Easy Moist Banana Cake Recipe

banana cake

Banana bread is an absolute favourite of mine, it is a brilliant way to use up leftover brown bananas and I often buy lots of extra bananas just so we can make banana cake. This banana loaf is so moist and delicious that it never lasts long here, I often double the recipe and freeze the second loaf to grab out of the freezer when we want a treat (I have done this in the pictures hence why there is 4 eggs in the photos below).

 

Tip: A great tip from some of my lovely commenters is to pop foil over the cake for the first 20 minutes or so, to ensure the top doesn’t go too brown.

 

Ingredients:

  • 125g butter
  • 200g white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas (mashed)
  • Few drops vanilla essence
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 185g self-raising flour

Easy Banana Cake Loaf Recipe

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180* (170* fan). Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the eggs one at a time  and then mix in the mashed banana and a few drops of vanilla essence.
  3. Add the flour, milk and bicarbonate of soda and mix until just combined.
  4. Pour mixture into a greased loaf tin and bake for approx. 40 minutes or until cake springs back when touched in the middle.
  5. Allow to cool. When cooled, slice and serve on its own or spread with a little butter.

 

Variations:

This recipe is amazing with fudge chunks or white chocolate chips!

 

L x

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111 Comments

    • Sri Azura says:

      Very easy to follow recipe and instructions. (: I’m an avid fan of moist banana cake and I’m so glad I can make it myself now. ^_^

      I tried it last night and it turned out perfect! Only difference I did was replaced the milk with buttermilk and I didnt have enough castor sugar so I mixed with brown sugar and the result was amazing! My family love it and I’m gonna bake this again. Thank u This Mummy! (:

    • Vicki says:

      This cake is delicious. Made it twice now and had loads of compliments. It really is moist. I added chocolate chip chunks which was fab!

    • Hattie says:

      I have used this recipe a number if times and it’s absolutely fab. Have sometimes added blueberries with excellent results. Great recipe that works every time.

  1. Chutneypicklelicious says:

    Just made this cake with my kids and it turned out fantastic! I added crushed almonds and chocolate Chips which gave the cake a great crunch.

  2. kath says:

    Made your banana cake last week. It was delicious. Very moist – requests for more from the family! Thoroughly recommend. Going to make enough for 2 next time!!

  3. charlotte says:

    Just made this cake even though im not a banana fan and it was lovely all the family enjoyed it it was gone in 2 days. Making another with fudge pieces.

  4. Dee says:

    Ok, so I am new to baking, its not my forte but thought I would give it a go with some easy ish recipes… so forgive silly questions;

    1) White sugar? just granulated or castor
    2) Milk, semi skimmed or full fat.

    A general baking question when needing to use milk in recipes, what milk to people use or does it make no odds.. Also when you use butter in recipe, do you use salted or non salted?

    I warned you I was a novice .. but thank you in advance :)

    • Laurenne says:

      Hi hun, no problem at all – there are no silly questions!

      1) Just granulated sugar yes (I’ll add this to the recipe sorry!)
      2) Any that you have.

      When people say milk in recipes unless it calls for a particular type I’d just use whatever you have in. In cakes like this where it is a just a small amount it tends just to be for the moisture so you wouldn’t really notice a difference. In things like a cheese sauce where a lot of milk is used using whole milk is going to be creamier than skimmed but obviously heavier on fat / calories so it is your choice really which to use.

      When a recipe just calls for butter I presume it to be salted, if it needs to be unsalted it will usually say so. I have on occasion used salted when it calls for unsalted as I never have unsalted butter in the fridge and often bake on a whim and I haven’t had any problems doing that.

      Hope this helps and fire away if there is ever anything else, L x

    • Diana says:

      Tweaked the recipe using shifted wholemeal self raising flour leaving out the brown bits and made a couple of cupcakes with same mixture and it was so light and fluffy a big hit with us. Going to try using rice flour as one of the family is allergic to wheat.

  5. May says:

    Hi, tried your recipe today but my cake turned out quite dense (as opposed to fluffy) as opposed to fluffy. I used normal all purpose flour instead of self – raising flour and just curious if that caused the cake to not rise?

    • Laurenne says:

      Did you add any baking powder? If you just used plain flour rather than self raising that would be why I’d think. To convert plain flour to self raising add 2 teaspoons of baking powder for every 150g of plain flour. Hope this helps, L x

  6. Mick says:

    Thanks for a great recipe.

    I was a little surprised at how loose the mixture was, but stuck to your recipe rather than adding more flour ( as I was tempted to ). So glad I did! Absolutely delicious, and wonderfully moist cake.

    Next time I make this ( and that will be soon ) I’m going to add a tablespoonful of finely chopped glace ginger.

  7. kim says:

    This is by far the vest banana cake i have ever made, so many compliments on it, however it did take 1hr & 20 mins to cook and i did need to cover it with foil after a while to stop it from burning, deffo making again and again and again.

  8. Jacqui says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe , it was so easy to follow and I’ve just eaten my first piece yum!yum! Yummmmmmmm! I know I’ll be making this cake again.

    This cake is not one you should keep to yourself so I ‘ve just sent a link to my sister.
    Thank u x

      • Janet says:

        I am a 58 year old mummy Cant get rid of 29 year old daughter !
        Recently taken up baking again, due to ill health. Cake was so delicious and moist and oh so easy! Am adding sultanas this week, see how it goes. Thanks for giving me a new lease of life !

  9. Happykitchen says:

    First time try this recipe and we baked it at 1hr10min. Cake turned out so great -moist and delicious will defo make again and again! Very happy with this:) x
    Ps. We bake first 40min then cover the top with foil paper so the cake will not too brown :)

  10. Mimzzy says:

    HI Laurenne,
    So moist!!! Love it!!! One thing tho, the picture had 4 eggs, but recipe said 2 eggs. So I put 2 large eggs, just in case. My kids love it to crumbs!

    Thanks.

  11. Helen says:

    Hi Laurenne
    Was searching the internet for a tasty banana cake recipe and have come across your one.
    Read all the reviews and they amde my mind up to make your one :)
    So have just made it and it was really easy to do.
    I have made them before but just couldn’t remember the correct quantities
    So now it’s in the oven smelling gorgeous,
    Thanks for posting your recipe and all the variations in the above comments as will definately be trying some of the especially adding chocolate chips into it as that does sound yummy
    Helen

    • Wendy says:

      Hi Laurenne,
      Just made your Banana cake and the smell of it in the oven has sent my husband crazy as I haven’t baked for ages. I used wholemeal S.R. flour and it’s given it a lovely nutty flavour, delicious!

      Thanks

  12. Wendy says:

    Hi Laurenne ,
    Just made your Banana cake and the smell of it in the oven has sent my husband crazy as I haven’t baked for ages. I used wholemeal S.R. flour and it has given it a nutty flavour, delicious!
    Thanks.

  13. mini says:

    Your recipe sounds easy and delicious.Will be making it today. Can we add a tsp of lemon juice to the bananas while mashing so that they don’t change color .

  14. Sharon says:

    hi Laurenne, thanks for sharing, would like to try to make it later ^^ but i have a question, is the size of the banana matters or effect on the banana cake? because i have tried different recipe and my banana cake is dense :( but i am not sure whats make my banana cake dense..anyhw, can let me noe, the size of the ripe banana? thanks ^^

    • Laurenne says:

      Banana cakes in general do seem to be pretty dense, I love that though! You can use any size really, but I would go for smaller bananas or less if you want it less dense. Sorry I’m not much help! L x

      • Mick says:

        I’ve played with a lot of banana cake recipes, and I particularly like this one because it is so very moist.

        From experience I’ve found that you can get a slightly less dense cake by adding a teaspoonful of baking powder and using an electric whisk to introduce plenty of air into the cake mixture. However you’ll need to keep an eye on it as it will rise and brown quickly ~ you might need to cover it with foil or baking paper after 20 minutes.

  15. Sian says:

    Thank you, makes a lovely cake. This is the second time I’ve used your recipe and I split it into two cake tins and added some cream cheese frosting- it’s gone down very well!

  16. sue says:

    I made your recipe last week & the kids adored it as a after school treat or for a yummy breakfast served with a portion of fruit , they liked it so much I have another one baking in the oven right now . Thank you

  17. Sheila says:

    About to make it for the 2nd time because it was so good first time, we loved it (and my husband is a chef,) Going to have help this time with my 2 year old.
    Thank you

  18. Wendy says:

    Made this banana cake earlier, and can honestly say it absolutely gorgeous, will definately be making more of your receipes. Keep up the good work.

  19. Sheena says:

    Easy to make delicious moist banana cake.
    Made for the first time today, I don’t think it will last very long, hubby and kids love it!
    Thank you for sharing your recipe

  20. Katy says:

    Made it yesterday and was fantastic I add the chocolate chip and walnuts and defo gave an extra taste, also put the aluminium foil after 30 min to stop burning the top and it worked , thank you!

  21. Louise palmer says:

    I used gluten free flour, split it between two tins and put it together with vanilla icing. My 13 yr old fussy banana hater child loved it. So fluffy and light. Thank you so much for sharing. It’s definitely one I would make again.

  22. Tricia Hillier says:

    I made your cake following your instructions for myself my partner kids and grankids and was going to leave a reply that saying just simply flippin gorgeous but I thought u should know this…I work in palliative end of life care , caring for terminally ill cancer patients one night when setting off to care for an elderly lady cancer patient I took some of your cake with me on the chance she may feel well enough to try it when I arrived it was handed over to me she had still not eaten , I gave her the cake she said she would try it she ate a bit and put it down within a min or 2 she picked it bk up and ate happily until it was gone she loved it as a result has asked if I would b kind enough to think of her when making again needless to say I have more in the oven this very moment I just thought u should know this and wanted to say ty for a truly scrummy recipe xx

    • Laurenne says:

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment Tricia. What a lovely thing to let me know, I am so thrilled she liked it, and so glad your family do too. I will think of this whenever I make it now. L x

  23. Sheila Orourke says:

    I have just made this cake. I am a lover of banana cake and this looks nice and easy and I have to confess that I did put in some large chunks of white chocolate. I have another 20 minutes can’t wait.

  24. Stephanie says:

    I’m just about to make this cake but realised I don’t have any bicarbonate soda, will it be possible to make cake without it?

    • Laurenne says:

      I have never tried, but on Googling a few people have said to try substituting with baking powder if you have it – same quantity. Let me know if its works! L x

  25. Deborah glover says:

    I have just made this cake bit brown on top but will remember your tip next time I’m going to do a walnut. Cream cover cake with it and walnuts to we will have it later after our evening meal hope it taste nice as it looks I’m sur it will be fine

  26. Colin Honestwelsh says:

    What can I say, wife has said she will leave Me if I make any more of these cakes, She said it’s me or the cakes.? But Honestly I am going to miss her! Colin (Wales)

  27. John says:

    Think your recipe is great and loved by the grand kids too. But would like some advice please. My cake is always very soggy on top after the stipulated baking time, so I extend the baking time to resolve this,but not sure whether I should be doing that. Grandad John

  28. Jeanette says:

    Had some ripe bananas and found your recipe. I used soft brown sugar cos I didn’t have white. It is delicious! I have just retired so have more time to cook. I will definitely make this again and maybe add chocolate chips next time. Thanks.

  29. Kath says:

    Well what can I say I looked though a few online receipes of banana cake/loaf and I picked this one and so glad i did it was so easy and quick to use and not only came out just as it should do the steps was easy to follow and tasted great :) I had friends over who all had a try of it and loved it I will be making it again :) I did how ever use caster sugar not granulated sugar ? And found this still worked well I am a wedding cake maker and wanted to try didn’t sponges and loafs and bread x
    Thank you for a great page and great display on how to bake x look forward to more.

  30. Kath says:

    I just had to make this again tonight as my family was all going on at me :)
    But this time I’ve added chocolate chips to the middle and on top of the cake
    Can’t wait to see how this tastes
    I’m gonna make up some hot toffee sauce and drip over the top too just to give it a more sweet taste :) x
    Also thinking I can add a scoop of ice cream on the side as extra x

  31. Shaz says:

    I’ve just made your cake for the second time. And I must admit……simply the best. I also experimented by putting chocolate chips and chopped up apple. MARVELLOUS!! I’m not much of a baker, but this recipe will turn me into an expert banana cake baker :0)

    • Wendy Moloney says:

      Just made again for the…..well lost count now….but dded some chocolate chips this time, well let you know how it turns out. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  32. nicky says:

    I add raisins to my mixture, once baked and cooled i drizzle a little icing sugar over the top. Lovely if you have a sweet tooth and lovely with a cuppa.

  33. Pearl says:

    thanks so much for the recipe :) i added semi sweet chocolate chunks and lessen my sugar by 50g. it turned out great! my grandparents & boyfriend loved it

  34. Sharon says:

    I’m one of those people that just can’t cook! But this cake was a success. I left it in longer and put foil over it as it want ready in 40 mins. I can’t stop eating it and the children think I’m amazing. Thank you

  35. Emma Gaywood says:

    We had a batch of over ripe bananas and decided to use your recipe with a twist. My Aunty and I baked this afternoon switching milk for dark rum, half light brown sugar half white and we threw in some choc chips. We had to cook for an extra 10 mins and it looks and tastes delicious. Moist as promised and we were happy to let it brown to a crunchy dark crust. Thank you!

  36. Lyndsay says:

    Best banana cake recipe ever!! Just made this in shallow loaf tin and spooned leftover mixture into muffin cases and once cooled topped with icing.. Oh my so moist my WHOLE family enjoyed every single bite (and that is very rare!!) thanks again xx

  37. Gemma says:

    this is brilliant! took a chance and made it for a team running a Scout event over the weekend and it went down a treat! It was perfectly moist and so easy to make – i just stuck to the recipe! Just wish I had made two at the same time!!!!

  38. Val says:

    Been looking for a easy recipe for banana cake and have found yours, I made it today every one loved it, I will defiantly be making it again, I’ve seen lots of your recipes which I will be trying very soon thank you ,

  39. Sarah says:

    Made it this afternoon with some seriously ripe bananas, probably 4 in total which I whizzed with a blender and therefore did not need the milk. I reduced the sugar to 160g, which was fine, and added a packet of chocolate chips. Very sloppy mix but cake came out after 40 minutes very nicely and moist. Very easy recipe, will do again.

  40. Julie says:

    Hi I am deaf, i have make banana cake , it so lovely also it easy, but problem
    125g =?
    200g=?
    185g=?
    Bec I rather weight like 2oz not g ok thank you
    Julie

  41. Nikki says:

    A group of friends & myself walk Marathons for charity. We spend a lot of time discussing and (extensively !!! ) testing different types of food to keep us going and which travel well. I’m very pleased to say that slices of your banana cake come out top of the list at about 15 miles when spirits are dipping and we still have a long way to go!!! It also travels well in a ‘bum bag’ …
    Our next Big Walk is the ‘Moonwalk’ in London in May and banana cake is on the list already, so any other readers out there doing it, highly recommend taking some with you .
    3 of the group are real cake makers, but I have held my own with this cake and have now shared the recipe with several others.
    I tend to mash & freeze any over ripe bananas we have with a drop of lemon juice and defrost them as I need them.
    Love your web site ,
    Thank you

  42. Yvonne L says:

    Hi, I’m tempted to give this a try given the raves from all your readers. You mentioned “mix until just combined”. Does this mean you do not use the electric mixer and avoid over-mixing even when using hand? Cheers!

  43. Annie says:

    I have to agree that this is one of the easiest and yummiest recipes around!! I have been baking Banana cake for a while using various recipes and this one is by far the easiest, quickest and most moist! My only problem is ensuring that my 11 year old leaves some for his younger siblings! Keep them coming Laurenne!!

  44. Lyn & Mitz says:

    Hi i made your Banana cake i to only put in half of the sugar i also made this with Gluten Free Flour and some extra baking powder and it turned ok brill my farther in law had never had a Banana Cake and he really LOVED IT going to try more of your recipes with Gluten Free Flour keep up the good work

  45. Lynda says:

    I made this cake this morning, I melted the butter and added it to the beaten eggs and sugar, (my butter was straight from the fridge) and it has made a deliciously light and moist cake, I don’t think it will last long!

  46. Joanne Chee says:

    Dear Laurenne, just want to say thank you for sharing the recipe. I tried them today and yes, it is a success! I followed the instructions very closely and happy with the outcome. Too bad I couldn’t upload the pictures here to show you. Taste yummy and moist. Already had two slices (one on its own and one with butter) with a cuppa tea. Ps: I am a newbie in baking, only tried three times in making cupcakes. Cheers xx

    • Laurenne says:

      Thanks for your comment Joanne, so glad you liked it! I am going to have a word with my husband tonight about if we can add a way for you to share pictures because I’d love to see the results when people try my recipes! Thanks for the idea, L x

  47. Mommy2004 says:

    Just made your yummy banana cake with my daughter. Recipe is easy enough for my 9 yr old to follow so she feels totally involved. We added an extra banana and choc chips and it tasted great, daughter asked for more. If all baking was this simple and this tasty you would have to drag me away from my kitchen. Thanks :)

  48. Charlotte says:

    Realise this was posted sometime ago now but I just wanted to say a huge thank you it is the easiest recipe to make and is unbelievably moist! I am on to my 3rd cake in a month using this recipe as it is so popular! Thank you!

  49. Fatts says:

    Best recipe ever!!! First time baking and it tasted fab!! Friends are begging me to bake some more… Thank you so much for a wonderful site.

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  51. SLing says:

    Moist and delicious! Very easy to make. Everyone who tried sing prises for the cake. Will try adding walnuts next time. Thank you for this recipe!

  52. Allie says:

    I just made this cake to share with my friend and our two little sons. It came out perfectly! For some reason mine needed a longer baking time, but it’s a recipe I will definitely be using again, so thanks a lot! (Lol, Susan should be glad you didn’t use lbs and ozs!)

  53. Lunny says:

    This turned out really well… nice one!

    I didn’t have any very ripe bananas so I just put the fresh bananas in the oven for 30 minutes until they were well cooked and mushy. It worked well.

    Thanks a lot for this, my family loved it.

    Love from China.

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