Banana Cake by Rick Grant

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A beautiful moist cake, perfect for afternoon tea!


  • ½ cup butter (or Nuttelex)
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup fine rice flour
  • ½ cup gluten-free cornflour
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 175ºC/155ºC fan-forced.
  2. Lightly grease and line with baking paper a 23 cm square cake tin.
  3. Cream butter (or Nuttelex) and sugar together.
  4. In another bowl beat eggs until light and fold into the butter mixture. (This will start to look curdled at this stage.)
  5. Press bananas through a sieve and add the lemon juice. Blend with the creamed mixture and eggs. Sift the flours, cream of tartar, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a separate bowl. Add the xanthan gum. Mix the flour mixture quickly into the banana mixture with a wooden spoon until the mixture resembles a batter.
  6. Pour into the cake tin and bake in the oven for about 1 hour. Check the cake is ready by pressing lighty on the top. If it springs back it is cooked. (Alternatively, insert a skewer into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, it is ready.)
  7. Allow to stand for 3 minutes, then remove from the tin and allow to cool on a wire rack. Serve warm.


Cook’s tip: If the top of the cake looks cooked but the inside is still raw, place some foil over the top and continue to bake until cooked through.

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Nutritional Analysis

Per serve: fat 11.2 g, saturated fat 2.1 g, protein 2.6 g, carbohydrate 49.5 g, sodium 233 mg, energy 1270 kJ (304 Cal), GI high

Rick Grant Cooking CollectionRecipe taken from The Gluten-Free Cooking Collection by Rick Grant.

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