Mary Berry’s Divine Banana Cake

Nothing says home like the smell of baking!

I love baking (however, not as much as I love eating what I’ve baked). I love a recipe that is so easy that you just add all the ingredients together, mix and shove it in the oven. There’s nothing complicated about that, even a novice baker can’t go wrong. I’ve found when looking for something nice to bake, I always resort to a Mary Berry recipe. She really is the queen of baking, isn’t she? So, I thought I would share with you her Banana Loaf.

Level: Easy            Prep time: 15 min            Cook time: 1 h            Total time: 1 h 15 min


100g (4oz) butter, softened
175g (6oz) caster sugar
2 eggs
2 ripe bananas, mashed
225g (8oz) self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp milk


Lightly grease the loaf tin and line it with non-stick baking parchment. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Measure all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat for about 2 minutes, until well blended; an electric mixer is best for this but of course you can also beat by hand with a wooden spoon.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface. Bake for about 1 hour, until well risen and golden brown. A fine skewer inserted in the centre of the cake should come out clean.

Leave the cake to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then loosen with a small palette knife and turn the cake out. Remove the lining paper and leave on a wire rack to cool completely. Slice thickly to serve.

Top Tip : The recipe says pop it in the oven for 1hr, but mine only needed about 45mins. Just keep an eye on it and if it looks done, check it with a skewer and take it out to cool.


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