Easy banana cake with chocolate ganache

6 Aug

Banana cake with chocolate ganache  The Hungry Mum

I was going to start this post by writing everyone loves banana cake but that’s so not true. My mum abhors bananas in any way, shape or form. The poor woman often peers hopefully into my cake tin when she comes over, only to firmly replace the lid when she discovers the baked good is banana cake/bread/muffin.

My mum notwithstanding, I find that banana cake is a real crowd pleaser. This easy recipe for banana cake, via The Australian Women’s Weekly’s Quick Mix Cakes, makes a large slab cake that is just begging for a layer of dark chocolate ganache.

Chocolate ganache is an easy yet lux way of decorating a cake. It is created by melting together good quality chocolate and cream and allowing to cool before spreading on any manner of cake. It aso makes a great snack when eaten straight from the pot.

I try to always keep ganache in the fridge for decorating / snacking emergencies.


2 over-ripe bananans, mashed

¾ cup brown sugar

2 eggs

¼ cup milk

125g butter at room temperature, diced

1 ½ cups self-raising flour


In a small pan over low heat melt together half a cup of single / pouring cream with 125 grams dark chocolate broken into chunks. Stir together until melted and glossy then set aside to cool completely.


Banana cake w chocolate ganache

Preheat oven to 170C and grease and line a 19x29cm cake tin.

Put everything in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat gently until everything is combined, then increase speed until mixture is changed in colour.

Spoon into pan and bake 25-35 mins [depending on your oven].

When cold spread with chocolate ganache.

Banana cake with chocolate ganache

29 Responses to “Easy banana cake with chocolate ganache”

  1. Christine (@cookingcrusade) August 6, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Yum, this looks scrumptious! I love making banana bread or cakes… Great way to use up those overripe bananas!

    • thehungrymum August 6, 2012 at 11:45 am #

      And don’t those bananas go from green to black in a heart beat?! We had a bowl of under-ripe ‘nanas last week, this week I will be baking many a banana baked good!

  2. Lisa August 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    My Mom used to buy cake just like this once a week, when I was in HS, so banana cake with chocolate ganache gets the memories flowing. I need to slather my next banana bread or cake with chocolate anything!

    • thehungrymum August 7, 2012 at 11:20 am #

      banana & choc is a winning combo – can’t go wrong :)

  3. Lisa Warren (@heyLisaWarren) August 6, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    Your mum doesn’t know what she’s missing out on! That looks delicious Belle.

  4. Don't Quote Lily August 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Love love love anything with bananas! :)

    • thehungrymum August 8, 2012 at 11:17 am #

      Ditto! Add some chocolate & I’m a happy little Vegemite :)

  5. thehungryartist August 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    My husband doesn’t like it much either. I don’t get it. I love banana bread. And with chocolate–you can’t go wrong!!

    • thehungrymum August 9, 2012 at 10:48 am #

      Bananas when baked into *anything* are super good :)

  6. adaisygarden August 8, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    Looks delicious!

  7. girlinafoodfrenzy August 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Love a slab cake! Nothing is more Aussie than a slab, beer, cake & more! Banana cake is one of those things I could make (with all those frozen nanas in my fridge, I just gotta get round to it! :)

    • thehungrymum August 12, 2012 at 12:08 am #

      It is *so* Aussie, isn’t it? No fuss, just pure yumminess :)

  8. Shannon McCarthy August 15, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    This chocolate banana cake was delicious. Made it for my husband this past weekend and between him and my grand-kids, it was gone in no time flat. Thanks for sharing.
    – Shannon, the Crumb Cake Queen

    • thehungrymum August 16, 2012 at 2:08 am #

      oooh, thanks for the feedback! Glad it was a hit!

  9. Foodie Joanie August 24, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    that’s just 6 ingredients to make that delicious cake! awesome!

    • thehungrymum August 27, 2012 at 10:31 am #

      Hey, I never counted! You’re right, just a few ingredients and voila, a yummo cake.

  10. Mama's Gotta Bake August 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    Oh yum! Chocolate and banana is my favorite combo!

  11. stephanieaherreratw September 17, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    Reblogged this on Stephanie Herrera Pad.

  12. The Hungry Mum November 12, 2015 at 8:54 am #

    Reblogged this on the hungry mum.

  13. Heather @ Sweet Precision November 12, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

    I love banana desserts and this cake sounds wonderful! Banana and chocolate is always a killer combination in my opinion!

  14. ChgoJohn November 12, 2015 at 5:41 pm #

    This looks so good! It’s a wonder it lasted long enough for you to take photos. You must have banished your family from the kitchen until after the photo shoot. :)

    • The Hungry Mum November 13, 2015 at 5:45 am #

      Awww, you are too kind! The family knows not to even contemplate touching food until I have shot it :)

  15. Antonia November 12, 2015 at 9:44 pm #

    This looks amazing! I love chocolate and banana together!

  16. Anna November 14, 2015 at 2:03 am #

    This looks and sounds lovely! Bananas are one of my favorite ingredients … cakes, muffins, smoothies, etc.! :D

  17. Anna November 14, 2015 at 2:04 am #

    I should also add that chocolate is one of my very, very favorite ingredients, so this combination sounds simply wonderful! :D

  18. hotlyspiced November 14, 2015 at 6:58 am #

    Well I love bananas, any way they come. And I do love banana cake with chocolate icing. What a lovely snack xx

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