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The Best Easy-to-Make Moist Banana Cake Recipe

So that novices can't go wrong, Esther enjoys devising and sharing straightforward, simple recipes that quickly yield great results.

Banana cake that is so moist and so yummy!

Banana cake that is so moist and so yummy!

Easy Banana Cake Recipe

This recipe needs no mixer, and it's still quick and easy to make. It produces the most delectably moist, succulent cake.

It's great for using up any overripe bananas and is so delicious you might want to routinely set aside a couple of fresh bananas just so that you have an excuse to make it more often!

STOP! Don't Throw Out Those Overripe Bananas!

Cooking Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

45 min

1 hour

8 delicious slices (approx)


  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed with a fork
  • 125g butter
  • 150g sugar, Muscovado sugar is great for this recipe but any sugar you have handy still makes a great cake
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, whisked with a fork
  • 190g self-raising flour
  • 1 large pinch of nutmeg (optional but recommended)
  • 1 large pinch of mixed spice (optional but recommended)
Amazingly these "past their sell-by date" bananas can make the most delicious moist cake.  Yum!

Amazingly these "past their sell-by date" bananas can make the most delicious moist cake. Yum!

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Preheating Your Oven

I always use a mini/toaster oven for this recipe because it heats up more quickly and is much more economical to run that a regular/large oven when baking or cooking smaller amounts of food. For this recipe, you need to preheat your oven to 170C or Gas Mark 3.


  1. Grease a 2 lb loaf pan or cake tin and line it with greaseproof paper to ease removal of cake after baking.
  2. Place butter, sugar and vanilla in a small saucepan and place over medium heat until butter melts and then remove the saucepan from heat. Mix well.
  3. Add the mashed overripe bananas, mix well.
  4. Add the whisked/beaten egg. Again, mix well.
  5. Stir in the flour, plus optional nutmeg and mixed spice. Mix well.
  6. Finally, place the cake mixture in the prepared tin and place in a pre-heated oven or toaster/mini oven to 170 C or Gas Mark 3.
  7. Check on the cake after it has been in the oven for 35 minutes and cover with foil if the top of the cake has reached a rich brown colour (to prevent further browning).
  8. Bake for a total of 45 minutes (or until a skewer comes out clean when tested). You can also top it with a ginger buttercream icing recipe (shown below).

Serving Suggestions

  • This same moist banana cake recipe can also be used as a birthday cake, in which case you could add an easy to make flavourful ginger butter icing topping (details below the cake recipe). Unique and Yummy.
  • This banana cake is scrumptious just on its own. However, if you ever fancy a change you might try serving it as a dessert with ice cream, cream, or custard.

Ginger Buttercream Frosting


  • 75g butter (NB: butter should be soft/room temperature—i.e. not straight from the fridge
  • 150g icing sugar
  • 2 dessertspoons of ginger preserve/jam (for a somewhat textured/chewy/ sweeter topping) OR 1 teaspoon ground ginger (for a smooth icing)
  • a pinch of cinnamon (optional)


  1. Place the butter in a mixing bowl and gradually beat in the icing sugar (with a wooden spoon or electric whisk) until light and fluffy.
  2. Stir in the ginger preserve/jam OR ground ginger (and optional cinnamon if wanted) and mix well.
  3. Spread over cake—enjoy!


  • How about making two cakes and using the buttercream icing as a filling between the two cakes—or make some extra cream icing and put some on the top too.
  • You can replace the ginger preserve/jam with other flavourings. Maybe experiment with marmalade, plum or strawberry jam, or replace the ground ginger with nutmeg/mixed spices.
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© 2013 Esther Strong

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