10 mins


40-45 mins


  • 3 ripe bananas (if the bananas are small, use 4)

  • 1 cup sugar

  • ½ cup cooking oil (canola or sunflower)

  • 2 cups self-raising flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon or mixed spice (optional)

  • Butter or margarine for greasing the
    cake tin


  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or choc chips (or a mixture of both, but no more than 1 cup)

Let’s get cooking

Step 1

Turn on the oven and set to 180°C. Grease a medium sized cake tin with butter or margarine.

You can use a round cake tin that is about 23 cm (9 inches) across, or a loaf tin that is about 23 cm x 12 cm (9×5 inches).

Step 2

In a big bowl, mash the bananas really well, getting out as many lumps as you can (to mash the bananas, you can use a fork, a potato masher, or even electric beaters).

Step 3

Add the sugar, oil and spices to the bananas and mix together well with a large spoon.

Step 4

If you are adding walnuts or choc chips, add them now.

Step 5

Gradually mix in the flour and salt. Don’t beat the mixture too much – just stir until the flour has mixed in (if you beat the flour too much, the cake may not rise very well).

Step 6

Pour the cake mixture into the greased cake tin. Make sure the mixture is spread evenly in the tin.

Step 7

Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes. You will know the cake is ready if you put a skewer into it and it comes out clean (with no uncooked cake mix stuck to it).

Step 8

Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool for about 10 minutes before turning it out of the tin.

Lovely on its own, or spread with butter.