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Banana cake recipe

Give a good home to old bananas and fight poverty with every delicious mouthful!

Over the years, this Fairtrade banana cake recipe has been downloaded thousands of times, by people across the planet. Enjoy!

Fairtrade Banana Cake

Serves: 6 people
Ready in: 90-100 minutes


250g (8oz) organic white self-raising flour
1/4 of a Fairtrade nutmeg, ground (a challenge to find, but it does exist, honest!)
1 teaspoon Fairtrade cinnamon
125g (4 oz) butter
125g (4 oz) Fairtrade caster sugar
125g (4oz) margarine
Grated rind of an organic lemon
2 free range eggs
3 medium Fairtrade bananas, mashed with a fork (it is better if they are a bit old and squashy)
Handful of sultanas
6 heaped tablespoons Fairtrade set honey
1 whole firm Fairtrade banana (optional)


  • Heat oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4.
  • Sieve the flour, nutmeg and cinnamon into a bowl, and rub in the margarine. Using a wooden spoon, fold in the sugar, eggs, lemon rind, sultanas, mashed bananas and honey.
  • Pour half of the mixture in the tin, drop in the whole firm banana and add the rest of the mixture.
  • Bake for 1¼ to 1½ hours or until a skewer pushed into the cake comes out clean (avoid pushing into the whole banana!).
  • Leave to cool in the tin for ten minutes before turning out onto a rack to cool. Slice, spread with organic butter, eat.

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