Banana Loaf Recipe

Hello Cake Cetera readers,

My names Heather and here is my favourite banana loaf recipe. I love all things cake, both eating and making them (sometimes with mixed results). I especially love baking with my kids and feature some of our attempts on my blog Not in the Parenting Manual.

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This is our failsafe banana loaf recipe, which I am delighted to be able to share with Cake Cetera, I hope you enjoy it.

When my son piped up yesterday to ask if we could bake something I spied the over ripe bananas sitting on the dresser and knew what to make, his favourite Banana Loaf (or bread or cake, call it what you will it’s yummy).



It’s lovely, simple & good fun for kids to help with. It tastes great on its own or with some custard. Here’s how we did it:

You will need;

125 ml rapeseed oil (you can use butter or olive or vegetable oil, more about that later)

150g castor sugar,

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg

2 very ripe bananas

190g self raising flour

60ml milk


About the oil




If you don’t want to use oil you can use 125g of butter but I use rapeseed oil whenever I bake and substitute it for the butter or margarine in recipes.  It seems to make my cakes light and fluffy and moist and doesn’t have the same saturated fat as butter.  It’s also a great source of Omega 3, plus it tastes fab, with a slight nuttiness to it =  oh and it’s produced locally!

Sorry I have got quite excited since discovering it! Some people suggest using slighty less oil than butter in recipes as it doesn’t have the same water content but I have always substitute equal amounts and had great success.

Anyway on to the cake. First of all preheat your oven to 170 oc/ 150 oc fan or gas mark 3 (does anyone have gas ovens anymore?) Grease a 2lb loaf tin, then the fun bit, peel and mash up your bananas in a bowl.

006 If you are using butter melt it over a low heat and stir in the sugar and vanilla extract.  If not, just add them to the oil and mix them together before adding the banana and mixing that in too. Beat the egg and then add that to the mix, give it a good stir then add in the flour and milk, stirring until it’s well mixed.  


Finally pour the whole lot into your greased loaf tin, simples! If you want to add a little crunch to the top of your loaf, sprinkle the top with demerara sugar and then pop it in the oven.  45 minutes should do the trick, just check it with a skewer and if it comes out clean you are done. 014 Leave to cool and eat! We had it after dinner last night and again for breakfast, after all it’s one of your five a day right? 015

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Hello lovely Cake Cetera readers. My name is Katie and I blog a lot of food and photography over at It is such a pleasure to be able to share a few of my recipes with you on this brilliant site, and I hope they inspire you to get baking today!

la coco noire

I’m a huge fan of easy baking.  I like minimal effort and maximum taste, so all of my recipes are straight forward and simple – but with no compromise on flavour.

Having a cookery teacher as a mum meant that I developed my love of food at a very young age, but it was only recently that I discovered the all-encompassing happiness that a cake can bring to a dull afternoon. I’ve been going slightly baking mad of late and I love sharing the recipes that I use with others in the hope that they get as much enjoyment out of them as I do. I hope that you will love this week’s Victoria Sponge Cake recipe.


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Oooooh the Victoria Sponge, the mother of all cakes. The quintessentially British masterpiece that deserves all the love of a million baby pugs. Rumour has it this lil beauty gained its name because Queen Vic herself enjoyed a slice, with a cup of tea from her golden throne no doubt. And if it’s good enough for Queenie, then it’s good enough for me! (And you).I urge, no I insist, that you give this a go this weekend. Throw on a union jack dress à la Geri Halliwell, mix up some Pimms, and have a British baller of a weekend.


(Cake) 225g softened butter  //  225g caster sugar  //  4 large eggs  //  225g self-raising flour  //  2 teaspoons baking powder  //  2 round cake tins  // (for the filling) raspberry jam (or strawberry)  //  100g softened butter  //  140g icing sugar  //  vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius, grease and line two sandwich tins.
Beat together the butter, sugar, flour, eggs and baking powder until smooth. Divide this evenly between the tins and bake for 12-15 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the filling by beating together the butter and icing sugar until smooth. Then add a drop of vanilla extract and continue to stir.
When the sponges are totally cooled, spread the filling onto one half of the sponge. Cover (and I mean cover) this with jam of your choice.
Pop the other half of your sponge on top and lightly sprinkle with icing sugar.

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rocky road

Here is a quick and easy recipe from Anne over at Raisie Bay that all kids will enjoy helping with (and eating)

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Roaring Rocky Road


300g chocolate

100g marshmallows

200g biscuits

125g butter

3tbs golden syrup


You can use mini marshmallows for this recipe but as I have three children I like to start with one job each so I use big marshmallows and get one child to chop them up with safety scissors.

Break up the chocolate into small pieces

break up the biscuits into small chunks. You can use any biscuits but crispy ones seem to work better, like Rich Tea, or Arrowroot.

The next job is for an older child or an adult…

melt the chocolate, butter and golden syrup in a pan over a low heat

poor into a large bowl and allow to cool down a little

let the children add the biscuits and the marshmallows and stir

Pour the mixture into a tin 25cm by 20cm and leave to set in the fridge

slice and serve

Thanks for reading, you can find this and many more child friendly recipes over on

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