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Kickstart your day with some banana cake!

Updated: Sep 5, 2021

Hi, it's Ellen here! Ever have that feeling you and the kids need a little extra kick at the start of the day? One thing I recommend that is a healthy way for an energy boost is some banana cake. I have an age-old recipe for this that I'd love to share with you!.

Here we go!


  • 125g unsalted butter, softened

  • ½ cup (115g) brown sugar, firmly pressed down

  • ½ cup (115g) caster sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or natural vanilla extract

  • 2 large free-range eggs

  • 1½ cups (185g) plain flour sifted

  • 2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder, sifted

  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), sifted

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup (60ml) full cream milk

  • 3 overripe bananas, mashed

How to make:

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius (150 degrees Celsius fan-forced). Line a 20cm round cake tin with baking paper or grease and flour your tin.

With an electric mixer, cream the butter, both sugars and vanilla until pale and fluffy. Add 1 egg at a time, mixing thoroughly each time.

Add the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt, and fold in with a wooden spoon until fully incorporated. Add the milk and banana, and fold in.

Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake on the middle shelf for about 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Allow cooling for 5-10 minutes before running a knife around the tin to release. Cool on a wire rack. If you have used baking paper for the base and side of the tin, the cake will easily fall out. After baking, let cool and add icing to your liking.

There you go – a wonderful banana cake recipe that all ages will love and give them a good start to the day!

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