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Banana Cake

  • yield: Makes one 9-inch cake




  • 1 cup cake flour (not self-rising), plus more for pan
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Ground cloves
  • 2 very ripe bananas, 1 mashed (1/2 cup), 1 very finely chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pan
  • 1/2 cup dark-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch round cake pan. Line with parchment cut to fit, and butter and flour parchment. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and a pinch of cloves into a medium bowl. Whisk mashed banana, buttermilk, and vanilla in a small bowl.

  2. Step 2

    Beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add egg, and beat until well combined. Reduce speed to low, and add flour mixture in 2 additions, alternating with banana mixture. Add chopped banana, and beat until well combined. Pour batter into pan, and use a spatula to spread into an even layer.

  3. Step 3

    Bake until golden brown and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cake cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife around edge of pan, and invert pan onto rack. Remove parchment, and flip cake so top side faces up. Let cool completely on wire rack.

Martha Stewart Living, July 2008

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Reviews (7)

  • Rafidah Juky 10 Jun, 2012


  • ARosie 19 Apr, 2011

    I thought this was pretty good, you can make a 3 banana recipe if you make a "combine" with this recipe, as they are essentially the same:

    I put a few chocolate chips in the batter, and frosted with chocolate good!

  • sly0917 31 Jul, 2008

    The whole recipe is under "banana split bombe" and gives you the entire instructions/assembly...the banana cake recipe is a separate link

  • MadilynRose13 8 Jul, 2008

    You guys need to go to the frozen desserts for the rest of the recipie

  • mg0nzalez 26 Jun, 2008

    Wait, i found it... its the Banana Split Bombe Recipe.. It looks delicious. cake

  • mg0nzalez 26 Jun, 2008

    yeah, i was wondering the same thing... where's the rest of the recipe :(

  • Grayson_Dempsey 20 Jun, 2008

    So how do you get the cake to look like the picture? Am I missing the instructions for icing adn otherwise finishing?