A colleague passed me some walnuts and though I am not a fan of walnuts, I didn’t want to waste them and so I decided to bake the good old banana walnut cake and bring half to a party. This is a very versatile recipe and chocolate chips can be added for chocolate lovers.






Here’s the recipe.

(Bakes a 7 inch square tin)


  • 270g top flour
  • 250g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 240g bananas, mashed
  • 140g light brown sugar
  • 100g walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • About 2 bananas, sliced for decorations


  1. Preheat the oven at 160 degrees and line a 7 inch square tin with baking paper.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar till light a fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  5. Add the sifted flours in 3 additions, folding in gently with each addition. Add the mashed banana and walnuts and fold till just combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and decorate the top with sliced banana.
  7. Bake in preheated over for about an hour and test if the cake is baked by inserting a skewer into the middle of the cake and if the skewer comes out clean, the cake is done.
  8. Cool on wire rack and an unmould and let cool completely before slicing into it.

It’s a moist and lovely cake.