Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Banana Cake Recipe

This recipe makes a moist, dense banana cake with a smooth cream cheese icing. The cake doesn't rise much so it has a nice flat top for presentation. We served the cake at room temperature and topped each slice with a little passionfruit pulp.

You will need about 2-3 large bananas for this recipe.

Serves about 10.

We use a 20ml tablespoon and 250ml measuring cup for all of our recipes.

125g butter, softened (if using unsalted butter, add 1/4 teaspoon salt with the flour)
330g (1 1/2 cups) sugar
280g (1 very slightly rounded cup) very ripe, mashed banana
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (1 teaspoon natural vanilla essence)
2 large eggs (we use eggs with a minimum weight of 59g)
100ml (1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon) buttermilk
225g (1 1/2 cups) self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160 degrees Celsius fan-forced). Adjust the oven rack to the lower half of the oven so the top of the cake will be in the centre of the oven.

Grease the side and base of a 22cm diameter (inside top measurement) round cake pan. We use a springform pan for easy removal of the cake. Line base of the pan with non-stick baking paper.

Place butter, sugar, banana, vanilla and eggs in a food processor.

Process for about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of processor. Add buttermilk and pulse to combine. ©

Sift flour, salt (if using) and bicarbonate of soda together into a large bowl. Add flour mixture to food processor and process until just combined.

Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake for about 50-60 minutes, or until a skewer or knife inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Leave cake to cool on a wire rack.

Spread cooled cake with cream cheese icing. Store cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Cream Cheese Icing
90g cream cheese, softened
45g butter, softened
210g (1 2/3 cups) icing sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice

Beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until creamy. Add sifted icing sugar and beat until smooth. Add lemon juice and beat to combine. Spread icing over top and sides of cooled cake.

Banana Cake Ingredient Quantities for Various Pan Sizes (pdf)


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Anonymous Sue said...

thanks so much for sharing this fantastic recipy, found the recipy last night, decided to make it for my daughters 2nd birthday today. One problem I had no ripe banana's, I used the ripest banana I could find in the shops (not very ripe), cake still worked well. very yummy.will try again next time I have really ripe banana's. I also used some brown sugar as others have suggested.

25/1/10 11:20 pm  
Blogger Kristie said...

I made this the other day and it turned out super moist and yummy - thanks for sharing.

31/1/10 5:57 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yummy, made it for my mum & she loved it too

24/3/10 4:17 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I just wanted to say this is the only banana cake recipe I use to make for my family because its so good!! They love it so much they ask for it whenever we have bananas!! Best recipe ever!! I love your website, all the recipes are exceptional!!!!Keep the great recipes coming!! Love Shannon

13/4/10 8:39 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome tasting but didn't really work out to plan...
I tried to make cupcakes, but everyone of them sunk in the middle. I did everything properly, except I used some brown sugar instead of normal right at the beginning...
I dont know what I did wrong! This is only the 2nd cake I've ever made, so maybe it was just me. At least they taste awesome, just not much for looks.
Ill try again when I get some more bananas :)

26/5/10 10:27 pm  
Anonymous Mikey said...

Absolutely delicious cake! Will recommend it to anyone who loves cake!

I didn't want to make to whole amount so I halved everything and placed it into one of those meat loaf tins. Worked perfectly!

Well done girls! I'm a big fan of your recipes!

1/6/10 7:22 pm  
Blogger Judy said...

Thanks so much for this recipe, can't wait to try it.

29/6/10 10:43 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow what a delicious moist pudding-like banana cake!! My new fav banana cake recipe, just fab thanks!!

12/7/10 2:50 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Divine! Best banana cake ever and so easy. I have now made about 4 things from your site and all of them - easy and fabulous!!!! thank-u for no fuss receipes. It is great to know that they all turn out fab! (well, so far :).

8/8/10 4:09 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The easiest, quickest and most simple banana cake recipe ever, and best of it tastes the best! Oh so moist. Love it! Thanks!

9/10/10 2:12 am  
Anonymous Meg said...

Have just tried my first slice of this delicious cake that I made this morning. It was easy and quick to make, and the best bit is that it tastes amazing. Definitely will be making this one again!

11/10/10 1:50 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SEARCH NO FURHER This is the best banana cake ever! i know we are all saying it but whoever i make it for says it to.

19/11/10 1:53 pm  
Blogger Toni said...

This recipe is so easy to make. My cake has just come out of the oven and is cooling on the wire rack. I have eaten some of the crumbs left on the cake pan and OMG, it is absolutely delicious!!! I can't wait until the cake cools and I can have a slice. I made the cake in accordance with the recipe, however I am making a butter cream icing as I don't have any cream cheese.

4/2/11 12:33 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best banana cake I have ever made. My family and friends loved it. I also made a gluten free/dairy free one by substituting the Self raising flour with gluten free self raising flour and the buttermilk and butter with soy milk and dairy free butter. No one could tell the difference it was that delicious.

4/4/11 12:06 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for a great recipe, my hobby is cake decorating and used this for a friends birthday cake. I covered with white choc ganache and then fondant... the cake was so tasty, everyone went back for seconds. Definately a keeper for my recipe collection. Thanks again! :-)

30/4/11 12:34 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm normally a terrible baker but this was so easy (i think giving the ingredient weights really helped!) even I managed to make it good! Incredibly moist, even a few days later. thanks! :)

7/5/11 1:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

perfect banana cake! made it for my bf's birthday for 2 consecutive years upon his request.he prefers it plain so I served it without the icing and boy, everything gets consumed within 3 hours!thank you so much for sharing this absolute gem with me!

17/5/11 3:50 pm  
Blogger Sylvie said...

Both my kids are huge critics of my cooking, when they had this banana cake, my teenage son said 'mum best cake ever Martha Stewart has nothing on you'. Great website, I am now checking out the Carrot Cake. Thank You :))

24/7/11 3:57 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made it today, still in the oven....didn't have buttermilk so used sour cream instead...didn't use as much sugar either as banana's very sweet....will get back with results later.

3/11/11 3:22 pm  
Anonymous Kimbo said...

Well its obvious by everyones comments, just how fantastic this recipe is. I only discovered your recipe a few months ago and i have already made it a dozen times! My family are always requesting the banana cake and it is so easy! I love the frosting, i do add a little more cream cheese than the 90g, as i find this gives the cake a nice balance between the sweet cake and the tangy icing! This is definitely a recipe i will pass down to the family.... Love it!

11/2/12 6:57 pm  
Anonymous Audrey said...

i tried this recipe and didn't change anything but my cake sunk in the middle. i checked it half way while it was baking and was rising fine. towards the end, it started sinking. what went wrong?

13/2/12 6:17 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Turned out perfect.. So delicious. I'm not a big fan of cream cheese icing, so I just made a vanilla glacé, and it tasted divine!

7/3/12 6:19 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is SO delicious..really nice and moist. I used a light lemon & greek yoghurt icing glaze over it which gave it a bit of a tang and everyone enjoyed it a lot. I will definitely be making this again!

15/4/12 8:09 pm  
Anonymous Alice said...

I was curious to try this recipe after reading all the rewiews. I only put 1 cup of brown sugar and used milk with lemon juice as a suggested substitute for buttermilk. It was delicious & moist. I bring lots of cakes into the office to share & this one was hugely popular. I will be making it again for sure!!

30/5/12 11:37 am  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Made this cake today. It was good. Most importantly hubby said it was yummy. Here in Malaysia banana cake is one of the most popular cake with the locals. To get that purple thread like fibre in the baked cake I would recommend mashing the bananas separately and then hand mixing it with a spatula into the batter instead of mixing it with all the other ingredients in the processor. Try this step and you'll see the difference in the appearance once you cut a slice of your cake to eat!

10/6/12 2:42 am  
Anonymous Lynn said...

I've made this cake 100s of times and it's always been moist and soft and delicious. You may need to adjust your oven or reduce your cooking time. My oven is fan forced and I bake for 50 mins at 160 however when I baked it at my mums house who also has a fan forced oven it was ready in 45mins at 160. Better luck next time

23/6/12 12:34 pm  
Blogger Sim said...

Could this be frozen and for how long

16/11/12 1:44 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been making this cake for a while now, I love it, it's so yummy! But I have noticed the last couple of times I've made it it's sunken in the middle while cooking... Just wondering what I'm doing wrong lately ( I'm not opening the oven while cooking and I'm using the same oven etc)?

19/2/13 1:09 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have tried to make this cake twice and everytime it turns out dense and like a banana pudding, very dense and hardly risen! I only put 1 cup of sugar in and it was brown sugar....could that be the reason it's not working? Help!!!

24/3/13 3:53 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I was wondering if this would work as a two tier cake?? Is it heavy enough to hold the top tier? They are 10inch and 6 inch square??
Thanks mel

29/7/13 7:58 am  
Blogger Brad said...

What can I say I am a newbie here and a very novice cook to say the least getting the cooking bug latley just made my second pizza in my life came out a lot better than the first lol, then felt like something sweet found this great site and recipe, so easy even for me was so Delicious thank you so much for this website just what I was looking for. Thanks

8/9/13 4:48 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this recipe. I have used this ten times so far, I have tried so many other banana cake recipes, but this one is perfect. I use brown sugar instead of castor. Thanks!

22/11/13 11:17 am  
Blogger Unknown said...

This cake is absolutely amazing! I made a few edits/additions:
added 1/4 cup fine coconut
1/2 or more of dark chocolate chips
and replaced the buttermilk with cream but reduced the butter to 100g

It was soo good~!

22/10/15 4:17 pm  
Blogger Cookie said...

Hi excellent banana cake as is all your recipes FANTASTIC!!! Just wondering can I use this recipe to make cupcakes

4/2/17 11:41 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe as it turned out delicious. I’ve made it twice now. The first time it came out moist and dense whereas the second time it came out very fluffy ( still delicious). Can you tell me why it turned out fluffy as opposed to sense? Thanks

2/6/18 6:15 pm  
Blogger Laura said...

This is my go-to recipe for Banana cake. It’s so quick and simple to make. However, I do reduce the sugar to 250gm and use brown sugar instead of white. Absolutely delicious!! Thanks for sharing!

17/9/18 4:08 pm  
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