Banana cake with passion fruit icing

I would like to dedicate this post to Harambe. He lives on in our hearts every day and I am sure that he would have approved of this cake.

I would only have made the best banana cake for our boy H-dawg, so prepare yourself for the most moist and delicious banana cake that you have ever made (or even just eaten).

Get your bananas out for Harambe with this one guys!

Let’s get started.

What I was thinking is in blue.


125g butter (softened) + extra for the icing

¾ cup/150g firmly packed brown sugar (I used demarera)

2 eggs

1½ cups/225g self-raising flour

½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon mixed spice

1 cup mashed banana (overripe)

½ cup/120g sour cream

¼ cup/60ml milk

1 1/2 cup/375ml icing sugar

Passion fruit pulp


Everything that you will need


Method for the cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
  2. Grease a 25cmx15cm loaf pan and line the base with greaseproof paper
  3. In a small bowl, beat the softened butter and sugar together on high for about 4 minutes until light and creamy (you will still see the sugar granules)img_4009
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until combinedimg_4017
  5. Transfer the mixture into a large mixing bowl
  6. Sift in the dry ingredients and add the mashed banana, sour cream and milk
  7. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until combined and there are no blobs of flourimg_4032
  8. Pour the mixture into your greased and lined pan and spread out evenlyimg_4033
  9. Bake your cake in a 180°C oven for about 50 minutes (mine took exactly 50 minutes)
  10. Once baked, leave the cake in its tin for about 15 minutes and then turn it out onto a wire rack (topside up) to cool completely (loosen the edges with a knife if the cake doesn’t want to come out of the tin)

Now for the icing

This icing really does not have to be made with precise amounts of the icing sugar etc. You can make it to your preference (harder or runnier).

  1. Mix together the icing sugar, one tablespoon of butter and two tablespoons of the passion fruit together in a glass bowl (the mixture should be extremely stiff and hard to mix)                                                                                                                                                         img_4039
  2. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water and stir until spreadable (make sure that the bowl isn’t touching the water)
  3. Spread a generous amount of icing on top of your cooled cake                                               img_4053

My final tips/thoughts

  1. This cake is actually so easy I bet Harambe could have made it himself
  2. The riper your bananas the better – mine virtually looked black on the outside
  3. I don’t actually have too much to say because this cake is pretty much fool-proof
  4. This is a good cake for sharing with friends because you can cut it into lots of slices
  5. Always remember to lick the bowl, duh. I’m sure that Harambe would have loved to have a taste of the banana batter…
  6. You could obviously eat the cake un-iced, but I don’t know what kind of crazy person wouldn’t enjoy this icing (Health nuts and what-not).
  7. My kitchen smelt absolutely amazing when I made this cake. So it is guaranteed to make your guests salivate

So, let us raise our cake forks to Harambe and savour every bite of this delicious banana cake.


Before you go, here are a few Harambe memes for you to enjoy.





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