Banana Cake

This is the best banana cake I’ve ever had and my mother has been baking it since I was a child. Scribbled on a slip of paper the original source is long forgotten.  Many other banana cakes were tried over the years but none of them ever came close to this one.

For some reason (probably weight watching) I hadn’t baked this cake for many years and when my children saw it, with its glossy chocolate topping they had to have it before it had set.  This made it even more delicious and I soon had them begging me for another slice!

The eggs and sugar are whisked until white and foamy before the flour, melted butter and banana are folded in.

Turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool before turning back, to top with the melted chocolate.

Stir the chocolate over a pan of simmering water until just melted.

Slather the chocolate over the cake with a palette knife.

Wait for the chocolate to set or just put the kettle on and dive straight in. Makes about 10 slices but everyone who has one will want seconds!

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A banana cake with a dark chocolate topping.
Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 10
  • 3 eggs
  • 200g / 7oz Golden castor sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla sugar
  • 140g / 5oz Plain flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 115g / 4 oz Butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 ripe Banana or 1.5 black bananas, mashed
  • For topping:
  • 100g / 3.5 oz Dark chocolate
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175ºC.
  2. Grease and flour a loaf tin.
  3. Whisk eggs, sugar and vanilla sugar until white and creamy.
  4. Blend flour and baking powder together and fold into mixture alternately with melted butter.
  5. Then fold in the mashed banana.
  6. Put in a loaf tin and cook in the centre of the oven for about 50 minutes or until the cake springs back when prodded.
  7. Leave to cool for a few minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack to fully cool.
  8. Make the chocolate topping by melting the chocolate in a small glass bowl over a pan of simmering water, stirring until melted.
  9. Scrape the chocolate out of the bowl and onto the cake with a spatula.
  10. Use a palette knife to spread over the cake evenly.
Melt the butter first in a microwave on a low heat for less than a minute. Cover your dish with a plate in case of splatters!

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  1. Lynne OConnor

    Looks amazing. I’ve got some bananas that need using up

    1. Camilla

      Excellent Lynne, do let me know what you think!

  2. amy fidler

    Love Banana cake,gonna try your recipe xx

    1. Camilla


  3. Jane Davies

    This looks great, love a good ole banana cake x

  4. tiggerific1973

    This looks amazing! I will try it very soon x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, hope you enjoy it:-)

  5. Kirsty

    That looks gorgeous, can’t wait to try it out!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Kirsty:-)

  6. William Gould

    Ooo yet another yummy cake bookmarked/1

  7. Geoffrey Clark

    Banana cake looks great

    1. Camilla

      It’s a real family favourite:-)

  8. Ursula Hunt

    very tasty cake

  9. Paul Wilson

    Great thing to do with leftover bananas.

  10. Geoff Clark

    Banana cake sounds so good!

  11. bev

    Looks divine!

  12. Tracy Nixon

    Great picnic recipe!

  13. Ursula Hunt

    Great cake and love the topping

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ursula, it never has a chance to set in our house:-)

  14. Hafsah

    Wow, I’ve never had banana cake with chocolate on top before.

  15. Paul Wilson

    Excellent use for old bananas. Not tried it with chocolate though.

  16. Julestar

    This sounds absolutely delicious!

    1. Camilla

      It is:-)

  17. Heather Haigh

    I made my first banana cake recently and we loved it. Must try this one. 🙂

  18. Maya Russell

    Yes, it’s a great way to use up old bananas.

  19. Lisa Williams

    oooo added chocolate that sounds so delicious 🙂

  20. Evelyn Moffat

    Looks scrumptious

  21. Anne Wallwin

    my favourite cake!

  22. Helen Gardner

    OMG that had me drooling….I think I will have to give that a go as it seems like a nice simple but tasty recipe

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, it’s a firm favourite in our family:-)


    This looks lovely – nearly as good as my own!!! lol Seriously, I’ll certainly be trying this recipe out.

  24. Maya Russell

    Your banana cake looks nice and moist. I love banana cake.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, do try it, it is gorgeous:-)

  25. Jacqueline

    Oh my it looks good Camilla. I would love a slice. I will bookmark this one to try. That chocolate on top!!!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Jacqueline, it’s our favourite Banana Cake, do let me know how you get on:-)

  26. Karen

    I will take your word for it Camilla, and I am printing the recipe as I type, as I have some bananas that need to e used up! It does look VERY lush and tasty! Karen

    1. Camilla

      Karen, I’m honoured:-) Well, mums are never wrong are they. I’d love a slice right now, do let me know how get on!

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