Recipe | Banana Cake made with Wholemeal Flour

23 Apr

Last weekend I had a project to try my hand at making banana cake. I had three over ripe bananas sitting at my desk at work last week. My e-commerce director said to me “I think you should eat those…” I said “I’m going to take them home to make a smoothie”. “Don’t make a smoothie. They’ve ripened too much for that. Make banana bread,” she replied. “with wholemeal flour, and bring some in. But take those bananas home asap. You’re attracting fruit flies”. Yeah, I got told…

So this weekend I had four black (I kid you not) bananas sitting in my fridge. I couldn’t make bread as that would have meant buying a new tin/mould, but a cake did materialise. And it was damn good. Better, dare I say – than the controversial carrot cake

It’s such a simple easy recipe, and yet tastes SO GOOD. Slightly gooey towards the bottom of the base. First time I’ve ever cooked with wholemeal flour. Good effort I’d say… Went down well in the office. I don’t like to over complicate things but I’m thinking next time to add something….maybe walnuts. Hmmm…

banana cake with wholemeal flour

banana cake baked with wholemeal flour

banana cake with wholemeal flour

Banana Cake made with Wholemeal Flour

4 bananas very very ripe bananas, mashed

125g salted butter

175g sugar (I used half caster and half brown)

2 eggs, beaten

300g wholemeal flour

2-3 tablespoons baking powder

few drops of vanilla extract

  1. Ensure butter is softened, cream together with sugar.
  2. Add eggs and crushed bananas.
  3. Combine the mixture well, will be fairly gooey.
  4. Sift in flour and baking powder. Continue to stir. Will start to take form of a cake mixture, and smell AMAZING.
  5. Grease and base line a springform cake tin. Pour in mixture.
  6. Bake at Gas Mark 6 (middle shelf) for about 30-40 minutes, or until brown on top.
  7. Skewer test! Stick a metal skewer in and if it comes out clean, your cake is ready.
  8. Rest and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  9. Feed those around you that appreciate your food 🙂

Recipe adapted from


6 Responses to “Recipe | Banana Cake made with Wholemeal Flour”

  1. Chen April 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Looks amazing. 😍

    • FoodieClaire April 24, 2012 at 9:02 am #

      Thanks, tasted great too! The OH is showing no interest until I make apple cake which is his favourite… He said I make him a guinea pig!

  2. Jayne January 22, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    I’m going to have a go at this.

    • FoodieClaire January 23, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

      It’s so simple to make, great for using up old bananas and most recently I added a dollop of peanut butter for a slightly different take. When I take it into the office it disappears quickly!

  3. Marlon Jones July 4, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    This looks good, but should it really have 2-3 tablespoons baking powder? I would have thought teaspoons, but maybe I’m wrong.

    • FoodieClaire July 23, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

      You could be right…. Then again I think I’d have to make it again to be sure…

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