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Moist Banana Cake Recipe: so easy to make

Updated on March 16, 2016

Delicious Moist Banana Cake Recipe


STOP! - Don't throw out those overripe bananas!

This recipe is quick and easy to make and produces a most delectable 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!

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 flavoursome ginger butter icing topping (details below the cake recipe). Unique and Yummy.

This banana cake is yummy 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.

NB: If you have a Toaster/Mini Oven, you can bake this cake in it and save energy/utility charges as compared with using a large regular oven.

INGREDIENTS - Moist Banana Cake Recipe

  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 125g butter
  • 150g sugar, - Muscovado Sugar is great for this recipe but any sugar you have handy still make a great cake
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 190g Self Raising Flour
  • large pinch of nutmeg (optional but recommended)
  • large pinch of mixed spice (optional but recommended)

An additional small Toaster/Mini Oven is great for busy holiday times or if you just don't want to fire up your regular large oven.

COOK TIME - Banana Cake Recipe

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: approx 8 slices

* Before you begin, Pre-heat the oven or Toaster/Mini Oven - 170C or Gas Mark 3

INSTRUCTIONS for Moist Banana Cake

  1. Grease a 2 lb loaf pan or cake tin and line it with grease proof paper to ease removal of cake after baking
  2. Place butter, sugar and vanilla in a small saucepan and place over a medium heat until butter melts and then remove the saucepan from heat. Mix well.
  3. Add the mashed overripe bananas, mixing well.
  4. Add the 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 pre-heated oven or toaster/mini oven - 170 C OR Gas Mark 3
  7. NB: 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 colouring).
  8. Bake for a total of 45 minutes (or until a skewer comes out clean when tested). ***** scroll down for optional cake topping - Ginger Butter Cream Icing Recipe *****
4.3 stars from 3 ratings of this Banana Cake Recipe

Banana Cake - very moist and so yummy!


GINGER BUTTER CREAM ICING - optional topping


  • 75g butter (NB: butter should be soft/room temperature - i.e.not straight from fridge)

  • 150g icing sugar

  • 2 dessertspoons of ginger preserve/jam (for a delicious somewhat chewy icing) OR 1 teaspoon gound ginger (for a smooth icing)

  • a pinch of cinnamon (optional)

Ginger Butter Cream Icing


  1. Place all 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!

Variations - of course you can replace the ginger preserve/jam with other flavourings, maybe experiment with marmalade or strawberry jam.

Do you normally make good use of overripe bananas?

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© 2013 Esther Strong

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      Todd 3 weeks ago

      Thank you Esther so very much for this amazing recipe. I have finally found the ultimate banana bread recipe. I am enjoying it as we speak, first attempt! Goes so well with a cream cheese icing (yes slightly varied, with icing sugar and freshly grated ginger). It's much better than the usual café fare banana bread. Thanks and all the best. Happy cooking!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 17 months ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, Esther. Will do. Can't wait to try this recipe.

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      Esther Strong 17 months ago from UK


      I have never made the cake using the measurements you wish to use and I don't want to guess and give you wrong information, so I suggest you search - sweet2eat baking uk us conversion - for a page which will give you conversions for a wide variety of ingredients from grams to cups, and more. Hope it helps, and thanks for dropping by.

      PS: I've just edited the recipe to recommend using Muscovado Sugar. It's great with any sugar but Muscovado is my personal favourite.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 17 months ago from Washington, DC

      I've never had luck with banana bread but this recipe gives me hope. It looks easy enough. The only help I'll need from you, Esther, is measurement translation: butter, sugar, and flour. How many sticks and cups, respectively. Thank you much. It looks so yummy and moist.

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      Tra 2 years ago

      Banana bread (baanna loaf) is a bit more dense and heavier than baanna cake. Both are very moist and that comes from the baannas themselves. Be sure to use ripe baannas (the ones that have the dark skins, that look like they should be thrown out they are much sweeter when they are like that.)My grandmother used to make the most delicious baanna cake. It used cake pastry flour (not all purpose flour), and it was light and tender, not as heavy as baanna bread. I have made it, and I liked it with a buttercream frosting or a 7-minute icing that is done in a doube boiler.So many people rave about carrot cake (which is delicious, no question about that), but baanna cake is in a class of its own if it is HOME MADE (from scratch, not from a mix.)

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      Esther Strong 3 years ago from UK

      Thanks Moon Daisy - you won't be disappointed.

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      Moon Daisy 3 years ago from London

      This looks so nice, I'm tempted to stop what I'm doing and make it right now!

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      Esther Strong 4 years ago from UK

      Hi Peachpurple

      I note what you say - not sure I'm up to the challenge though! Thanks for the vote and for dropping by.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      You could bake so well, sell them on eBay and I am sure you will get daily sales which you could hardly handle !!!! Voted up

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      Esther Strong 4 years ago from UK

      Hi Rajan - I'm happy to share one of our favourite recipes. So glad you liked it and for your support.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      The banana cake looks very moist and yummy, Esther. Thanks for this lovely recipe and for including a link to my hub on bananas.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared. Also, including a link to this recipe in my banana hub. Rated 5 stars too.