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Tea time recipe: Banana cake

Bananas ripen very quickly in Hong Kong. If you can’t eat them quick enough, you can always freeze them for smoothies or you can use them to bake yourself a yummy banana cake. In case you’re looking for a recipe for the latter, here’s one from a reader. Happy baking and eating!

“It’s such an easy recipe! Not too sweet and tastes so good – I’ve gotten many compliments on it!”
– June Yap, Singaporean stay-at-home mum.

Banana cake recipe close up


  • 300g unpeeled bananas
  • 180g unsalted butter (semi-hard)
  • 160g castor sugar
  • 240g flour
  • 4 eggs and 2 egg yolks
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Banana Bread


  1. While the oven is pre-heating, mix butter and castor sugar in a bowl on low speed until even. Then, change to medium speed and beat until fluffy.
  2. Add in eggs a little at a time. Scrape down the sides for even mixing.
  3. Add in mashed banana.
  4. Using low speed, fold in the flour. Mix until well combined.
  5. Pour mixture into two loaf tins and bake at 170 degrees Celsius for 45 minutes.


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This article first appeared in the February/March 2019 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.