Brilliant banana loaf cake

This banana loaf cake is brilliant for so many different reasons. It is teaming with delicious, healthy fruit and the top of the cake is drizzled with sweet, white icing sugar – the combination of which is incredible. I think you will find that one slice is never enough!

The recipe is very straightforward and all the ingredients are probably in your cupboard right now! It is a great way of using over ripe fruit and the bananas give the cake that delicious moist texture.

My handy tip is to visit your local grocer or market stall as they very often have over-ripe bananas that they are either selling off cheap or that they would be happy to give to you rather than throw away.

Gluten free. Dairy free. Soya free.

Brilliant banana loaf cake

Brilliant banana loaf cake fresh out of the oven.

Ingredients for brilliant banana loaf cake

  •                 140g of dairy free margarine plus a bit extra for greasing the tin
  •                 140g caster sugar
  •                 2 large eggs, beaten
  •                 140g gluten free self-raising flour
  •                 1 tsp baking powder
  •                 2 very ripe bananas, mashed

For the decoration

  • 50g icing sugar
  • A few drops of water
  • A handful dried banana chips

Method for brilliant banana loaf cake

  • Pre-heat oven to 180C/160C fan.
  • Grease a 2lb loaf tin and line the base and sides with baking parchment. I use cake liners that you can easily now buy online. It  makes the lining of the cake tin so much quicker and easier.
  • Use a wooden spoon to cream the margarine and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Slowly add the beaten eggs.
  • Then fold in the flour, baking powder and mix thoroughly.
  • Finally spoon the bananas in to the bowl and mix together thoroughly.
  • Pour into the cake tin and bake for about 30 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Cool in the tin for 10 mins before removing it.
  • Place on a wire rack to cool through.

For the decoration

  • Sieve the icing sugar in to a bowl and add 2-3 tsp water.
  • Mix together to make a runny icing.
  • Drizzle the icing across the top of the cake and then sprinkle the top with banana chips.


Cut up and ready to be enjoyed.

Banana loaf cake. Cut up and ready to be enjoyed.

If you fancy a healthier alternative, try topping with extra banana chips rather than opt for the drizzled icing.

A healthier, no icing option

A healthier, no icing option

For more brilliant banana inspiration, why don’t you try this banana and berry smoothie blast or these easy no-sugar banana flapjacks.



Georgina Hodge
Georgina Hodge
About me

My aim is to provide fun, easy and inspirational tips, ideas and recipes for a happy and healthy gluten, dairy and soya free way of life that everyone will love, especially our precious little ones X


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