Banana Cake

banana cake slice

Banana cake is one of my favourite cakes. I get so hooked on to its texture and flavour. Very rarely do we get overripe unspoilt bananas in my house. The Philippine bananas that we get here in Qatar get spoilt ever so quickly.

So whenever they become overripe without getting spoilt,  I try making this cake. This is one of the delicious ways to use up overripe bananas.

Adding sugar to the recipe is totally dependent on the sweetness of the bananas. As my bananas were not over sweet, I added ¾th cup of sugar. You can reduce or increase sugar in the recipe by 1-2 tbsps depending on the bananas.

There is nothing new in this recipe, except that mashed bananas are added to the usual plain cake batter. But the end result is so soft, moist and cute with black specks from the banana. I normally use raw cane sugar, which gives my cake a kind of brownish tint.

Hubby and kids do not like fruits in cakes. So it’s always me, myself cake.  In reality, the banana flavour in the cake seemed muted coz of the vanilla. I kept a piece of cake out to see how long it keeps at room temperature.

It stayed good for 5 days and started to mould on the 6th day. So 4 days at room temperature could be kind of safe. But I normally transfer it to the refrigerator after the second day where it keeps good for a week.

Omitting the bananas and increasing the sugar by 2tbsp  will give you the basic plain cake. My recipe coming up soon, but you can give it a go if you are looking for a plain cake recipe.

Over to the recipe…

Banana cake
1 cup = 250ml
This banana cake turns out so soft and moist with a tempting banana flavor. Perfect with a cup of tea
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Keyword: How to make cake with banana, Soft and moist banana cake
Servings: 20 slices
Author: Hema Magesh
  • 1 cup All Purpose flour/Maida
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar, powdered
  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup (113g) butter
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanila sugar/extract
  • Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together. Prepare a square 6" pan by lining with parchment paper. Mash the bananas and keep aside. Preheat the oven at 170°C for 10 minutes.
    Banana cake prep steps 1&2
  • In a wider vessel, cream the butter and sugar till pale and light. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well till it gets fluffy. Add the milk and beat for a minute or two.
    Banana cake prep steps 3&4
  • Now add the mashed bananas and fold into the mixture. Then add vanilla and the sifted flour in thirds and fold lightly till everything gets incorporated.
    Banana cake prep steps 5&6
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake at 170°C for 35-40 minutes till an wooden skewer comes out clean.
    Banana cake prep steps 7&8
  • Cool down completely on a wire rack before slicing it up.
    Banana cake prep steps 9&10
  • The cake stays good for 4 days at room temperature.
    banana cake slices

Hema’s P.S

  • Though I normally bake all my cakes at 180°C, for this one I reduced the temperature  to 170°C as it has a tendency to brown up quickly. Even then I had to cover the top with Aluminium foil to prevent over browning.
  • Ensure that your eggs are always at room temperature to prevent curdling while beating.
  • After adding the mashed bananas, the mixture did curdle a bit but got rectified as I added the flour next.
  • There were small pieces of banana here and there, but they did not show up or taste different in the cake.
  • Milk is added to loosen up the batter. You can avoid it if the consistency of the batter is right.
  • The centre of the cake took quite a bit to completely cook. Until you get a clean skewer keep baking, else you will end up with uncooked cake. Increase time if needed. 
  • The top of the cake seemed a bit too moist. I would suggest that you chip off the top after slicing so that it does not mould soon.


Check out my Eggless Chocolate Cake recipe…


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12 Responses

  1. kanchana says:

    Din know that even over-ripe bananas cud be converted to tasty cakes😋. Hats off to ur innovative cooking hems👌👏👌

  2. Gowri says:

    Just went through the banana cake recipe hema.i will prepare and will send u the feedback. Any ripe banana we can use ah? Can u suggest which banana will taste good fr making cake?

    • hema says:

      Ya gowri, you can use any over ripe sweet bananas.I think our moris or pacha nadan variety bananas will be a good choice.

  3. Preethi John says:

    Wonderful, soft, moist cake. I made it today.
    Alterations I made-
    Added half the proportion of butter and half portion coconut oil
    One pinch more of baking soda
    Microwave oven preheated to 200 degrees centigrade, then baked for 20 min.
    Perfectly browned and well cooked

    Thank you so much Hema!

    • hema says:

      Good to know that it came out well for you. Thank you Preethi for the alterations suggested and your update on baking in the microwave oven.

  4. Malini says:

    I made this cake 2days back and here I am making another batch again. It was yummy and soft. It was my first attempt at baking a banana cake and I’m glad I chose this recipe. It was easy to follow and I think I’ll be a master of this cake very soon. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Vinodh says:

    Hi Sis, your recipe worked perfectly and the cake was finished in about a day and half. Even Adi, my 4 year old son, who decides what to eat by look and smell, took multiple servings. Your recipe posting are easy to follow and works like a charm 👍

  6. Rebecca Jones says:

    What causes the black specks? I had the same thing happen to mine.

    • Hema says:

      Thats bcoz of oxidation. I thought they looked cute on the cake😀. If you want to avoid it dont let them sit after mashing. Mash just before you need them.In this way, you can reduce the specks considerably.

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