Banana SOS

They were fine yesterday, I swear, yellow and unblemished, hanging on the fruit bowl.

My very very ripe bananas

Today, I’m presented with, as my sons call them ‘dirty bananas’. It seems to just happen overnight and I enter a kitchen smelling distinctly bananery.

What to do? 🤷‍♀️ Easy, turn them into the most delicious yummy and moreish cake 😁

So good, I’ve been known to let the bananas intentionally over ripen so I can bake cake.

The best part is it takes literally only a few minutes to assemble the ingredients together and pop it into the oven. The hardest part is waiting the 50 minutes for it to bake and then to let it cool.

This is a great cake for lunchboxes, it slices well and travels well, it includes fruit and copes well with temperature fluctuation. Oh and it lasts well, not that we get much chance to put that to the test, but it will happily provide cake all week. It’s a winner!


  • Preheat your oven to 180'C/ gas mark 4/ 350 F
  • To make a 2lb loaf tin, which will slice into 12, you will need:


  • 250g self raising flour
  • 150g golden caster sugar
  • 100g slightly salted butter
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 250g peeled ripe bananas, about 3 medium sized, mashed with a fork
  • 100g raisins or other dried fruit

Start by lining or greasing a 2lb loaf tin, we use a reusable liner which we peel off the cake after, but there’s some great paper liners too.

Then start your assembly by melting the butter in a large bowl in the microwave (you will be adding the remaining ingredients into it).

Once melted, add in the remaining ingredients and give it a really good stir. You could substitute the raisins for other dried fruit or chocolate chips or chunks for a bit more decadence.

After a thorough mix, pour into your ready prepared loaf tin and pop into your oven to bake.

Once baked, I would recommend leaving in the tin for 10 minutes or so on a wire cooling tray, before turning out. Ideally leave the liner on until fully cool if you are using a reusable one.

You can now choose to freeze or eat. It freezes well, either as a whole loaf or could be individually sliced ready for lunchboxes and picnics.

This banana cake tastes great on its own or with custard, ice cream or cream. Mmm..


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