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Banana Date Cake/ Loaf ~ baking for beginners

Last night I tried out the Banana Date cake and to be honest it came out really well. My husband was surprised and happy at how it turned out, he gave it a 5* :-). Its a good recipe to try out if you are a beginner at baking. 

If you are a beginner in baking it a must do recipe. You could also use a loaf tin to bake it, the choice is yours.

Simple, easy and with ingredients available in anyone's pantry. So what are you waiting for? 

Recipe Source ~ Nags (modified using dates)

Ingredients needed :

1-2 ripe yellow banana (I used 2 since the bananas were quite small)
2 eggs
1/4 cup white powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup white flour/ maida 
1 tsp vanilla essence
Couple of dates (you can use any nuts or raisins, depending on what you like)


  • Keep the butter out in room temperature and mash the bananas in a separate bowl, just before you start beating the ingredients. 
  • Beat the sugar and butter such that the sugar entirely dissolves in the butter. 
  • Add the 2 eggs and whisk till the two combine.
  • Add the banana mash and beat in low setting until all the lumps disappear
  • Now add the vanilla essence and the white flour, combine using a wooden spoon, do not whisk at this point and later add the dates/ any nut of your choice.
  • Later set it in a greased cake tin and put it on a preheated oven for 180 degree/ fan grill for 40-45 mins until a skewer inserted in center comes clean.
  • Once done take the cake pan and place it on a cooling rack for 10 mins with the pan. Later flip the cake and let it cool down to room temperature. 
  • Slice into pieces and enjoy the cake.


- Powder the sugar and then measure,  sugar can be adjusted based on the sweetness of the banana
- Always sieve the flour before adding to the whisked mixture, while sieving add a pinch of salt
- While setting the mixture in a cake tin, tap it a couple of times so that there is no air pockets in the cake


  1. thank for trying this. adding dates is a great idea!

    1. thanks to you Nags for a fool proof recipe :-)

  2. Can u mention the duration for baking ?

  3. Hi Priya,

    Thanks for writing to me, please follow this preheated oven for 180 degree/ fan grill for 40-45 mins until a skewer inserted in center comes clean.

  4. can i bake this in my microwave oven (ifb 25sc2). where my oven has four modes i) convection mode ii) grill mode iii) convection+microwave iv) grill+microwave. in which mode i can bake and how? please help me. that oven was a gift but i dont know to bake in it.

    1. Hi Sharmila,

      Sorry for the late response. This cake is baked in a conventional oven and not a microwave. Use convection mode if you have an OTG (Oven Toast Grill) check the model manual for more details or simply check for the model number online. I hope this helps, let me know if you need any help.


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