Banana Cake – an old favourite!

Banana Cake, a fab recipe handed down from my mum! - Fab Food 4 All

Banana Cake

NB: It was my birthday yesterday and rather than make a traditional birthday cake I decided to make my mum’s Banana Cake and thought I’d update the photographs on this post at the same time. I barely had 10 minutes before I needed to take the cake over to my parents so it was a bit of a rushed affair. I also have a slight confession, I misread the recipe and ended up putting 200g of butter in the cake instead of 115g! I did think it was a lot of butter when I was folding in the melted butter. But everyone still really enjoyed the Banana Cake so I got away with it. So when you make this cake it will look lighter and airier! So back to the original post…..

Banana Cake, a fab recipe handed down from my mum! - Fab Food All #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.

Banana Cake, a fab recipe handed down from my mum! - Fab Food 4 All

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!

Banana Cake, a fab recipe handed down from my mum! - Fab Food 4 All

If you can resist eating this Banana Cake before the chocolate sets then you’re a better person than me! Never happened here!

4.7 from 10 reviews
Banana Cake
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
The most delicious banana cake with a dark chocolate topping.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: British
Serves: 10
  • 3 Eggs, large
  • 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
  • Knob of butter
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175ºC.
  2. Grease and flour a loaf tin (dimensions 21.6 cm wide, 11.4 cm deep, 5.5 cm height).
  3. Whisk eggs, sugar and vanilla sugar until pale and foamy.
  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 and butter in a small glass bowl over a pan of barely 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 the chocolate evenly over cake.
  11. Allow to set (we have never managed to wait this long though)!
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!

For more banana recipes check these out!

Spelt Banana Bread

Chai Banana Bread

Chocolate & Banana Nut Cake

Sticky Banana Ginger Cake

Blueberry, Banana and White Chocolate Muffins

Leftover Pastry Banana Nutella Pinwheels

Banana Pudding

Why not pin for later!

Banana Cake, a fab recipe handed down from my mum! - Fab Food 4 All

Permanent link to this article: https://www.fabfood4all.co.uk/banana-cake/


1 ping

Skip to comment form

  1. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    Every blog needs Banana Cake! Nothing beats it…….
    That sounds like a lot of extra butter…… Well done for getting away with it xx

    1. Camilla

      I now Kate, I hadn’t made this cake in a while and when I saw how much butter there was I really should have thought to double check the recipe but put it down to forgetting how to make it doh! It did taste really go still, there were no complaints:-)

  2. Kate | The Veg Space

    What a lovely cake Camilla, I would never have thought of topping it with melted chocolate but that looks fabulous, I’m going to try it next time I make a banana cake!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kate, I’m sure you’ll love it-)

  3. Jacqueline Meldrum

    That looks heavenly Camilla. I’d love a slice of that. Like now, right now! Sharing this!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jacs, it is my favourite Banana Cake:-)

  4. Ceri Jones

    Love this. Everyone has to have a fail safe banana cake or loaf recipe! Yours looks fab Camilla

    1. Camilla

      Well it’s certainly fail safe, you can even put too much butter in and it still works:-)

  5. Janice

    That’s a great recipe for when you only have the ONE banana that needs using. I love the chocolate topping too, really delicious

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Janice, yes one very ripe banana is all it needs-)

  6. Candace

    Just love banana cake but I’ve never put chocolate on before. Certainly will next time

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Candace, the chocolate really makes this cake-)

  7. Lynne OConnor

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

    1. Camilla

      Excellent Lynne, do let me know what you think!

  8. amy fidler

    Love Banana cake,gonna try your recipe xx

    1. Camilla


  9. Jane Davies

    This looks great, love a good ole banana cake x

  10. tiggerific1973

    This looks amazing! I will try it very soon x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, hope you enjoy it:-)

  11. Kirsty

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

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Kirsty:-)

  12. William Gould

    Ooo yet another yummy cake bookmarked/1

  13. Geoffrey Clark

    Banana cake looks great

    1. Camilla

      It’s a real family favourite:-)

  14. Ursula Hunt

    very tasty cake

  15. Paul Wilson

    Great thing to do with leftover bananas.

  16. Geoff Clark

    Banana cake sounds so good!

  17. bev

    Looks divine!

  18. Tracy Nixon

    Great picnic recipe!

  19. Ursula Hunt

    Great cake and love the topping

    1. Camilla

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

  20. Hafsah

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

  21. Paul Wilson

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

  22. Julestar

    This sounds absolutely delicious!

    1. Camilla

      It is:-)

  23. Heather Haigh

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

  24. Maya Russell

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

  25. Lisa Williams

    oooo added chocolate that sounds so delicious 🙂

  26. Evelyn Moffat

    Looks scrumptious

  27. Anne Wallwin

    my favourite cake!

  28. 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.

  30. Maya Russell

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

    1. Camilla

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

  31. 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:-)

  32. 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!

  1. Banana, Fudge and White Chocolate cakeDomestic Goddesque

    […] There are so many bananas in our fruit bowl that have been going over before The Girls can be persuaded to eat them, so I put a call out on twitter for a banana cake recipe and Camilla from Fab Food 4 All sent me to her delicious Banana Cake recipe. […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe: