Vegan Banana Cake

It’s been a while since I last did a baking post, and typically I picked a boiling hot day to get back on the cooking wagon but the results were worth it.
We had a load of bananas past their best so I flicked through my collection of recipe books to see what caught my eye and the result was Vegan Banana Cake from bake-a-boo bakery cookbook (with a few alterations).

You’ll need:

450g sifted self-raising flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

400g golden caster sugar (I used a 50/50 mix of golden and normal as I didn’t have enough)

185ml sunflower oil

450ml water

2 teaspoons vanilla essence

2 large ripe bananas (I used four small)

Dried banana chips to decorate (I didn’t have/use these)

To Make:

Pre-heat oven to 180*c and grease/line two 8inch round cake tins (I used two large loaf tins instead).

Place the flour, baking powder and sugar in a large mixing bowl and stir until blended. Beat in the sunflower oil and water and add the vanilla. Then mash up the bananas and fold those in until well combined.

Divide the mixture between the tins and cook for 45 minutes until golden brown and inserted skewer comes out clean (Mine were done on top after 30 minutes but took a further 30 to cook through due to using loaf tins, I covered in foil for the last 30 minutes to prevent further browning on the top).

I stopped at this point because I made loaf cakes, and the cake is so moist and light that I didn’t feel it needed anything else,
however if you love icing, or have made round cakes there is a recipe for vegan peanut butter icing in the book too, which I’ll post below.

The result? A soft, fluffy, moist cake that isn’t too sweet and goes perfectly with a pot of tea! I donated one to work and it didn’t survive the first hour after lunch apparently!

If you wanted to ice the cake, the recipe is as follows:

Place 500g sifted icing sugar in a large bowl and beat in 65g dairy free margarine (pure free, vitalite…) and 150 smooth peanut butter. Slowly add 50ml of water until you get a smooth icing. Use half to fill the cake, and half to ice the cake (if doing a round one) and leave to set for 30 minutes. Decorate with dried banana chips if using.

Entire recipe is vegan friendly and suitable for those with a dairy or egg allergy!


Has anyone visited bake-a-boo? It’s on my list of places to go!

Anyone else got any vegan recipes to share, or done any baking lately?

This was a good start to my week off, and the rest of the day was spent doing my work (DONE!) and spending time in the park with a friend and her dog, making the most of the last of the sunshine.

Summer.Is.Over. Boooo.


11 comments for “Vegan Banana Cake

  1. This looks so good!
    Glad to hear you’ve been enjoying the last of the sunshine…the weekend’s weather was amazing – shame it’s not going to last. x

  2. Woohoo a vegan recipe! Glad you liked it, baking is the best way to use up old bananas!

  3. This sounds amaaazing! I love banana bread, I always seem to end up with a couple of gross bananas and nothing else to do with them haha


  4. Your blog is totally forcing me to use my C to F conversions. So, thank you for making me use my brain πŸ™‚

  5. yum!!! you’re making me hungry Laura.

  6. Hummm… I feel like having cake + tea right now… πŸ™‚

  7. That looks delicious! That’s a good idea covering it in foil for the last 30 minutes. Did you lower the heat in the oven a bit or leave it the same? I’f I’d just baked that I’d have trouble not eating the whole thing. I think I may try your recipe. Thanks! Yummy. I haven’t done any baking lately myself – just microwaved vegan and vegetarian entries. Hope you don’t mind if I share the link to this post with @peta and @MaggieQ on twitter πŸ™‚

  8. Looks so good! Making me hungry haha…x

  9. Mmmmm, I shall give this a go. Love the sound of that icing!