Banana Birthday Cake by Joanne Turner

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This gorgeous banana cake makes the perfect birthday cake for any age!



  • 60 g unsalted butter or monounsaturated spread
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 medium bananas, peeled and mashed with a fork
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • ¼ cup wholemeal self-raising flour


  •  75 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • natural food colouring (see Cook’s tip)


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Line the base and sides of a 20 cm round cake tin with baking paper or grease a shaped birthday cake tin (for example, a number 1).
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy. Add the eggs and combine. Add the mashed banana, and then beat until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the vanilla essence, bicarbonate of soda and milk, then add to the banana mixture and stir.
  4. Sift the flours and add to the banana mixture and mix until well combined.
  5. Spoon the cake batter into the pan and smooth the surface. Bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set aside in the pan for 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. To make the icing, whip the butter until pale, then add the icing sugar a little at a time, then continue to beat in the remaining icing sugar. Colour with desired food colouring and spread or pipe over the cooled cake. Decorate as desired (see Health tip).

Health tip: This cake is great without icing also. Butter icing is a special occasion treat, but holds its form better than some other kinds of icing.

If using sugar decorations, remove before serving to young children as they are a choking hazard.

Cook’s tip: This recipe can be doubled if a larger cake tin requires filling.

Natural food colouring is sold in major supermarkets in the cake decorating aisle.

Nutritional Analysis

Per serve: energy 568 kJ, protein 1.5 g, fat 3.2 g, saturated fat 3.2 g, cholesterol 25.6 mg, carbohydrate 21.3 g, fibre 0.8 g, sodium 94 mg, GI medium

Baby & Toddler

Recipe taken from Baby & Toddler by Joanne Turner.

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