I want to let you in on a little fact. It’ll either make you love this banana cake recipe, or well, make you not love it but here it is: this recipe contains condensed milk. And because I could more than happily sustain life by injecting condensed milk directly into my blood stream, this fact means that I Absolutely Love This Recipe and also because I do believe sharing is caring, here I am sharing it with you.

My mum’s banana cake recipe.

As you can imagine, this recipe has been honed to laser perfection over the years. It’s unique not only because it uses condensed milk *nom* but also includes the juice of an orange, resulting in seriously the moistest, softest, most scrumptious banana cake you’ll ever have.

My mum usually bakes them in two loaf tins, but I’m sure you can also make it in one round tin if you so please πŸ™‚

And I pried the recipe away from her little hands just to share with you. See how much I love you guys? πŸ˜‰

Happy baking!

ps. For those of you orange haters out there (which kinda sorta includes me, I don’t like orange flavoured cakes, especially with chocolate!), you can’t taste the orange juice in this recipe. It just makes it moister!

Banana cake
225 grams sugar (mum sometimes reduces this to 180 grams depending on how sweet she wants it)
250 grams butter
3 eggs
3-4 medium sized banana, ripe (equivalent of 1 cup mashed)
280 grams plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons condensed milk
Juice of 1 orange (approx 100mL)
  1. Preheat oven to 170Β°C/340Β°F.
  2. Beat butter and sugar together until creamy, then add eggs one at a time and continue to beat until mixed.
  3. Mix in flour, baking powder and baking soda until properly combined.
  4. Add condensed milk, orange juice and mashed banana and continue to mix.
  5. Line two loaf tins or one round tin.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes (for two loaf tins) – try 40 minutes for a round tin. Cake is cooked when an inserted skewer comes out clean.
Serves 10-12.

54 Thoughts on “my mum’s super easy super delicious banana cake

  1. This cake looks fantastic! I bet a few good slices of this will gain some of your strength back πŸ˜‰ I only wish banana prices weren’t hitting the roof at the moment, I miss bananas!!

  2. lovely banana cake recipe! thanks for sharing catty! hope you’re doing well there.

  3. Bless your mum. Not only will I try this,..I will EMBRACE it. These pictures have captured the essence of MOIST. I didn’t think anyone could outshine MY banana stuff. But my psychic taste buds tell me that your mum is the better woman. Give her hugs for me and tell her she is tops for letting you share her recipe. She has managed to ring the Happy Bell deep in the California mountains while it is pouring rain outside and making music on the red metal roof.

  4. Hehe well you said the magic words-condensed milk! How are you feeling Catty?

  5. I LOVE condensed milk. Will have to try this soon.

  6. Maria: I knowwww.. poor banana farmers what can they do though? I love a good banana cake, like carrot cake, it almost feels healthy πŸ˜‰

    Melissa: Thanks! I am recovering well!

    Linda: you got one thing right, my mum rocks πŸ˜‰ try the recipe and lemme know if it’s better! hehehe!

    Lorraine: CONDENSED MILK. I feel better instantly! Hehe no really, I am definitely recovering, getting stronger day by day πŸ™‚

    Koreen: who doesn’t!!!

  7. Banana Cake love!! Although ‘summer’ is starting and it’s getting hotter and more humid by the day, I am in a baking zone. This is going on the to-make list! Thank goodness I am awash in a variety of bananas here…8-D

  8. Bigkoko on March 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm said:

    Look delicious… Maybe ask lopO to follow n make me some.

  9. This looks like life sustaining stuff. What a brilliant mum.

  10. Condensed milk and banana in a cake – there is nothing that could possibly go wrong! This should help you recover quickly, I hope you are feeling much better already. In the meantime keep posting lovely family recipes!

  11. Tracey: baking is a total all year activity, Tracey! πŸ˜€

    Bigkoko: Lol, yeah ask the lopo to make it, it’s delicious!

    Tori: Definitely recovery food!

    Ute: Right?? CONDENSED MILK IN ANYTHING! It definitely makes me better πŸ˜€

  12. Hi Catty, glad you’re on the mend. Condensed milk to you! By the way, your recipe says 280 oz of plain flour – is this right, or should it be grams?

  13. Wow1 Love the recipe , sounds delicious, I bet my family would love it

  14. Condensed milk IN banana cake? I like it already. Bookmarked. πŸ™‚

  15. Just made this cake for my daughter and I must say IT IS one fo the MOST MOIST Banana Cake i’ve ever tried! Perfect! Your mom really rocks!

    PS: I think the sugar needs to be adjusted based on the sweetness of the bananas, in my case they were very sweet so will need to reduce even more.

    • I’m so glad you liked it! It IS the best recipe isn’t it? and really easy to follow πŸ™‚ Yeah my mum reduces the sugar right down too. Yay!

  16. Hello!

    i am planning on making this tomorrow because it looks delicious, but only have two sad brown bananas to use. Just wondering what size loaf tin you bake it in so I can halve the recipe and use a tin half the size?


    • Hi Natalie!

      The loaf tins we used were 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches – with this recipe we use TWO loafs tins so with half the recipe (ie your two sad bananas πŸ™‚ ) you can just use one loaf tin. Hope that helps!

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  18. This banana cake recipe is very unique with orange juice and condensed milk.
    I hope to try it out the next time I have some bananas

  19. Rosieposie on December 27, 2011 at 11:49 am said:

    Just made this very moist banana cake but used “caramel condensed milk” and it turned out absolutely scrumptious. I baked the cake in my new round silicone baking pan which doesn’t need greasing which is so convenient to use, especially for this lovely cake. Thank you.

  20. are you sure it is delecious

  21. Daisy on April 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm said:

    I made this cake last week, the only changes I made were baking time (took aaaages in a round tin) and I sprinkled the top with granulated brown sugar before baking. It was amazing. My husband who doesn’t normally like cake was arguing over the last bit and all in all it was a great success. I am going to be making this cake on a regular basis! Thank you, and thanks to your Mum πŸ™‚

  22. Hiii!!!

    What a great cake..I used caramel condensed as none of other in cupboard and it bakes a huge cake..did in round tin and yes bakes about 90mins on 170 deg c but worth it and family absolutely love it…so happy to finally find a PERFECT sized sweet moist yummy banana cake..thanks Catty

  23. WOW! This has now become my favourite cake to make, everyone loves it as well. Also it’s practically healthy right? One of your five a day πŸ˜€ Thanks to you and your Mum too! x

  24. Thanks Deb and Nina – always love to hear good feedback about this recipe, it makes my mum so happy!! πŸ˜€

  25. anisha on April 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm said:

    delicious recipe.can i use the same recipe to make cup cakes?

    • Yes definitely, in fact that’s how I make them most of the time now πŸ™‚ Bake in the oven for less time though – try about 15-20 mins, and just check by inserting the skewer. Once the skewer comes out clean it is done πŸ™‚

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  27. Emma on July 10, 2012 at 3:18 am said:

    Me and my 8 yr old daughter just made and it is delicious. Thanks. X

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  29. Theresa on August 27, 2012 at 6:37 am said:

    Try substituting a little lemon juice instead of orange juice. It’s actually a little less noticeable than the orange.

  30. LETICIA on October 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm said:


  31. Steve on March 24, 2013 at 5:08 pm said:

    I did a search for banana and condensed milk and this looks like a great way to combine the two.
    It is baking now. Just wanted to say thank you. πŸ™‚
    In fact, I can smell it as I type this and it’s mouth watering. Can’t wait. πŸ™‚

    • How did it turn out???

      • Steve on March 29, 2013 at 9:55 pm said:

        It was absolutely scrumptious, thank you! πŸ™‚
        In fact, I bought some more bananas and I’m waiting for them to slightly over-ripen and I’m going to have another go at it. I might even put a wee bit more condensed milk into the next one and see how that changes the taste. We shall see.
        So thank you again (and your Mum) for the recipe. πŸ™‚

  32. just made this today.. tasted so good and im glad I found this recipe. been wanting to make banana cake for so long and this was the best ive had

  33. Mary Jankovic on May 20, 2014 at 1:05 pm said:

    Yes I made it and yes its terrific! I covered it with cream cheese frosting and sprinkled with toasted slivered almonds and everyone loved it. Thank you so much for sharing.

  34. Yesterday i made the banana cake and its simply delicious but i had to cooked it for one hour instead of 40 minutes, but for now i am going to keep this recipe in one of my favourites cakes, thanks for sharing it to us.

  35. hi Catty dear, i made this cake last week Friday and it was a super hit! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe πŸ™‚ the cake was very moist and not too sweet. Only thing it was too crumbly when i cut the cake. Do you know why? Btw what size eggs to use for this recipe? i used small eggs. And also i added chopped walnuts into the batter.i am wondering if this could be the reason?

    • I use medium sized eggs but that’s weird that your cake is crumbly. Could be the eggs/walnut cos it’d make the mixture dryer. Maybe try adding another egg next time? Glad it was a hit tho.

  36. Chef Jared on November 6, 2014 at 2:33 am said:

    That was the best recipe/I tried and it was fantastic.

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  38. Polly Florence on May 7, 2015 at 4:51 pm said:

    Ive baked numerous banana cake recipes however none compares to your Mum’s beautiful recipe, you had me at condensed milk and orange juice…Moist, flavoursome and definitely moorish. TY so much for sharing, also noted that this recipe has been posted a few years ago, still extremely happy to have come across it. Love it.

    • Thank you!! I know, this recipe is an oldie but a goodie. I bake it quite often and now I feel like baking it again πŸ™‚ So happy you enjoyed!

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