This delicious old fashioned Banana Cake is a crowd pleaser! It’s so soft and moist – and it’s a lower sugar recipe too. It uses simple ingredients and it’s an easy cake to make with kids. This recipe can be served with or without icing.
- 115g softened butter
- 100g (1/2 cup packed) brown sugar
- 50g (1/4 cup) caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 large mashed bananas (or three small)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 225g (1 3/4 cups) plain all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 salt
- Preheat your oven to 170c and grease and line a square baking tin (see note 1)
- In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with a hand beater until the mixture is creamy and fluffy. This will take around 2 minutes.
- Add in the eggs and beat into the creamed butter to combine for around a minute. The mixture will look more like a thick whipped cream.
- Heat the milk in a microwave until quite warm – around 40 seconds. Then add the baking soda into the milk and stir to dissolve.
- Next add the milk and baking soda mixture along with the mashed bananas (see note 2) and the vanilla extract and cinnamon and mix again until well combined.
- Add the flour, baking powder and salt to the wet ingredients and fold through until just combined, taking care not to over-mix.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared cake tin and spread in an even layer gently to the edges. Bake for around 35-40 minutes (see note 3) or until just cooked through. You don’t want to over-bake as this will result in a dryer cake. When the cake has cooked through the sides of the cake would have pulled away slightly and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake will come out clean.
- Cool in the tin for 10 minutes before taking out of the tin. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before icing or cutting.
- If you do not have a square tin you can use a round tin, but square tins are easier for portioning in lunchboxes.
- I like to mash my bananas with a fork or potato masher on a clean chopping board. If your bananas are on the smaller side use three bananas in this recipe.
- Take care not to over-bake to avoid a dry cake. Keep an eye on your cake and test with the skewer method. This time is a guide and it could take more or less time depending on your oven.
Keywords: Banana Cake; Low Sugar Banana Cake; Traditional Banana Cake; Old Fashioned Banana Cake