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Banana Cake with Chocolate Icing

By Chelsea Sugar
Banana Cake with Chocolate Icing
12 servings
  • 63 reviews

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep time 10 mins
  • Cooking time 40 mins
  • Serves

    125g butter, softened
    ¾ cup Chelsea Caster Sugar or Chelsea Organic Raw Sugar
    2 eggs
    1 cup mashed banana (about 2 large
    1 tsp vanilla essence
    1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    2 Tbsp hot milk
    1¾ cup plain flour
    1 tsp baking powder

    1½ cups Chelsea Chocolate Icing
    1 Tbsp butter (softened)
    1-2 Tbsp Boiling water


    Pre-heat oven to 180°C conventional (160° fan bake). Grease a deep 20cm round cake tin and line the base with baking paper.

    Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

    Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in bananas and vanilla essence until combined.

    Mix baking soda and milk together before stirring into the banana mixture. Sift in flour and baking powder, fold into the mixture until combined.

    Spoon mixture into prepared tin and smooth the top. Bake for 40-45 minutes until cooked (insert a clean skewer, if it comes out clean it is cooked). Stand for 5-10 mins before inverting onto a wire rack to cool. Ice with chocolate icing when cold.

    Icing: Mix Chocolate Icing Sugar, butter and 1 Tbsp boiling water at a time until combined, adding more hot water until icing is a spreadable consistency. Smooth over the top of the cake.

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Average Rating
(63 reviews)

Ur bannana cake recpie is freaken amazing i am so thankfull it is easy to use

love this recipe,my kids love banana cake and this recipe is easy to make

I've been looking for a banana cake recipe everywhere and this one was perfect and really easy to make, it tasted GREAT too. Thank You!

great birthdaycake 2 every body loved it:)

yum the best in the west we all love it here !!

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Yum, the best yet! My children just love it!


Very happy with the result. I altered it a little due to having a few extra mushy bananas. But pretty much the same recipe. I used normal sugar as had no caster sugar. The cake isn't sweet but once I ice it, the cakes will be yummy. Of course I tried a bit before it's iced. Now off to the shop for some icing sugar and a lemon.

What a delicious moist banana cake! Well done Chelsea!!! It is almost sponge like but, oh! So delicious! It is not heavy and doughy for those who like their chocolate cake that way.

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Delicious !! :D

Best recipe ever for a banana cake!

This recipe is a winner. I have made it over and over again and even recommended it to my friends. It's nice, moist and tasty. I had to reduce the sugar but all in all, it's an awesome cake. Thanks Chelsea!

This is one of my favourite cakes. I have made it before and I think it is really moist, not too heavy and a great yummy morning tea or afternoon treat.

Awesome recipe. The cake was so soft. Omg it was unbelievable. I baked 2 cakes for a Christmas do. Everyone loved it. Amazing recipe and very easy to make. Thanks Chelsea.

Classic go to recipe just how my nana made it!

Amazing! I love how it's so moist

I absolutely love this cake. It's the perfect cake and I've made it twice and everyone loved it. I've even had requests from people that were willing to pay for it!

I was looking for a special new and simple cake recipe for my son's birthday. Then I found a banana cake with chocolate icing cake recipe which was very simple and fast recipe. I made this cake recipe for my son birthday party. Wow!! Cake taste was very awesome. Everyone loved his cake. Thanks for sharing this cake recipe.

This is the best banana cake recipe. It turns out perfectly moist every time, rises nicely and is very easy to make. Delicious!

Ya need to use over ripe bananas and if you dont have them, mash yellow ones and let them sit in the open to blacken up a lot. then stir it until wet, before adding the dry ingredients. i use self raising flour as it makes the cake rise up and lite and fluffy...I'm stuck on lemon icing using real lemons and creme cheese :) so delish....

I followed the recipe there was very little cake mix and was quite thick and it just didn't rise or really cook through. So more a banana uncooked biscuit

Nice and super easy. Great if you're in a rush and need to produce some baking for the fam bam! Done it two times and both times it was a little dry sadly. Icing helps a lot. Maybe to overcome this cut the cake in half and add cream. Also, our oven is quite hot so didn't need the whole time. Make sure you watch over 30 mins. :) happy baking follow bakers out there in cyber space hehe

Good honest banana cake.

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It was amazing but I added silver balls to decorate bit down on one to hard and my tooth fell out
lucky it was only a baby tooth.
CHELSEA: Happy to know you enjoyed the recipe but sorry to hear about your baby tooth.

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Delicious! Kiwi fav,always goes down a treat :P

Fast, easy and delicious

So very easy, I am not a great baker, best at cooking, this is the best all told cake I can make and know it will be a success. Made it for the old chaps at the pub, and they loved it, so now making more thanks very much Wendy

Very easy to make and tasty and moist.


Amazingly moist. We really liked it. We added cocoa powder and almond liqueur and it came out perfect. We made the icing with two bars of 70% cacao dark chocolate mixed with boiling water and the icing didn't look the best but tasted delicious to our family of 5. :-) thank you!

My whole family love this cake very much!!! So we make this cake in every weekend. We give thinks to you by heart for giving awesome recipe.

These banana cakes were the nicest things I had eaten in a long time. Jeez!! I recommend this to everyone especially my whanau! Thanx Chelsea.

This recipe was a hit for my birthday! The only thing I would change would be less baking time, but I love this recipe.

Amaaaaazing cake recipe! My oven is too hot so I had to bake it for only half an hour on 150 degrees (according to my oven dial lol). Soooo moist and delish!!!!

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I love this recipe for men it works so well and my mum and dad loved it so much.


The best banana cake ever. I am trying it for the second time today. The first time I made it, there were a lot of praises. People thought I ordered it from a bakery. Love the recipe. Its simple and accurate.

Fantastic...BUT.....I only watched the video after I made the cake and then saw there was a note at the very end about 160 degrees for fan forced!! I was winging the time so my only note for this most mighty cake would be to note that in the written recipe for those like myself that don't watch too many videos!!
CHELSEA: thanks for your feedback - we have updated the recipe accordingly :-)

Excellent so light with great rise from the bicarbonate. Made 3 round 8 inch cakes which baked for 30 minutes from double amount of recipe.

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Beautifully delicious

I make this a LOT (husband keeps buying bananas then leaving them to go bad.. sneaky bugger). Makes a lovely yummy banana cake.

Very easy to make and delicious. Thanks very much.

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Yum! Just so yum and so simple to make!

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Easy banana cake

Love this banana cake recipe. Easy to follow and taste great.

Great banana cake m8

IF it doesn't cook in the middle try a tinfoil tent over top :)

I tried to make the cake in a soccer ball tin which needed me to double the recipe. This was a request from a client. The cake just never cooked in the centre. The longer I left it in the oven the top just started crisping and the inner remained raw. I am very puzzled by this. When I use the recipe in a normal tin it is perfect. Can you help?
CHELSEA: sorry to hear that. As you know the recipe works in a smaller tin, try baking it in two tins, and forming the soccer ball shape after baking. Good luck!

Am not much of a baker ...this recipe was easy and the best part was that the cake was great! Best Banana cake ever! thanks :-)

These recipes are yum

Love this and all chelsea recipes reccommend them all the time :) Happy baking

Wow it is so good and easy to bake I loved it

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This was the best banana cake we ever made

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So moist yummy. Love it it's a favourite in our house hold..

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This is my classic go-to banana cake. Always good, especially with chocolate icing.

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I used this recipe for my first ever banana cake and turned out great! Real moist and great with the chocolate icing. I will be making this again.

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This cake turned out really great, I like that it uses caster sugar makes a lovely texture

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This is one of the best Banana Cake recipes I have tried and will certainly be making it again.

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I have made this cake 5 times now and it has turned out perfectly every time. Delicious, moist, and easy to make. Looks just like the picture and my family LOVE it.

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