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Banana cake with a rich buttercream icing topped with slices of banana
125Total Time
10Prep Time
115Bake Time

Best Banana Cake Recipe

  • Vegetarian

About the bake

This easy banana cake recipe by Eric Lanlard is our favourite yet. This recipe takes banana cake to the next level; it's laced with sultanas and poppy seeds and topped with moreish buttercream icing and bananas. 

125Total Time
10Prep Time
115Bake Time


  1. Step 1:

    Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan, 350°f, gas mark 4). Lightly grease a 25x11cm (1ox4.5inch) loaf tin with butter.

  2. Step 2:

    Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl using an electric hand whisk until smooth. Add one of the eggs and beat in well, then add the second and continue to beat well. Sift in half the flour with the baking powder and mix well. Mix in the milk then the remaining flour.

  3. Step 3:

    Fold the mashed bananas into the mixture along with the vanilla extract, poppy seeds and sultanas. Then tip the mixture into the loaf tin and level to the top with a spatula.

  4. Step 4:

    Bake in the preheated oven for around 1 hour 15 minutes until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean and not sticky. Cover the top with foil if it starts to brown too quickly. Allow to cool in the tin for at least 20 minutes before turning out.

  5. Step 5:

    For the topping, cream the butter and sift the icing sugar in using an electric hand whisk, mixing together until creamy and fluffy. Spread over the cake and garnish with the banana chips and dust with icing sugar.


  • For The Loaf

    • 125g Butter (unsalted) plus extra for greasing
    • 175g Billinton's unrefined dark muscovado sugar
    • 2 Eggs (medium)
    • 300g Allinson's Plain White Flour
    • 1 tsp Baking powder
    • 150ml Milk (whole)
    • 3 Banana(s) (ripe, peeled and mashed)
    • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
    • 1 tsp Poppy seeds
    • 75g Sultanas
  • For The Butter Icing

    • 150g Butter (unsalted)
    • 300g Silver Spoon Icing Sugar
    • Handful Banana chips


  • Masher
  • Loaf tin

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