Banana and Cinnamon Loaf Cake

Banana cake is a favourite in our family and I’m always looking at ways to develop my recipe. This cake is gently spiced with a hint of Christmas flavour. It’s not a stunner in aesthetic terms but it is in terms of taste. I like this sliced with a cup of tea but you could have it buttered or with a good vanilla ice cream as a dessert. A perfect alternative to Christmas cake if you are not a lover of fruit cake.


175g self raising flour

50g light brown sugar

125g caster sugar

175 butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 ripe bananas

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon Monin gingerbread syrup

1 tablespoon icing sugar to dust


Pre heat oven to 180C / 160C fan

Grease and line your loaf tin.

Beat together the butter and sugar until soft and creamy.

Add an egg and beat further until combined.

Now add your mashed bananas, flour, baking powder, syrup and cinnamon.

Whisk with an electric whisk or by hand if you prefer until you have a creamy mixture. Transfer to your loaf tin.

Bake in the centre of your oven for 1 hour.

Transfer to a wire baking rack and allow to cool.

Once fully cooled dust over a little icing sugar to make it look all snowy and pretty it up a little.