Food · Recipe

Banana Cake – When Mushing *Is* Acceptable…

You may have guessed that I am not the world’s biggest banana fan. Particularly this week. However, there are two times when I *love* them – sliced with custard and in CAKE. Nom!

Today I dug out an old cookbook that I am particularly fond of:

(Sadly it is no longer in print. But it was a big hit in 1995 I assure you…though I do wonder how many copies have survived since then…)

I knew that hiding away inside was a nice easy recipe for Banana Cake by one of my former teachers, Marcia Jones. It involved mashing banana which was wonderful stress relief and I particularly enjoyed that bit.

I’m sure Marcia won’t mind me sharing her recipe (it is delicious) so that you too can prevent banana disasters by using up all your bananas in a cake!!


4oz Butter

8oz Caster Sugar

2 Eggs (whisked)

3 Bananas (mashed)

8oz Flour

1 tsp Bicarb of Soda

1 tsp Salt


I *so* enjoyed doing this bit


Preheat your oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4.

Cream the butter and sugar together then gradually beat in the whisked eggs.

Add the mashed bananas and mix well. (It says 3 bananas in the recipe but I used 4 this time because they were midget bananas…).

Sift the dry ingredients into the bowl and fold in until well blended.

Put the mixture into a greased loaf tin (8″x4″).

Bake for 1 hour.


Even I can do it and it tastes divine!! (It’s also extra tasty if you add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the mixture for a warming bit of spice.)


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