Banana and Sour Cream Cake

I’m staying with my little sister for a while and I have noticed that they always seems to have bananas that are calling out the be made into a cake. All my trusty cookbooks are still on a cargo ship on it’s way from the UK so I raided my sisters collection for a good recipe.

Donna Hay has really become huge since I left Australia nearly 10 years ago and to be honest I’m taking my time to warm to her recipes. The photography in her books has improved 10 fold and I will definitely be taking notes. As you can see from my pic, I’m in need of some help.

This is a simple moist banana cake recipe that Donna suggests you serve with caramel sauce, which would be lovely as a lunch time dessert but I decided to make lemon icing with chopped walnuts.

Banana Cake:

125g butter, softened

1 cup caster sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

3 eggs

2 cups plain flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 cup sour cream

1 cup roughly mashed banana


Preheat oven to 180°C . Place butter, caster sugar and brown sugar in a bowl and beat until light and creamy with electric beaters. Gradually add the eggs, one at a time and beat well. Sift in flour and baking powder over mixture. Add cinnamon, sour cream and banana, stir to combine. Spoon mixture into a greased 26cm fluted ring tin. Bake for 40 minutes or until cooked (mine took 30 mins, depending on your oven). Cool on a wire rack and ice with lemon icing mix and top with chopped walnuts.

Simple lemon icing:

1 1/2 cup icing sugar

1 teaspoon butter

1 teaspoon hot water

Juice of half a lemon

Sift icing sugar into a medium bowl, add butter and hot water and mix well. Add lemon juice and extra icing sugar if the mix is too thin and will not cover the cake well.

16 thoughts on “Banana and Sour Cream Cake

  1. That looks very tasty – there is nothing better for a snack on a warm day than a good moist banana loaf… Mmmm-mmm… A big donut shaped nana cake of joy 🙂 And now I’m hungry.

    Interesting, I had forgotten that cups are used for measurement in Australia – do you find that easier or harder than grams?

    • Awh, thanks Aaron. I love banana cake, very popular in Australia, as you can imagine, bananas are everywhere.
      Funny you mention about using cup measurements as I was contemplating that as I was making it. Very American I guess but makes you feel more unrestrained. I was always so precise with my digital scales in the UK. I didn’t even weigh the butter today as I couldn’t find my sisters scales. I’m a more precise baker though and prefer grams.

  2. That looks so celebratory and ideal for this time of year. I’ve always meant to make a ring cake but my one attempt ever to do it wasn’t very successful. I need a bundt tin instead of angel food one I think.

    • Hi Catty, yes Sydney is treating me well so far. Yeah we had a great day for the picnic the sun was shinning and we had some great food. I even got my pic in some of the blog posts (my lily white English skin against all the tanned Aussies).

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