Banana Chocolate Cake

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This is a family favourite. With 3 boys to fill up (one loves chocolate cake, the others banana), it does the job in one easy mixture and they all love it. It can easily be doubled and has been used on numerous occasions for ‘birthday cakes’.

I ice it with a simple chocolate icing.

  • Prep time: 20 mins
  • Cook time: 40 mins
  • Finished in: 1 hour


  • 100g butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup plain yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups self raising flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon bakins soda
  • 1/2 cup boiling water


Preheat oven to 180 C.   Grease and line a 22cm cake pan.
Beat together butter and sugar, add egg and mix well. Mix in yoghurt, vanilla and then banana,
Dissolve baking soda in the hot water.
Add the sifted dry ingredients and then the baking soda mixture.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
Bake for 30-40 minutes until cake tests cooked.

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43 thoughts on “Banana Chocolate Cake

  1. Just popped this in the oven. The batter looks incredible – think I might just pull this off!

    Question though – the recipe has vanilla essence but it’s not in the method?? At what point should I have put it in??

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  4. I am making a 70th Birthday cake for next Tuesday 20th November for our Ladies Group and I will make 2 Loaf Tins for the 7 and a ring tin for the 0. I hope it will be successful and I would like a Gnash Icing Recipe Don’t know how to spell this. Could you forward one for me. Thank you Verna

  5. My kids love this cake. I had no plain yoghurt though, so I used chocolate yoghurt.

    Wendy, In the method you didnt mention when to add the vanilla essence, so I added it to the creamed butter and sugar.mixture.

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  7. This is an amazingly moist cake. I added more cocoa and slightly undercooked, was like a mud cake. The banana keeps it lovely and moist with out it tasting more like banana than chocolate.

  8. I made this cake for the first time yesterday and it was instantly loved by all. So lovely and moist. Definitely a keeper! Thank you for sharing this recipe with us.

  9. Great cake for the family to enjoy. Helen, you just need to edit the method slightly to remind us to add the vanilla ;)

  10. This is the family favourite of the decade! Makes a lovely big cake – great for birthdays, celebrations and also everyday eating.

  11. Greetings Helen ,
    The best darn banana choc. recipy I’ve baked,moist,and full of flavour.grand kids think its the cats britches.

  12. would be awesome if when i hit the print option on your recipes, the photo would be printed too … can you make this possible? (otherwise i have to ‘edit’ every one before i print it.

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  14. Great recipe, nice and moist. I did not have any yoghurt on hand so I replaced this with buttermilk that i make myself. Thanks for the great recipe will be one of my favourites

  15. Sounds delish wondered if i could jaz it up a bit with choc chips and nuts,would they sink to bottom of cake ummmm!!

  16. Thank you! This cake is amazing. I baked it yesterday for a two year old’s birthday cake (with custard creme icing) and it went down a treat. It is moist and delicious. Yum – I will definitely be making this again.

  17. I made this cake last weekend for my son and his flatties. Later that evening I got a text saying “bloodly good cake”. Now making it for my neighbour in return for colostrum for motherless lambs.

  18. I made these into 12 regular muffins and baked for 20 mins. They were amazing – moist, moreish and the kids loved them. I put a thin layer of nutella on top for decoration which was indeed the icing on the cake. Will recommend and definitely make again.

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  20. Deliciously moist. Quick and easy. I ice with chocolate ganache as per Nestle’s website recipe for ‘chocolate icing’.

  21. Hi Helen

    I’m so glad to see your subscribers are still enjoying this recipe! It is a pleasure to see it becoming a favourite in other households as well.

    Kind regards