked like it might burn so i covered with kitchen foil and put back in the oven on 140C for 30 mins. Came out a treat.

chefwilliams said on 31 Jan 2010 at 18:44:45:

I have just made this cake, Oh my god it is soo good, My husband is a chef and he even commented about it. I made it to slice up and put in my daughters lunch box, I think i will have to make another one ( which won't be a problem as it was so easy to make) this was almost finished for pudding. I don't bake a great deal and just googled banana cake and this site came up first. I'm so pleased that I found it. Thanks

rebecca29 said on 07 Feb 2010 at 20:39:00:

This recipe is brill for a quick tasty cake, i had to make it with very little time, my guests loved it and asked for the recipe!

kishybaby said on 11 Feb 2010 at 13:51:18:

Lovely Cake! very easy to make, went down well with the family and at work.

gingersid said on 12 Feb 2010 at 15:46:13:

I bake cakes every week and make a banana cake quite often. This one is very, very similar to the McDougall's recipe apart from theirs using one less ounce of flour. Neverthless, this is a lovely cake.

emma said on 13 Feb 2010 at 11:44:16:

I too have signed up just to comment-what a cracking recipe. I'm a hopeless baker, but this is fool-proof! It is soooo easy! And totally yummy. many thanks for sharing.

kiev said on 20 Feb 2010 at 18:44:42:

Couldn't possibly wait for this to cool before eating! Absolutely delicious, mine took a bit longer to cook, but who cares? Baked once and it is now a favourite forever. Thanks.

bakersangel said on 01 Mar 2010 at 16:31:00:

This sounds AMAZING! I've just put it in the oven. I had a sniky taste of the mix, it's delicious! I will get back to you once it got out of the oven. :)

marlefield said on 03 Mar 2010 at 15:40:19:

Like this one a lot! I added a spoonful of mincemeat from a leftover christmas jar - very yummy. This recipes has lured me onto the site, like others before me, and I am really impressed!

helenc said on 10 Mar 2010 at 21:13:59:

Same as everyone else - had brown bananas & googled recipe. I always smash up a dark choc bar & add & sprinkle brown sugar on the top. I even made this cake for Heston Blumenthal! He and his daughter ate it - said it was delicious. There, how about THAT!

suewatkins said on 18 Mar 2010 at 12:07:09:

sorry - I couldn't wait for it to cool but it was delicious hot with ice cream for pudding.

bakersangel said on 22 Mar 2010 at 16:49:37:

4got to get back, it was totaly delish! family LOVED it, going to make it again now!!!! cant wait to have it again!

stephc said on 30 Mar 2010 at 20:30:04:

Tried this recipe to use up some old banana's, really impressed easy to do and tasty too will def do this again.

nmlondon said on 04 Apr 2010 at 14:02:06:

Ive been making this cake since October last year and it never fails! I've even baked my Easter Banana Cake today using the lamb-shaped tin.

brooke the cook said on 07 Apr 2010 at 15:52:19:

Got mine in the oven......smells delish!! Thanks!

alfie said on 09 Apr 2010 at 13:16:08:

this will b the first time i have ever cooked a cake it is smelling good,my daughter found this site,i am looking forwared to getting more recipe and ideas thanks for making easy to follow...let u no hiow it tasted,fingers crossed....

babylion said on 12 Apr 2010 at 23:04:45:

Just made this cake, couldn't wait for it to cool down!! It's loverly, having to eat banana's on doctors orders and it's a great change than just on there own.

kerry said on 17 Apr 2010 at 13:01:41:

Just joined this site so I could leave a comment on this cake. I was fed up with throwing out bananas when they had gone past the stage that I like to eat them so I decided to try and make a banana cake. I googled it and yours was the first recipie that came up and after reading the comments decided to give it a go. I havent cooked a cake in over 20 years and cant believe how great this cake turned out and was so easy to make. I took it into work and had to make another one 2 days later as it went so quickly! I put nutmeg in the 2nd one and it was also really nice. Going to try and add some other things next time but thanks to this cake Im back into cooking :)

kopqueentash said on 17 Apr 2010 at 18:09:54:

What a great, easy recepie. I've used it twice now and both times it lasted about 10 mins!!

mummymouse said on 18 Apr 2010 at 22:10:40:

Fifth time i've made it, i threw in all the kids left over easter eggs on the last one!!! Went down lovely and we all enjoyed making it together!!

darenmarie said on 22 Apr 2010 at 21:00:51:

first time, came out just like picture and taste was out of this world

cakietin said on 26 Apr 2010 at 13:12:43:

This cake is simply amazing! I have made this numerous times and it never fails. I have added left over easter eggs and the kids loved it. I personally like it just the way it is....perfect recipe. Thanks for sharing it with us.

anniemacs said on 09 May 2010 at 15:35:20:

This is the best Banana Cake recipe ever. I've played around with it a fair few times - always been good. Today's is with added melted After Eights and a bit of cinammon. Yum Yum.

babybee said on 20 May 2010 at 18:38:30:

I have also joined the site after googling banana cake. Mine is doing it's final 30 min stint in the oven and it's looking good. Smells fab and I can't wait to sample it. Thanks for a fab recipe - which will no doubt be a regular in our house and also for helping me stumble across such a great site.

rosmarin said on 22 May 2010 at 17:31:20:

I too adore this simple recipe and like others I have just joined nibblous joined to say so. I used to follow a recipe which was fiddly and involved sour cream and all sorts of ingredients I had to go out and buy. This one truly is a store cupboard (and fruitbowl!) essential. My only note is that I find it a tad sweet, but then I have a very savoury tooth, and everyone else I've tried it on loves it. My latest one is being eaten still steaming from the oven as we watch Doctor Who!

rosmarin said on 22 May 2010 at 17:34:00:

ps apologies for the extra 'joined' in my inaugural post!

poppybee said on 22 May 2010 at 18:53:13:

I also joined to rate this cake as i can't believe how amazing and easy to make it is! It took 15 minutes to prepare including weighing, mixing, putting into oven and washing up! I made mine in a bundt tin and added honey and cinnamon. The whole family love this one and there are so many exciting things you could add! Fabulous! =o)

justy said on 06 Jun 2010 at 11:03:01:

Absolutely brilliant!! So delicious and quick and easy to make.. I crushed up some Bournville dark chocolate and added to my mixture - yummy!

alived said on 06 Jun 2010 at 12:28:13:

I have made it yesterday with light brown self raising flour, demerara sugar and a mixture of grapeseed and sunflower oil instead of margerine. I also added sultanas to the mixture and fresh blueberries sparkled at the bottom, and it was fantasting, not as fluffly as yours but very tasty and moist.. thank you... none left now...

alived said on 06 Jun 2010 at 12:29:08:

fantasting = fantastic ;-) sorry

humblepie said on 07 Jun 2010 at 19:36:32:

Does everybody make this by hand? I was going to use my food processor but somebody posted that it makes it too heavy, anybody else found this? Only just registered, so Hi everybody!

sonialou said on 08 Jun 2010 at 20:28:33:

Have made this a few times, it always comes out perfect. I slice it then wrap individually for lunch boxes. If I hide the cake tin, it can actually last all week!

humblepie said on 27 Jun 2010 at 12:22:09:

Hiya, I ve made this 3 times now, it is fantastic, has anybody tried freezing it? Not sure whether it wold freeze well or not. Thanks for a great recipe.

jacqi said on 27 Jun 2010 at 20:29:55:

Yes, I've frozen it successfully. I didn't freeze it whole, but cut slices and froze them so I could take out slices for packed lunches.

braeburn said on 27 Jul 2010 at 15:17:05:

Looks great - can anbody please confirm fan oven temps/timings if they use one - thanks!

joshuas_mommy said on 03 Aug 2010 at 19:38:09:

fan assisted ovens are 20c less than normal. so for this recipie 180c is 160c and for the remaining 30mins you cook the cake at 130c.hope this helps =) found the recipie on google first link. i shall now be using this site as my cook book. this recipieis amazing just like the cake thanks x

flumflum said on 11 Aug 2010 at 19:16:25:

i had some over ripe bananas and googled banana cake and this came up first and im glad it is so easy 2 make and is soooooooo yummy.i was abit naughty and put chocolate in it and icing on top.i took some 2 work and every1 wanted the recipe.yum yum.

ellara said on 23 Aug 2010 at 16:13:58:

Made this for the first time today and the family loved it!! So light and was delicious!! Will definitely be making this again with my over ripe bananas!!

jan h said on 25 Aug 2010 at 20:40:52:

Today was the first time i have ever made a banana cake and this one is delicious and so easy to make. I couldn't wait for the banana's to get over ripe though, but it still turned out lovely. Definately has the Mmmm factor.

lynda said on 03 Sep 2010 at 15:19:22:

I too have joined so i can comment on this recipe. I had too many banana's going too soft, so decided to google banana recipes. After a short while, i saw this recipe and it ingrigued me. So off i went to make it, i doubled up my ingredients and made 2 loaves. I took it to work and the 2 loaves were gone by lunch time. This was Thursday. I now have been searching for plum recipes, got so fed up of not seeing anything that i fancied, i decided to use your banana recipe, and put my home grown plums in instead of banana. I have taken the skin off them and mushed them up with my blender. They are now in the oven and am waiting for the result. I will let you know how they turn out. Thanks once again for a fool proof recipe, i will be back that's for sure.

swindongirl said on 03 Sep 2010 at 19:24:30:

Fri night, footie on the TV and too many bananas left over............... google banana cake and here I am!!! Its in the oven as I type - only thing is i didnt have a loaf tin so I have used a deep pyrex on the advice of my mother, so i hope it works. Easiest thing I have made since my milk chocolate cake. Only signed up to let you all know!!! Hope its as nice as everyone says!!!!!!

debbiem said on 30 Dec 2011 at 10:23:24:

Great banana cake recipe. I don't have a sweet tooth so I reduced the sugar to 4oz and then added broken up chunks of dark chocolate to the mixture. Delicious!

sugar said on 05 Feb 2012 at 18:07:29:

i loved this banana cake so much that im making it for the second time this week! Got alot of banans' to use up :) thanks for the recipe xx

13raji said on 20 Feb 2012 at 20:17:38:

This is an awesome recipe! I have made a couple of vegan versions as my husband is vegan. The first time I juest left out the egg (but added dark choc bits and pecans), and it was great, but too crumbly. So now I just add egg replacement and it is good! I have also added 2 oz of cocoa (and minus 2oz from the flour quantity) for an extra chocolate taste. Another time I added some peanut butter...there are so many variations!!!

clarabel1979 said on 18 Mar 2012 at 12:07:35:

I've been making this wonderful cake regularly for about 6 months and as every one else says it is the easiest and tastiest cake I've ever made! Has anyone tried to make cup cakes/muffins out of this mix? I would appreciate advice on how long to bake them for?

emmacw said on 21 Mar 2012 at 13:09:22:

Only just made this :) came across the recipe when i googled Banana Cake. Its fantastic and very easy. I also added cinnamon and it tastes wonderful. Thanks for this! what a fab recipe site. :)

munchalot said on 01 Apr 2012 at 18:41:56:

made this cake twice now, sooo good. Im making it again this evening!

louella68 said on 19 May 2012 at 20:45:28:

I've made this a few times, but this week I am attempting to make cup cakes for this recipe for a family party next weekend. I'm going to ice them with cinnamon frosting. I feel a trial run coming on tomorrow :)

stacyann said on 29 May 2012 at 13:39:18:

I love banana cake and this recipe is fab, I add chocolate chips to mine and I also use a potato masher instead of a fork to mash the potatoes!

rachwarwick said on 02 Jun 2012 at 15:43:19:

I've been making this cake for years, it's a great recipe. But today I realised too late that I didn't have any eggs, so I just left them out. The result is amazing - well-risen, light, fluffy cake which tastes great. I also added a bit of cinnamon and a handful of sultanas.

malokia said on 24 Jun 2012 at 23:12:55:

This recipe is just perfect I added half a tea spoon of baking powder as i like my cakes fluffy, Banana & 100g Sultanas fo.r me and Banana & 100g Walnuts for my other half. Best Banana Cake recipe I have found so far!!!

burger said on 06 Aug 2012 at 16:53:58:

I cannot cook! Cakes are my main disaster. Today, having some over ripe bananas left, I decided to try (again) to bake a banana cake as my mother always baked such gorgeous ones. As she is no longer here to ask for the receipe, I tried yours. The aroma from the oven is very promising and throu the glass panel I can see it has risen! That has never happened to my cakes! If it tastes good as well, you are a miracle worker : )

burger said on 06 Aug 2012 at 17:35:53:

Out of oven, needed about 15 mins less time than receipe states ( took it out 10 mins before buzzer & is a little burnt round edges but can cut that off) Taste wise? Absolutely delicious. Thank you for such an easy bake

kimbo reid said on 25 Sep 2012 at 20:02:07:

baked this 4 times now. so easy and turns out perfect every time for me x thank you

mavstu said on 01 Oct 2012 at 13:29:29:

this cake is exellent goes down a treat with the grandkids and us aswell

cupcake2000 said on 17 Nov 2012 at 16:35:20:

I been baking this fantastic banana cake since years and done so many variations on it but my fav is just the plain and simple cake with a lovely cup of tea. I have also just cooked another batch for a friends birthday on Monday but I've doubled the quantity to do a traybake (9"x13") and honestly say it's worked a treat also cooked it at 160c for 50 min lovely, spongy and the perfect colour will be putting chocolate buttericing on top as she loves both but I didn't want to put any chocolate in as believe it or not I have 2 friends that are not a big fan of chocolate so they can scrap the icing off plus I get 30 servings out if it and it's only cost me £5 give and take a couple of quid....

cupcake2000 said on 17 Nov 2012 at 16:45:00:

Sorry ment couple of pence not quid... Smell of it cooking is making me loose concentration.... Lol...

suzyc said on 13 Dec 2012 at 11:51:49:

I've now made this several times. It's become a resident recipe for old bananas in the house. Almost know it off by heart. I have made some variations to the recipe just to experiment. A hit with all!

summerof69notts said on 16 Aug 2013 at 17:37:49:

Made this so many times and it never fails. Such a forgiving recipe - doesn't matter if you've only got one manky nana and some oddments of sugar - it just adapts itself to whatever you put in it. The kitchen currently smells divinely of banana and cinammon - and I'm trying desperately not to pick ALL the hot, crunchy bits off the top! Thanks once again for an amazing, failsafe recipe!

summerof69notts said on 16 Aug 2013 at 17:40:26:

Oh my! Just been scrolling up to read others comments and seen someone has succesfully added peanut butter to theirs - I am DEFINITELY going to try that!!

lizzyd said on 23 Oct 2013 at 16:39:48:

Just baked this in my aga using gluten free flour and xanthan gum, also added some honey and sultanas. It's delicious ! I've had lots of disasters with gluten free flour but this recipe is great. I cooked it for 35mins in the top oven with the cold shelf above it, then 35mins in the bottom oven, perfect. Thank you.

mummy-to-sofiagrace said on 24 Nov 2013 at 19:38:17:

Such a quick and easy recipe to follow with such tasty results, turned out very moist and bursting with banana, it didn't last long ;-) i also added some nutmeg and cinnamon yummy.

charleo1985 said on 05 Feb 2014 at 16:16:32:

Love this cake I make it every time I have a few bananas ripe . its so morrish and yummy especialy warm mmmmmmm

simonam said on 22 Apr 2014 at 11:33:12:

Found this recipe years ago. Made the cake and it tasted great. Wanted to make a banana cake again and didn't want to go with the other recipes on line. I had to search around for a while but I have found it again (yippee) and bookmarked it this time. Simply delicious - I add some mixed nuts to mine and have been known to add a tot of rum occasionally.

jay1 said on 01 May 2014 at 18:49:44:

This has turned out perfectly every time, with regular flour or with gluten free. My family now keep turning up with bananas that have 'mysteriously' not been eaten!

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