Simple Chocolate Banana Loaf Cake Recipe


This chocolate banana loaf cake recipe is the perfect treat for chocolate lovers. You only need one bowl, a spatula and your ingredients to get going!

chocolate banana cake

This chocolate banana loaf cake was adapted from a banana cake recipe I have been using for AGES. Unfortunately, I cannot remember where I got the recipe from but one thing I know is that it has never let me down.

I decided to adapt the recipe to create a chocolate version and the result was this moist, delicious subtle banana flavoured cake.

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Tips for Success: Chocolate Banana Loaf Cake Recipe

  • There are a number of pointers to bear in mind with this chocolate banana cake recipe.
  • This cake would bake in a 6 cup or 8 cup loaf pan as well as a 7-inch square pan.
  • Don’t over mix your batter and don’t over bake your batter.
  • Mix your batter with a spatula until all the ingredients are combined and bake until the skewer inserted comes out moist (that is, you would see a few crumbs stick on the skewer)
  • It is a good idea to bake your loaf a day ahead of the time you’d need it. This allows the flavors to settle and creates a cake that is moister.
  • For extra decadence, I recommend sprinkling some chocolate chips on your batter before baking. You won’t regret it.

A Note about the bananas

  • Weigh your bananas once they are overripe and not the other way around.
  • I used four bananas and I got a subtle hint of banana flavour in my cake. If you feel four bananas is not enough, try adding one more banana to the batter. I haven’t tried this but if you do, please let me know in the comments section.
  • Your bananas should be overripe because overripe bananas produce a cake with a good banana flavour and a tender and moister texture.
  • If your bananas are not ripe and you need to bake immediately, pierce your bananas with a fork and pop into the oven at 200 degrees and allow to bake for 10-15 minutes. The bananas would be black just like normal overripe bananas.  I call this ‘force ripening”

chocolate loaf cake

If you need any help or have any questions about this recipe, please let me know and I would be happy to help out.

I hope you try this recipe and if you do, share your creation with me on Instagram by using the #yenumcakery or tagging me directly. Would love to see your cake!

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Chocolate and Banana Cake

Easy, delicious and packed with chocolate goodness; the perfect loaf for the chocoholic!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Banana loaf, chocolate and banana loaf, chocolate banana cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 422kcal


  • A loaf pan


  • 2 large eggs
  • 3- 4 (320 grams) large overripe bananas mashed
  • ½ Cup (96 grams) vegetable oil
  • ¼ Cup (50 grams) milk room temperature
  • 1½ Cups (190 grams) flour sifted
  • ¼ Cup (20 grams) cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ Cup (100 grams) dark brown sugar
  • ½ Cup (100 grams) white sugar
  • ¾ Cup (120 grams) dark chocolate chips


  • Grease your loaf pan with baking spray or line with parchment paper. Preheat your oven to 180°c/350°f.
  • In a bowl or jug, whisk together your wet ingredients: banana, oil, eggs and milk.
  • In a separate bowl, mix your dry ingredients: cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and sugars until combined.
  • Add your whisked wet ingredients into your dry ingredient mixture and mix thoroughly with a whisk or spatula until you get a smooth batter. Your batter would be on the thick side.
  • Pour your batter into your pan and sprinkle your chocolate chunks/chips on top of your batter.
  • Bake in your oven for 40- 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan before removing from the pan and allowing to cool completely.

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