one-bowl banana cake

  • 4 medium ripe bananas (1½ cups mashed)
  • ½ cup (125ml) light flavoured olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cups (265g) brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups (225g) self-raising (self-rising) flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the bananas in a bowl and mash with a fork. Add the oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla and mix to combine. Add the flour and cinnamon and mix to combine.
  2. Pour into a 22cm round cake tin lined with non-stick baking paper. Cook for 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to stand in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire wrack to cool completely. Serves 8–10
Click here to watch me make this super-easy cake in a quick video!

Photography: Chris Court

Reader ratings (3.56) 321501
donna hay team

Hi Sue, all of our recipes are tested in a fan-forced oven, no need to adjust the cooking time. If you wish to add walnuts, you could use ½ cup of chopped walnuts or you can add more if you prefer. Happy baking!

donna hay team

Hi Trace, You could use wholemeal flour, however we have not tested the recipe like this and unsure how it would work out, but do let us know.
One tip: If you find the mixture is too dry, you may need to add a little more extra olive or vanilla. Happy baking!

trace moreau

Hi Donna, can you substitute the white flour with wholemeal?  Im looking for a nuttier, carrot cake type texture.  Thanks

Sue McPhan

What temperature should I use for a fan forced oven and how long should I bake for?
Also, if I want to add walnuts, how many and should I change any of the other ingredient amounts?
Many thanks

Y van Amstel

I have made this cake four or five times and each time it loved by everyone who takes a bite. So easy and quiet to make and a crowd pleaser.

Dian Mahoney

Fantastic recipe, made for the first time last night and was nice and moist and so easy, one bowl what more could you ask for. My go to from now on. I just added walnuts also

donna hay team

Hi Sel, you did not do anything wrong, the one-bowl banana cake is meant to be a slightly dense cake. We hope this helps! The DH Team

Sel Gaudoin

I made this today, great flavour but it was quite dense. Did l do something wrong, l have a fan forced oven and l cooked for 45 minutes?

donna hay team

Hi Asmaa, this one-bowl banana cake is slightly dense, however, to change plain flour into self-raising flour, we recommend using 2 teaspoons of baking powder to 1 cup of plain flour. The DH Team

donna hay team

Hi Asmaa, this one-bowl banana cake is slightly dense, however, to change plain flour into self-raising flour, we recommend using 2 teaspoons of baking powder to 1 cup of plain flour. The DH Team

Asmaa Hasan

Can you please tell me how to substitute the self raising flour with plain flour.  I added for each cup of flour 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt but it didn’t elevated. It was very delicious although.

Jacqui Barrett

So easy, delious and moist. Have only made once and have already been asked for the recipe!

Bianca McCann

Great recipe! Made 5 times now and turns out perfect! Definitely my go to banana cake recipe!

Gen Fiit

Super easy to make and fantastic result. I have tried a fair few banana cake recipes but this is bt far the best. Will make again.

Rheena Krishnan

Perfect cake done in minutes!

Danni A

Made this as a last minute cake (with frosting) for my partner’s birthday and it was so simple and delicious. The whole family loved it and will definitely be using this recipe again!

Jo Broo

This is a simple recipe with an excellent result. I changed the brown sugar to dark brown sugar and added some chopped walnuts and the result was outstanding. Thanks for this recipe! It’s now become a favourite!

James McKenzie

Easiest cake to make, even after a couple of days it’s not dry and everyone loves it! Baking made easy!

Kristy Hall

Absolutely beautiful and easy to make. Thank you!

Beverley Brauer

Beautiful cake so easy!  I love the 1 bowl cooking - it was my husband’s birthday cake


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