Simple Banana Cake

Butter and flour a 20 cm square or round pan, line with baking paper. Pre-heat oven to 180degrees centigrade.

Simple Banana Cake


  • 125grams unsalted butter
  • 1 & 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana
  • few drops vanilla extract or essence
  • 250grams plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or 1/2 cup milk and 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  2. Beat in eggs, banana and vanilla.
  3. Sift dry ingredients and add to mixture, alternating with buttermilk ( or milk with lemon juice).
  4. Spoon into pan and bake for 45 mins or until cake tests clean.
  5. Cool cake in its pan on a wire rack for a few minutes before turning out.
  6. Cool completely before cuttng or storing in an airtight tin.
  8. Combine 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped walnuts, 3 tablespoons self faising flour, 1 & 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 100grams softened butter and 3 tablespoons brown sugar. Scatter over the uncooked banana cake and bake as above.
  9. This recipe is from the Stephanie Alexander book “the cooks companion”

Comments (1)


I love this recipe, although I use an extra egg for added moistness & sometimes use wholemeal flour instead of plain. I also substitue half of the sugaar with brown sugar. I use cream cheese/butter/icing sugar to top it off.