Banana Cake

Banana Cake

Banana cake or banana bread is a type of moist and sweet baked item made with mashed bananas either served with cream cheese icing, chocolate icing or just plain unfrosted.

Banana cake according to history have been invented during the Depression era of the 1930’s by housewives finding other means of making some extra money at home, during this time baking soda and baking powder is also starting to get popular which was a key ingredient in making this cakes. Since this was the depression era, every grocery also find other ways in getting some extra money by selling their overripe bananas and giving away free recipes that uses them like muffins and pancakes. Though all of those efforts were made it did not become highly popular but many cookbooks started to publish recipes for this cake, then the 1960’s came and that was the home baking revival period, that led the fast popularity of banana cakes due to the simplicity of its preparation and the number available recipes in cookbooks.

A really simple baked item which is a good start for those who wants to learn baking, it’s one of those baking recipes that you won’t get wrong.

Ingredients (Banana Cake)

1 1/4 cups flour, sifted
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup caster sugar
2 large eggs
125 g butter, softened
2 large over ripe bananas, mashed
2 tbsp hot milk

Ingredients (Chocolate Frosting)

50g butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
2 tbsp hot water
lightly salted peanuts, roughly chopped

Method (Banana Cake)

  1. Mix together butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until creamy.
  2. Add eggs one at a time while beating.
  3. Stir in mashed bananas.
  4. Dissolve baking soda in hot milk then add into the mixture.
  5. Fold in flour, baking powder and salt.
  6. Pour mixture in a 9in greased round pan then bake in a 150C preheated fan forced oven for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  7. Once ready, remove from oven then let it cool.  Once cooled down remove from baking pan the cover with frosting (instructions below) and sprinkle peanuts on top.

Method (Chocolate Frosting)

  1. Mix together butter and sugar together in a bowl using a hand mixer.
  2. Add cocoa powder and hot water then continue to beat until creamy in texture.

26 Responses

  1. You have done a bit more with the banana cake Raymund and that choc frosting on top with the nuts make this recipe of your so unique, very nice.

  2. Guia Obsum says:

    Wow! Banana cake covered in chocolate? YUM!!!

  3. Interesting recipe, I didn’t know that. Lot of nice dishes came out of far from ideal circumstances. Lets see what recipes come out of the current crisis!

  4. peasepudding says:

    It’s always a great cake, I prefer your chocolate icing than the cream cheese one you often see!

  5. Chocolate and banana together is heavenly so that frosting complements that moist looking, flavorful cake really well! Yum! Yum!

  6. I have never iced my banana bread before – usually just serve it with butter – I do love the idea of the chocolate frosting.
    🙂 Mandy

  7. Kristy says:

    We haven’t iced any of our banana breads. Hmmm. I might have to try that out. I also like the idea of making it into a cake. It’s a nice change up from the bread shape. 🙂

  8. Judy says:

    Now all I need is some coffee and I’m set! Your cake looks wonderful!

  9. Henry says:

    I remember that its beena long time since I ate Banana cake and I miss it na. Kahit Banana pie masarap din healthy pa.

  10. ceciliag says:

    I love banana cake. and it is perfect with the chocolate and a coffee, though i prefer my chocolate on the side!! c

  11. Eri says:

    This cake looks delicious, thank you so much for the info again! It is such a pleasure reading your posts! I love banana bread!
    Have a great week!

  12. A match made in heaven, bananas and chocolate. In cake form, no less! Perfect. 🙂

  13. Caroline says:

    Lovely cake! Yum. 🙂

  14. meri says:

    Perfect- I’m a novice baker but my birthday is on Wednesday- nice timing! I love banana in baked goods, just not as much fresh bananas.

  15. My kids love banana cake/bread but I never added any chocolate frosting. I think once they know there is chocolate frosting, they won’t go back to non-frosting…. hehee. Looks delicious Raymund!

  16. That looks so good ! My banana cakes never had that delicious-looking frosting 🙂

  17. nice banana cake you have here with icing and everything.. really looks like a cake..

  18. foodjaunts says:

    I’m such a huge fan of banana bread but I’ve never seen it in cake form – genius! That frosting looks delicious especially with all the nuts

  19. Ooh look at this cake! I love the combinations of flavors. Yumm.

  20. This looks absolutely perfect. I love making banana bread but I’d love to try this recipe too. Awesome!

  21. Isikeli says:

    fantastic..I love eating banana because I have a farm,Now Ican see he difference,so i will make banana cake for tea,lookin good and yum

  22. Chen says:

    I successfully baked banana cake using this recipe. It’s just perfect 🙂 Thanks!

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