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Cut banana cake on a plate with forks

Banana Cake

  • Author: Bernadette - Goodie Goodie Lunchbox
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 slices 1x
  • Category: Cakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Western


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


  1. Preheat your oven to 170c and grease and line a square baking tin (see note 1)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Heat the milk in a microwave until quite warm – around 40 seconds. Then add the baking soda into the milk and stir to dissolve.
  5. 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.
  6. Add the flour, baking powder and salt to the wet ingredients and fold through until just combined, taking care not to over-mix.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.


  1. If you do not have a square tin you can use a round tin, but square tins are easier for portioning in lunchboxes.
  2. 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.
  3. 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