Moist And Easy Banana Cake Magic – No Oven Required!

Oh, I completely get those days when you crave a sweet treat but just don’t want the hassle of using an oven. That’s precisely why I fell in love with this moist banana cake without an oven. I promise you, this easy banana cake is a game-changer!

I’ve always believed that the best recipes are the ones we share. And to make things even smoother for you, I’ve filmed a handy video recipe below. I genuinely think you’ll adore this as much as I do.

Taste and Texture of My Favorite Banana Cake

a slice of easy banana cake

This banana cake? Absolute magic! Imagine biting into a super moist slice, where the bananas give it this naturally sweet and creamy taste.

But the real surprise? That slightly crispy golden crust on top of this moist banana cake, which is like a hidden caramel treasure when you flip the cake. It’s like a hug in cake form – soft and comforting with just the right amount of crunch. If cakes could give warm feels, this one totally would!

Eager to get started on this slightly different banana cake?

You Will Need These Simple Ingredients for This Banana Cake:

banana cake recipe ingredients
  • 1 egg (from the local farm, if you can – makes such a difference!)
  • ¼ cup (60g) sugar
  • ½ cup (130ml) milk (I’ve tried both almond and regular, and both work wonders)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (the good stuff, trust me on this!)
  • 1.2 cups (150g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3½ tablespoons (50 ml) cooking oil (I swear by olive, but any will do)
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter (the creamier, the better)
  • 2-3 ripe bananas, halved (perfect for those overripe ones lying around)
  • 1 generous tbsp sugar (this gives that golden caramel crunch)

How To Make This Easy Banana Cake:

Step 1: Start by taking a mixing bowl. Whisk together the egg and sugar until they blend smoothly. This forms the sweet base of our cake.

mixing together egg and sugar

Step 2: Next, pour in the milk. After the milk, add the salt and vanilla extract. These ingredients, though simple, give a depth of flavor that truly makes the cake shine.

adding milk to banana cake batter
adding salt and vanilla extract

Step 3: For an even, lump-free cake, always sift the flour and baking soda together into the mixture. This step ensures the cake rises uniformly.

Putting flour through a sifter

Step 4: Stir everything gently until you get a consistent batter. No dry flour should remain.

stirring cake batter

Step 5: Now, slowly pour in the cooking oil, blending it into the batter. This ensures the cake stays moist and tender.

adding oil to the banana cake batter

Step 6: Grab an 8-inch frying pan and spread the melted butter all over its base. The butter not only prevents sticking but adds a rich flavor.

melting some butter on your frying pan

Step 7: Sprinkle the sugar evenly over the butter. This sugar is the secret to our cake’s delicious caramelized top.

sprinkling some sugar on the bottom of the pan

Step 8: Arrange the banana halves on the sugar layer. These bananas will caramelize beautifully as the cake cooks, giving it a unique flavor.

Arranging the banana halves on the sugar layer

Step 9: Now, gently pour the cake batter over the bananas, spreading it to cover them completely.

pouring the cake batter over the bananas

Step 10: Cover the pan with its lid. Let the cake slowly cook on a low flame for about 25 minutes. As it heats, the sugar at the bottom starts caramelizing, setting the stage for our delicious top layer.

cooking the banana cake for 25 min

Step 11: After the cooking time, remove the lid. Take a large plate and confidently place it over the pan, then flip the pan. Your cake will now have caramelized bananas on top!

fliping the banana cake over

Step 12: Don’t stop here; place the flipped cake back into the pan and let it cook for another 5 minutes. This ensures that the bottom also gets a little golden touch.

cooking the banana cake on the pan for another 5 minutes

There you go! A beautifully moist and easy banana cake, made right on your stovetop, with a crunchy caramelized top layer.

banana cake without oven

Cut yourself a slice, enjoy, and do share your experience with me in the comments below or in the comment on the video.

Storage & Freshness

Got leftover banana cake? Here’s the deal: For short-term munching, leave it out today, but if you’re saving it for tomorrow or beyond, pop it in a sealed container in the fridge; it’ll stay fresh for about 5 days. When you fancy a slice, let it warm up a bit on the counter.

If you’re planning way ahead, wrap individual slices and freeze ’em. When you’re ready for some cake goodness, just thaw and enjoy. And here’s a little fridge hack: a paper towel in the container helps avoid the soggy blues.

Serving Suggestions: Elevating Your Banana Cake

serving banana cake

Now that you’ve mastered this easy banana cake, let’s talk about presentation.

When serving to guests or your family, you can turn each slice into a little work of art. A simple dusting of powdered sugar or a dollop of freshly whipped cream adds a touch of elegance.

For a fruitier twist, serve with a side of fresh berries or a drizzle of berry compote. And if you’re feeling extra fancy, a scoop of vanilla ice cream or creamy vanilla custard takes this dessert to a whole new level.

Frequently Asked Questions About Making Delicious Banana Cake

  1. Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose? Absolutely! You can substitute whole wheat flour for a nuttier flavor, but expect a slightly denser texture.
  2. Can I make it gluten-free? Sure thing! Swap in a gluten-free flour blend to keep it celiac-friendly.
  3. How ripe should the bananas be? For the best results, look for bananas with brown spots; they’re perfectly ripe. Overly ripe bananas can make the cake a bit soggy.
  4. Doubling the Recipe: What’s the recommended pan size for a larger cake? If you’re doubling the recipe, use a 9×13-inch baking dish or two 8-inch pans. Adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  5. Can I use frozen bananas for this recipe? Yes, you can use thawed frozen bananas. Just make sure to drain any excess liquid before using them in the recipe.

Check Out Also: Super Easy Banana Bread Recipe (No Cake Mix, Only 3 Ingredients)!

Moist And Easy Banana Cake Without An Oven

Recipe by Jen Evansy
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Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Who needs an oven to whip up a delectable treat? Dive into this easy banana cake recipe, where a moist texture meets a crunchy caramelized top. Experience the magic of creating a banana cake without the oven and savor every delicious bite.

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  • 1 egg

  • ¼ cup (60g) sugar, plus an additional tablespoon for the base

  • ½ cup (130ml) milk

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1.2 cups (150g) all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 3½ tablespoons (50 ml) cooking oil

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butte

  • 4 to 5 banana halves (2-3 whole bananas, sliced in half lengthwise)


  • Prepare the Wet Ingredients: In a mixing bowl, crack an egg and add ¼ cup (60g) sugar. Whisk them together until well combined. Add in ½ cup (130ml) milk, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Stir until smooth.
  • Sift Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, sift together 1.2 cups (150g) of all-purpose flour and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. This ensures the cake batter will be smooth without any clumps.
  • Combine Ingredients: Gradually fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Add in 3½ tablespoons (50 ml) of cooking oil, mixing just enough to combine. Set the cake batter aside.
  • Prepare the Pan: On an 8-inch frying pan, melt 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter over medium heat, ensuring the pan is well-greased. Once the butter is melted, remove the pan from the heat and evenly sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar over the base.
  • Arrange Bananas: Place 4 to 5 banana halves over the sugar in the pan, ensuring even spacing.
  • Add Cake Batter: Carefully pour and spread the cake batter over the arranged bananas in the frying pan.
  • Cook the Cake: Cover the pan with its lid and cook the cake over a low flame for 25 minutes. Be patient and resist the urge to peek!
  • Flip and Finish: After 25 minutes, uncover the pan and place a large plate on top. Carefully but swiftly flip the pan, transferring the cake onto the plate. Wipe the pan with a paper towel, then slide the cake back into the pan, allowing the bottom to cook for an additional 5 minutes on low heat.
  • Serve and Enjoy: Once done, transfer the cake to a serving plate. Let it cool slightly, then cut into slices and serve. The top of the cake should have a lovely golden caramel crunch, making every bite pure bliss!

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  • Banana Ripeness: For a richer flavor and natural sweetness, use ripe to overripe bananas. They’ll also be easier to arrange at the base and will caramelize beautifully.
  • Manage Batter Consistency: The batter should be pourable but not too runny. If it’s too thick, you can add a splash of milk to get the desired consistency. If it’s too runny, a little more flour can help.
  • Enhance Banana Flavor: If you want an even stronger banana flavor, consider adding a few drops of banana extract to the batter.
  • Gently Tap the Pan: After pouring the batter over the bananas, gently tap the pan on the counter to remove any air bubbles. This helps in getting an even texture throughout the cake.
  • Pan Choice: Ensure you’re using an 8-inch non-stick pan. This ensures easy flipping and reduces the chances of the cake sticking.
  • Consistent Heat: Maintaining a consistent, low heat is crucial. Too high, and the bottom may burn before the cake is fully cooked. If your stove has a tendency to run hot, consider using a heat diffuser.
  • Checking Doneness: To check if the cake is done, insert a toothpick or a thin skewer into the middle. If it comes out clean or with just a few crumbs, the cake is ready.
  • Avoid Overmixing: When combining the wet and dry ingredients, stir just until they’re mixed. Overmixing can lead to a denser cake.
  • Flipping the Cake: Be confident when flipping the cake. Use a plate that’s larger than the pan to ensure the cake is safely caught when turned out.

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In Conclusion

Whipping up a mouthwatering and moist banana cake without the need for an oven is a cinch. This easy banana cake recipe delivers on both flavor and simplicity, with that irresistible caramelized top. Whether you’re a baking novice or an experienced pro, this no-oven-required treat is your pathway to delightful and hassle-free indulgence.

Don’t forget to check out my other video too: ‘Simple and Delicious Baked Bananas (Caramelized in Air Fryer or Oven).’ It’s another delightful treat you won’t want to miss!

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About Jen Evansy

Nutritionist, researcher, avid home cook, and writer interested in everything nutrition and food-related. Striving to inform, encourage, and inspire all the readers to make healthy and informed choices when it comes to cooking, food, diet, and nutrition.