Banana Cake

I was going to bake Lemon cake today but I ran out of Lemons (essential ingredient in Lemon cake) so I made Banana cake instead. Bananas – now I have lots of those!

I used the very simple recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook which includes lots of ginger, cinnamon and melted butter. The boys seemed to like it even though it was quite gingery. Here’s the recipe from the book, which if you like cakes, I really do recommend you buy.

270g soft light brown sugar
2 eggs
200g peeled bananas, mashed
280g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
140g unsalted, melted

23 x 13cm loaf tin, greased and dusted with flour

Preheat the oven to 170°C (or 160°C fan)

Put the sugar and eggs in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) and beat until well incorporated. Beat in the mashed bananas.

Add the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and ginger to the sugar mixture. Mix it thoroughly until all the dry ingredients have been incorporated into the egg mixture. Pour in the melted butter and beat until all the ingredients are well mixed.

Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and smooth over with a palette knife. Bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour, or until firm to the touch and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.

Leave the cake to cool slightly in the tin before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

6 Responses to “Banana Cake”

  1. Jameson 27 Jan 2012 at 10:26 am

    it looks looks great! i made a banana cake a couple of weeks ago but it turned out a bit dry so i’ll have to give this a bash.

    i shall have to take a wander to the hummingbird bakery at lunchtime…i overheard someone raving about it in the doctors surgery a few weeks ago but never got round to googling it!

  2. Debbieon 27 Jan 2012 at 7:34 pm

    It’s all your fault. It’s Friday so I had to bake a fruit cake. Now I’ve got to eat it :)

  3. Alisonon 28 Jan 2012 at 9:16 am

    Lemon cake, banana cake – who cares which cake – it’s all cake and has to be eaten! Looks lovely, please do not tempt me with more cake books… I really do not need more cake books… I really do not need more cake books..

  4. Sallyon 30 Jan 2012 at 11:15 am

    Rachel Allen Bake Banana Cake is lovely as well, worth a try.

  5. Kayon 09 Feb 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Whenever I’ve made banana cakes in the past they have been a massive disappointment so it was with trepidation that I tried this one. It was wonderful! It’s been eaten with a cup of tea and in a bowl with custard so it’s a truly versatile cake. This recipe makes quite a large cake but it keeps well. Now I have added the Hummingbird Bakery book to my birthday list. Thank you.
    Kay x

  6. Kayon 11 Feb 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Had to make it again today.
    Kay x