Baking / Desserts & Sweets

Easy Banana Cake

This is my go-to recipe when I want to whip up a quick and moist Banana Cake. It is all made in one bowl with only a spoon for mixing. A very simple and fuss-free recipe to use up over-ripe bananas. This cake will be in the oven in under 10 minutes!

The cake has been sliced so you can see the moist crumb.
A beautiful moist cake with great banana flavour. An easy way to use up over-ripe bananas.

I don’t know about you but I often end up with over-ripe bananas in my fruit bowl. If the truth be told, I usually buy more bananas than I think my family will need so that I can make this great Banana Cake. It is such an easy recipe and everyone loves this cake. I sometimes add chopped walnuts and/or chocolate chips to the cake batter – these are optional extras!

The beauty of this recipe is that it can be made in a loaf pan (pictured), a 20-22cm round or square cake pan or in muffin pans (cooking times will vary). I have included cooking times for muffins in the recipe notes. I have also provided my quick and easy Cream Cheese Frosting recipe (which I have used in these photos) in the notes section as well.

The Banana Cake is now decorated with Cream Cheese Frosting with chopped walnuts and dried flowers sprinkled on top.
This recipe can be made in a loaf pan, 20-22cm cake pan or even in a muffin pan.

Banana Cake can be served in many different ways. As the cake crumb is lovely and moist, it can simply be served as is. My husband loves to have a slice with butter. The cake can also be cut in half (horizontally) and spread with freshly whipped cream, and then the top layer iced with chocolate ganache or icing. Another way to serve it is with cream cheese frosting (pictured). In the photos you can see I have decorated the frosting with chopped walnuts and edible dried flowers. Delicious!

If you are after a fuss-free and simple recipe for Banana Cake or Banana Muffins, I do hope you give this a try. It is just so easy!

A close up of the slices of Banana Cake.
This produces a beautifully moist Banana Cake with very little effort.

Ingredients you will need:

  • Bananas – over-ripe bananas are best for this cake and for baking in general. They give much better flavour. I let my banana skins get quite black before I use them.
  • Sugar – white granulated sugar is used however I sometimes use brown sugar or a mix of both.
  • Butter – salted or unsalted. The butter is melted for this recipe.
  • Egg – use one large or extra-large egg, lightly beaten with a fork.
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Flour – plain all purpose flour is used here. You can also use cake flour.
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Walnuts – (optional) Chopped walnuts can also be added to the cake batter mix.
  • Chocolate Chips – (optional) Dark or milk chocolate chips/chunks can also be added to the cake batter.

How to make this recipe:

Easy Banana Cake

This is my go-to recipe when I want to whip up a quick and moist Banana Cake. It is all made in one bowl with only a spoon for mixing. A very simple and fuss-free recipe to use up over-ripe bananas. This cake will be in the oven in under 10 minutes!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Dessert, Snack, Sweet
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: banana cake, banana recipe, easy banana cake, moist banana cake, one bowl banana cake, quick banana cake
Servings: 10
Calories: 275kcal
Author: Katrina | Katy’s Food Finds


  • One large mixing bowl
  • Loaf pan 21cm x 11cm approx (8in x 4in approx), or a 20-22 cm cake pan3-


  • 3-4 large ripe bananas
  • 125 g butter melted
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 large egg lightly whisked with a fork
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 c plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon optional (can add up to 1/2 tsp)


  • 1/2 c walnuts chopped
  • 1/2 c chocolate chips (can add up to 3/4 cup)


  • Preheat the oven to 170°C. Lightly grease and line a loaf pan with baking spray or butter and baking paper.
  • Peel and mash the bananas and add to a large mixing bowl along with the melted butter, and stir to combine. Add the sugar, beaten egg and vanilla and mix well.
  • Sift all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon (if using) over the top of the banana mixture, and stir to combine. Mix until there are no clumps of flour left. If using walnuts or chocolate chips, fold them through now.
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared loaf tin and smooth out the top. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to rest in the loaf pan for 5 minutes before removing the cake to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • Banana Cake is suitable to freeze for up to 3 months, either in slices or as a whole loaf/cake.


If making this recipe in a muffin pan, 3/4 fill the moulds and bake the muffins at 190°C for 20-25 minutes, or until cooked (check them at 18 minutes as all oven temps vary).
The nutritional values for this recipe is calculated without including the optional ingredients of chocolate chips and walnuts.
Here is a simple Cream Cheese Frosting recipe that I use. This quantity is enough to frost the top of the Loaf.
Simple Cream Cheese Frosting recipe:
Place the following ingredients into a mini food processor – 125g room temperature full fat cream cheese, 180g icing sugar, 50g room temperature butter, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Process until smooth, then add juice of up to 1/2 lemon (to taste). Refrigerate until ready to use.
Tip: Make sure the cream cheese and butter are both softened to room temperature first, otherwise you will not get a smooth creamy consistency. I like to add enough lemon juice so that the cream cheese frosting isn’t too sickly sweet.


Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 387mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 359IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Tamara Davis
    December 3, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    5 stars
    What a great recipe, the perfect banana cake. Sure was super easy & super delicious. I’ll be making this one so many more times. Thanks Katrina ?

    • Katrina
      December 4, 2020 at 10:42 am

      Thanks Tamara, I love how easy this is to make too. I am so glad you enjoyed it and will make it again ?

  • Erin
    December 5, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    5 stars
    This banana cake is delicious! Super easy to make and so versatile as you can add nuts, dried fruits or chocolate chips (which is what I did!) This recipe is a definite keeper and will be added to my cookbook of favourites!

    • Katrina
      December 10, 2020 at 10:18 am

      This is so nice to hear! Thank you so much. It’s my go-to easy banana cake recipe and I am glad you enjoyed it too. ?

  • Jessica
    December 6, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    5 stars
    This is a great recipe for those black bananas lying in the fridge! Simple to make and tastes great with the cream cheese frosting

    • Katrina
      December 10, 2020 at 10:14 am

      Thank you so much Jessica. So glad you enjoyed this easy Banana Cake and I love the cream cheese frosting too ?

  • Helen Andreatta
    May 19, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    I made this easy banana cake yesterday and it’s fabulous. So easy to make and is moist and full of flavour. Next time I’ll use less sugar as I threw inn6 bananas I retrieved from the freezer so there was plenty of natural sweetness in them!
    Thanks for this recipe and from now on , I won’t bother using my old splattered recipe of old.

    • Katrina
      June 3, 2021 at 11:09 am

      Thank you Helen. I am so glad you enjoyed making this recipe and to hear you will make this again! It’s always so lovely to get this sort of feedback ?


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