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Banana Cake Recipe from the UK

Banana Cake topped with icing
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Banana Cake topped with icing

A fruity and moist banana cake that all the family will love. This UK recipe is topped with cream cheese icing. Step by step pictures and instructions make this recipe easy to bake and healthy.


Ingredients for Banana Cake
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Ingredients for Banana Cake

3 medium ripe bananas (approx. 400g / 14oz)

300g / 10oz self-raising flour

150g / 5oz soft butter

150g / 5oz Demerara sugar

2 medium eggs (at room temperature)

80g / 3oz walnuts or sultanas

2 teaspoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil


125g / 4½oz full fat soft cheese

75 g / 2½oz butter

200g / 7 oz icing (confectioners) sugar

Half a teaspoon of vanilla essence

Nutrition information per portion
: 15 minutes
COOKING TIME: 50 minutes
SERVINGS: 8 - 10 servings
EQUIPMENT: 1 large bowl to mix the ingredients
900g loaf tin (see picture below). Size (measured at the top) is 25cm by 11cm and 6½cm deep.
Small amount of greaseproof baking paper.


The butter must be soft. The best way to achieve this is to measure out the butter an hour or so before it is needed and leave it at room temperature. If this is not possible, break up the butter with a fork and beat it for a minute or so. If all else fails, put it in a bowl and float the bowl in warm water.

Turn the oven on, setting it to 180°C / Fan 160°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4.

Next, grease the loaf tin with margarine or butter, and line the tin with greaseproof baking paper. It's not essential to cover 100% of the tin but make sure that it lays as flat as possible on the inside of the tin.



Peel the bananas and mash them with a fork until they are really mushy. It's easier if the bananas are ripe but not essential.

Chop up the walnuts reasonably finely. Sultanas can be used as an alternative if you have a nut allergy.

Mashed bananas
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Mashed bananas


Place the butter and Demerara sugar into a mixing bowl and blend together with a fork. The idea here is to mix the two ingredients thoroughly and at the same time incorporate as much air into the mixture as possible.

Mixing with a fork in a figure of eight shape will help to incorporate air into the cake mix.

Add sugar to the mixture
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Add sugar to the mixture


Stir in the bananas and chopped walnuts or sultanas and mix thoroughly. Add one egg and sift in half of the flour. Mix thoroughly in a figure of eight. Add the remaining flour, egg and lemon juice then mix again in a figure of eight.

Now the magic touch! Add the two tablespoons of olive or vegetable oil and mix thoroughly again in a figure of eight with a fork. The oil will keep the cake moist.

Complete the Banana Cake Mixture
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Complete the Banana Cake Mixture


Pour the mixture into the loaf tin, smooth it level and place in the pre-heated oven for 50 minutes.

After that time take it out of the oven and test that it is cooked. Do this by piercing the cake with a fork or skewer - if it comes out clean with no bits of the cake attached, it's cooked. If not cook for another 5 minutes and retest.

Some people have commented that this banana cake takes up to 1 hour 15 minutes to bake so don't be concerned if it's the same for you. Different ovens and slightly different ingredients are the cause of this.

Just keep checking every five or ten minutes. When you remove the cake out from the oven, take it out of the tin and place it on a wire rack or something similar. This will stop the cake sweating and getting damp - it really does make a difference.

Allow the cake an hour or so to cool down before icing it.

Banana Cake without icing
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Banana Cake without icing


Make the icing by pouring the icing sugar, soft cheese, butter and vanilla into a bowl and mixing it all together with a fork.

Spoon the icing onto the cake and spread it evenly with a knife. Pop a row of cherries or walnuts on the top if you want to decorate it.

Cooked and iced Banana Cake
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Cooked and iced Banana Cake

35 RATINGS GIVEN - AVERAGE 4.5 star rating
four star rating
2 May 2021
From: June
Thank you so much. I have trawled for ages to find one so fine, Yum Yum.
five star rating
12 June 2021
From: Lyn
Easy to make I baked in a 7in sandwich tin and added chocolate butter icing in the center and grated chocolate on top. It looked great and tasted fantastic.
five star rating
01 July 2021
From: Gill
We LOVE this cake and I make it more often than any other. I add chocolate chips along with the walnuts and it makes even more yummy.
five star rating
22 September 2021
From: Wendy
I make this banana cake with my little boy, its simple to make and really tasty. I do leave out the oil, I feel its unnecessary. I do add mixed spice to enhance the flavour.
five star rating
24 September 2021
From: Kirstie
This cake is fab my kids love it. My husband often takes it to work to (share) if there is enough after he's took his share!
five star rating
30 September 2021
From: Janice
Love it, i did it once at school a long time ago now lol, and remembered 2 look it up and i finally made it, lol.
five star rating
2 October 2011
From: Christine
Your key points state no to freezing but I have frozen this cake without the topping and it is just as good afterwards. Simply thaw and put the topping on when required.
five star rating
8 October 2021
From: Kerry
I made this cake and wanted to take in into work, needless to say that only half made it to work and there were many sulking faces when there was not enough to go round. Its a winner in our book. I'm making 2 more today.
five star rating
2 November 2021
From: Jane
I need the size of the loaf tin.
Answer: Thanks for pointing that out. The recipe has been updated - the size (measured at the top) is 25cm by 11cm and 6½cm deep.
five star rating
4 November 2021
From: Not Given
This cake is simply fantastic, I was looking 4 a cake to make 4 my brother's little girl. I saw dis one and after making it everybody loved it.
five star rating
8 November 2021
From: Liz
Really nice.
five star rating
20 November 2021
From: Tasha
I followed this recipe and instead of a loaf tin, pit it on cases and made banana cup cakes! Delicious!
Not Given
21 November 2021
From: Linda
Thank you so much the recipe is superb.
five star rating
22 December 2021
From: Andy (the first)
I am ashamed to say.....but this was my first cake making experience. Really easy to follow and a scrumptious result! I've got the bug! Move aside Delia!
five star rating
25 December 2021
From: Lily
A very easy recipe for making a cake! I was totally thrilled by the result came out! Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe :) For cake topping, I used the cinnamon butter instead of regular butter, and I didn't put sugar in it because cinnamon butter has already included sugar. It's actually delicious! I love a bit of cinnamon spice with it!
five star rating
16 January 2022
From: Paul
Served this cake up for our guests afternoon tea here in Lapland! Went down a treat ;D
five star rating
21 January 2022
From: Ian D
Love this cake, whenever I have some bananas left over and going a bit black in the fruit bowl it's a good excuse to make this cake.
five star rating
31 March 2013
From: Franny
The canteen at work sometimes make some, and I couldn't find any already made so I bought banana and mixed one for me even if I am a bad cook. It was so easy that now I make one every week end to have a slice every morning when commuting. Lovely.
five star rating
3 March 2013
From: Not Given
Great cake, made many times :)
five star rating
22 April 2012
From: Simbi
This recipe is so Easy and quick. Thank you so much For The recipe. Finally, my husband has faith in my baking.
five star rating
06 May 2012
From: Joshua
I love it was so yum yum i had it for my dinner at work before i came home it was gone. I didn't cook it in loaf tin i cooked it in cake tin yummy xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoo
Not Given
15 June 2012
From: Sarah
Great taste good. I just put all the ingredients in one mixer bowl and mixed it for 2 mins on high and it came out brilliantly. Wouldn't add the oil next time as I don't think it needs it.
four star rating
17 July 2012
From: Ki
Great for using up ripe bananas that no one wants to eat and it's lovely and simple to use! Perfect for afternoon tea!
five star rating
11 October 2012
From: Not Given
five star rating
4 January 2013
From: Jack
Good, made this 4 my mum she loved it.

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