Using up over ripe bananas (£1.68)

Having a toddler, I always seems to be buying bananas, some days toddler Blip will eat them, some days he won’t. Therefore, we seems to end up with over ripe bananas on a regular basis. Now, me being me, I hate wasting food… Also, toddler Blip loves to bake cake. So what better than  turning them into a lovely cake together.

For most of my pregnancy, I haven’t been able to bake/cook. However, this recipe is so easy and having a good day I decided to cook it anyways. What take longest with this cake is to cook it, not to put it together. Even though, without a toddler it would probably be even easier to assemble the cake!

Toddler Blip, has for a while been helping me in the kitchen, and is still learning to crack eggs. Which is a challenge for both mum and toddler. However, we are getting there. This time there was no egg shells in the cake… Jubiiiiii… progress!!

Banana cake (10 slices)

3 Over-ripe bananas (medium size)
60g melted butter
200g caster sugar
1 egg
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 pinch of salt
1 tsp Vanilla extract
200g flour

For the middle of cake (Optional)
60g sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon

Topping (Optional)
Icing sugar and chocolate.


  • Preheat oven to 175 C (fan oven). Put baking paper in a loaf pan, depending on the size you may have to adjust the cooking time. It took me approximately 45 min to cook mine.
  • If adding the cinnamon sugar to the cake, start by making this in a small bowl. All you do is to mix the cinnamon and sugar for the middle of the cake. Leave until putting the batter into the loaf tin. – this part can easily be left out.
  • Melt the butter either in the microwave or in a saucepan.
  • Now in a bowl, mix the bananas, sugar, egg, melted butter and vanilla together, I use the hand mixer. Then sprinkle bicarb of soda and salt over the mixture.
  • Now fold in the flour, be careful not to over mix it.
  • Pour half the mixture into the loaf tin. Sprinkle over the cinnamon and sugar mixture you made earlier. Then add the remaining batter to the loaf tin.
  • Then place the loaf tin in the middle of the oven and bake. Check to see if it is cooked by inserting a clean skewer to the cake mixture. It should come out clean when finished.
  • Leave the cake to fully cool, then you can pour over the chocolate icing. This cake does taste really good without the topping though.


Bon Appetite – as my granddad would have said

These has been based on Tescos prices (June 2017) not including the chocolate Icing.

Bananas 3 of 15 p each  = 45p
Butter 60g = 28p
Sugar 260g = 42p
Egg = 8p
Bicarbonate of soda 5 p
Salt 1p
Vanilla extract 11p
Flour 8 p
Cinnamon 20p

Total cost £1.68 = 17p per slice