Chocolate & Banana Loaf Cake

Chocolate & Banana Loaf Cake
Another of my really simple cakes – it’s definitely a firm favourite in our house and uses up the bananas I bought because the children begged for them and they’ve gone brown in the fruit bowl because no-one’s eaten them.

250g plain flour

2tsp baking powder

125g butter

225g dark muscovado sugar

5 bananas – super ripe

1tsp vanilla extract

2 large eggs

200g dark chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 180c/160c Fan/Gas Mark 4.
Cream together the butter and sugar.

You need to use really dark muscovado sugar for the best taste.

Beat in the two large eggs followed by the flour and baking powder.
Place the bananas in a bowl and break them down with a fork.  You don’t want mushy puree here just mash until still slighty chunky.

Add the banana to the mixture followed by the chocolate chips.

Grease and line two 2lb loaf tins and divide the mixture between the two.

Bake in the oven for 35 minutes.  After this time cover them with foil to stop the tops from browning too much and return to the oven for a further 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving.
Chocolate & Banana Loaf CakeChocolate & Banana Loaf Cake

Ruth Clemens Baker

Ruth Clemens, Baker Extraordinaire

Finalist BBC2’s The Great British Bake Off

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56 Responses to Chocolate & Banana Loaf Cake

  1. Nic's Notebook says:

    Sounds great – I made a banana & walnut loaf last week, but chocolate sounds so much better lol..! x

  2. Ruth says:

    Ooops vanilla essence goes in after creaming the butter and sugar!

  3. Amanda says:

    Sounds yummy will definitely be giving it a go. I made your rose fairy cakes this week. A big hit 🙂

  4. chrissy says:

    sounds gorgeous … i'm going to give this recipe a go over the weekend

  5. Keri hayward says:

    I shall miss you on TV… you make baking look so easy and such fun. Bet you get a TV show of your own one day. Good luck your an inspiration. 🙂

  6. Maria♥ says:

    Hi Ruth

    I'm new to your blog.

    Your choc banana loaf looks and sounds delish!


  7. Lisa Ward says:

    Hi Ruth,

    Cake looks and sounds great. I made a banana, pecan nuts and date loaf last week and it was delish. Never tried it with chocolate, but chocolate is always a winner in my house!


  8. Anonymous says:

    just watched the last of the great british bake off brillient programme. i then logged on to ur website, fantastic.


  9. Anonymous says:

    Ruth, I've been hooked on The Bake Off for the past few weeks and won't know what to do with myself on Tuesday evenings now!

    You've inspired me to have a go at baking and the banana and chocolate cake sounds delicious. Is it possible to freeze the cake once it's baked?


  10. Crafty JuJu says:

    Hi, new follower 😀 Loved you on the Great British Bake Off 😀 I'm so going to have to give this cake a try, it sounds yummy.

    Julie x

  11. Katie Shingles says:

    Well done with the show! and i love your blog too.
    I tried this recipe tonight and it worked a treat. The family loved it. I will try some other recipes very soon! I posted a photo of my result on my blog if you would like to take a look –

    Thank you for the encouragement to take up a new hobby 😀
    Happy Baking x

  12. Victoria says:

    HI Ruth! Really enjoyed the finale on TUesday night…and so happy to find your blog! Bananananannanananana bread (as we say in my house) is one of my all time comfort foods! I love mixing it up with chocolate chips, or walnuts, or pecans….so so so good!

    Been working on my blog for about a year now and still find blogging inspiration daily! Looking forward to your future posts. x

  13. greetje says:

    hi ruth

    here is a message from holland!
    i enjoyed the bake off,and your website is
    great looking.i am still thinking what to
    bake first.


  14. Cath says:

    Well done Ruth – you've been fabulous! Just watched the final on iPlayer (as we don't have a TV) – and immediatley logged onto your blog – LOVE it! I love baking, but don't go beyond my Mum's tried and tested recipes – one of which is banana loaf. I'm most definately going to try your banana and chocolate version this weekend. Can't wait! Carry on baking – and writing!.

  15. Ian says:

    I made this two hours ago and I've already had three slices. Oh dear! So, so good. I forgot the vanilla essence but it's still amazing. x

  16. Ciwan says:

    Hi Ruth

    Thanks for this, I'll be sure to try out.

    I saw you on the Bake Off Show (that's where I got the site from). You're VERY Talented.

    WELL DONE. 😀

  17. kym says:

    I'v just baked the chocolate banana loaf having hung on to some very ripe bananas whilst looking for a recipe to use them up, I don't like to waste anything ! !… I'm waiting for the loaf to cool down so i can try it,
    will miss the Bake off on tuesday nights, loved Paul Hollywood.

  18. kym says:

    The chocolate banana loaf is amazing, I keep popping into the kitchen for some more, it's so moreish, can't wait for the next lot of banana's to over ripen xx thanks

  19. purplepumpkin says:

    Hi – loved watching the GBBO, really made me want to start baking again. If I wanted to make this recipe in a smaller tin, say a 1 lb tin, how much less time would it need in the oven?

  20. Katy says:

    Hi Ruth

    I made this recipe today and it was lovely. I had to put the mixture in one big tin as I did't have a loaf tin. I have also made you sugar topped scone and caramel cake and they have all turned out fantastic.
    Keep the recipes coming.

  21. Jayne says:

    Hi Ruth
    Made the chocolate banana loaf this evening – minus the vanilla extract! – delicious!!! Love your blog and will be trying more of your recipes – can you post some low-fat ones to save my waistline 🙂 X

  22. Jo Townsend says:

    Oooh…. I have this in the oven and I can't wait to try it. I recommended this site to a friend of mine and she made the banana and choc loaf over the weekend. It's apparently the best thing she's ever made. I'm excited!!! Haha. Would love to know if it freezes well once baked though….. xx

  23. Ruth says:

    This cake has never made it as far as the freezer – the boys never let it get there! I don't think it would be too good frozen as banana doesn't freeze well but if you do try let us know how it works x

  24. Anonymous says:

    Hi Ruth

    I made this banana and choc loaf cake this evening it tastes fantastic and so easy to make.
    looking forward to trying some of your other recipes. xxx

  25. Anonymous says:

    What a great site! Will watch the show and try some of your recipes this weekend.


  26. Anonymous says:

    Is there a rough weight of bananas to use if you've got especially small or large bananas?

    Going to try this over weekend x

  27. Barbara says:

    Hi Ruth,

    please can you tell me if I can use 3 medium eggs since I don't have the large ones?

    In your recipes when you don't specify the size of the eggs, are they the large ones?

    Thank you so much from now for yours answers.


  28. Ruth says:

    Hi Barbara – the eggs I use are generally large, I would use 4 medium ones to replace 3 large x

  29. lindyloo says:

    Barbara I think Ruth means 3 medium eggs to replace 2 large ones. As that's what is in the Banana cake recipe……..Poor Ruth must be doing too much with the boys and all her work that's shes got confused as to what recipe she is commenting on xx

  30. Ruth says:

    Barbara & Linda – apologies yes I am meeting myself coming backwards here 3 medium eggs to replace 2 large – sorry! x

  31. Katie Shingles says:

    Hi, me again, i made the choc & banana loaf and loved it! however my boyfriend doesn't really like bananas, so i was wondering if this recipe would work with white chocolate and raspberry? if so how much of each should i use? or do you have any other advice/ideas? x

  32. Debbie says:

    Is there a rough weight of bananas to use if you've got especially small or large bananas?

    Going to try this over weekend x

  33. Ruth says:

    Debbie – Roughly 700g bananas weighed with their skins on x

    Katie – this is more a dark cake recipe and not sure if it would transfer to white choc and raspberry – its worth a go though – I would use white choc to replace the dk choc and one punnet of raspberries x

  34. Anonymous says:

    Well I have made Eccles cakes today from the Bake Off Recipe book which have just come out and look scrummy as my husband said!!

    The Banana and choc loaf cake is in the oven, I have made one in a loaf tin and one in a sandwich tin!! Will see how it comes out.
    loved you on the Bake off Ruth and you have inspired me to begin baking something I was never sure I could do!!
    Thanks again!!
    Mel in lincoln

  35. Kate says:

    Can these be frozen after cooking and cooling?

  36. Ruth says:

    Kate – yes these can be frozen – I finally managed to snaffle one into the freezer to keep for later before the boys found it – defrosts as good as when it was made!

  37. Anonymous says:

    I am going to make this as cup cakes do you know if it will work, will I need to reduce the cooking time. looking forward to baking this

  38. Ruth says:

    It should work at cupcakes but I have never tried will need much less cooking time – probably half an hour ish but keep your eye on them and adjust as necessary x

  39. Anonymous says:

    Muffins made as planned, taste test carried out in the name of science of course, these are lovely, defo going to make them again. Thanks

  40. A Pink Whisker says:

    Hi Anonymous, glad this recipe worked out as muffins, was thinking of trying them myself, how many did it make?

  41. Lisa Shannon says:

    Mmmm this is delish and is perhaps even nicer the next day, another triumph. Thanks Ruth

    Lots of Love
    Lisa xx

  42. Anonymous says:

    I only have one 2lb loaf tin, so halved all of the ingrediants. I made it this morning but its only about 4cm tall! I don't understand how this is? Halving the ingrediants filled up the tin about half way, is this right or should it be more like a muffin and about 3/4 full? It still tastes fantastic though!

  43. Ruth says:

    It should be about 3/4's full so I'm not sure where it's gone wrong! Glad it still tastes good even if it is only 4cm tall! xx

  44. claire says:

    I made this for a picnic and my friend described it as 'out of this world'. It is now going to be part of her wedding day pudding platter! Thanks for such a brill recipe! x

  45. sue says:

    made this at last- it was simple and everyone loved it!! thanks for the recipe.

  46. margaret says:

    Great site Ruth thank you.

    Have some over rip bananas, gonna make this

  47. MaddieMoo says:

    Hi Ruth,
    I’m so proud of your blog,it’s a-maz-ing! All of your recipies sound scrumpious.
    I really love writing my Blog I think I should put more stuff about baking on there!
    You were terrific on the Bake Off!!
    p.s. Mum has said I can make your Christmas cake this year.[Hurry up Christmas!] I’ll let you know how I get on.

  48. Becky C says:

    I just made this and it came out perfectly! I’m so chuffed I think it’s the first time I made anything that came out looking like the picture! Thanks Ruth, your instructions are so clear and easy to follow 🙂

  49. bec says:

    Made this today with the chocolate frosting from your traybake receipe. Absolutely delicious. Thank you!
    PS Think I will add nuts next time 🙂

  50. Dawn says:

    Made this today, but made one large one in a roasting tin as only had one loaf tin and too impatient to wait for both to cook. Delicious! Do you know if it freezes well? Have put a slice in the freezer as a test, as it would be ideal for lunchboxes. It would also stop us eating it all in one day!

  51. Kate Gibbs says:

    First time I have made one of your recipes, loved you on the bake off and my mum told me about your website. Just made this cake in a round sandwich tin as don’t have a loaf tin!! So yummy!! Couldn’t wait till it had cooled as it smelled so good – had a slice warm with vanilla ice cream – will definitely make it again! xxx

  52. kym says:

    I love this recipe and have made it loads of times it is always a success and I have family and friends save their over ripe bananas for me, The last couple of times I have made it in an oblong 8″ x 12″ tin and everyone seems to like it just as much. Thank you its just delicious..x

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