Banana Cake (Bolo de Banana)

Brazilian Banana CakeI am always looking for new cake recipes and the simpler the better. At home we always like to have a cake on the counter. We eat cake for breakfast and as a snack in the afternoon, so its an important part of our diet:)! I don’t always manage to have a cake, but I do try. Because we eat cake frequently, I like to make simple cakes. Usually I don’t bother with an icing as it makes the cake much heavier. Also, I like cakes that are quick and easy to whip up. I usually make my cakes at the end of a busy day, so the less time it takes to make the cake the better.

A little while ago I had a lot of over ripe bananas in my kitchen. Instead of throwing them to the pigs to eat I decided to look for a simple Brazilian cake recipe. I came across a simple looking recipe and decided to give it a go. The cake turned out tasty, but it was a little dense. I liked the flavor, but not the texture. So, I noted down the recipe and made note of some changes I wanted to make.

A couple weeks after my first attempt I gave this recipe another go. I made the changes I had wanted to and………the cake turned out fabulous. The flavor was perfect and it was a nice light and fluffy cake. Not greasy at all and just the perfect taste of banana. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE banana cake!

So, here is the recipe, I hope you give this cake a try as it is a true gem and has become part of my regular cake rotation:)!



Brazilian Banana CakeIngredients
2 1/4 cups of white flour
1 1/4 cups of white sugar
1/2 cup of butter, at room temperature
2 eggs
2 1/2 tsps of baking powder
1 tsp of vanilla essence
1/2 tsp of baking soda
3/4 tsp of cinammon powder
5 ripe bananas
1/2 cup of milk

Place all of the first seven ingredients into the bowl of a standing mix.

Mash the bananas in a separate bowl. Add the milk and mix until well incorporated.

Begin mixing the first seven ingredients and gradually add the banana and milk mixture to it. Make sure that the butter has been fully incorportated into the batter. Mix at a medium speed for about 3 minutes.

Pour batter into a greased and floured baking tin. Bake at 180C (355F) for approximately 30 minutes.

Brazilian Banana Cake


6 thoughts on “Banana Cake (Bolo de Banana)

  1. Thank you so much for this recipe!!! I tried it yesterday and it was fantastic! I loved that it asks for 5 bananas because most banana bread recipes I have only ask for 2 or 3 bananas and when they all go ripe at the same time, well that’s just not good enough! 🙂


  2. My son made it for our Mother’s day dinner and I just loved it. It has the consistency of a cake, not the heavy banana bread that we usually make it here in the States, but still with the taste of banana. Everyone just loved it. Thank you for making the changes and come up with this delicious banana cake.


  3. Hi Saskia, I had to come back here and tell you how much we love this recipe in our family. Just to help your readers who, like me, prefer to weight their ingredients, it’s 300g of white flour, 280g of sugar, and most importantly about 300g of bananas (the first time I tried 5 bananas and it was just right, but some other times the bananas were bigger and it resulted in a too heavy cake, so I think that weighing the bananas helps a lot to get it right). Thanks again!


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