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Brazilian Banana Cake

Brazilian Banana Cake

Brazilian Banana Cake

This Brazilian Banana Cake (or bolo de banana) recipe is a simple Brazilian cake recipe which will give you a tasty cake to enjoy with your coffee or tea. This recipe is borrowed from my wife.

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Cake in Brazil

I am married to a Brazilian and believe me the Brazilians do love their cakes. I have spent many months travelling for business in Brazil and staying in Brazilian hotels, mainly in the seaside states of Espirito Santo, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in the South East region of Brazil.

brazilian banana cake recipe

One of the things that always amazed me was the fantastic choice of cakes available at breakfast in these places. Banana cake, or maybe you may call it banana bread where you come from, was often available amongst all the other sweet delights.

brazilian banana bread


I found the ubiquitous soft white ‘french’ rolls were also a great way to start the day in Brazil with a strong sweet coffee.

Brazilian Cuisine

Although my travels took me to some different states in Brazil it was limited as Brazil is such a massive country. Brazilian cuisine is very regional so recipes will change depending on where you are.

For example, moqueca, a delicious type of fish stew, is very different in Espirito Santo (where it is called ‘moqueca capixaba’) than other parts of Brazil. 

bolo de banana


I love Brazilian food and drink; the pastéis,  feijoada, manioc, churrascaria, amongst others, and of course especially the cachaça which is used for making the national cocktail, the Caipirinha.

No doubt the banana cakes will also differ between states, but this cake de banana is one we like. It is quick and easy to prepare and good as a dessert or a snack with your tea.

If you ever get the chance to visit Brazil, or even a local traditional Brazilian restaurant where you live, if you are lucky enough to have one nearby, then you should grab the opportunity!

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Brazilian Banana Cake

Bake with your kids

If you are lucky enough to have kids, teaching them to cook or bake is a great way to spend quality time together. My daughter and I baked this cake together and she has made a video for you of her preparing this cake, just to show how easy it is: 

I hope you enjoyed her video!

Good luck trying this recipe. Please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!


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Brazilian Banana Cake

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This tasty Brazilian Banana Cake is a typical type of cake found at a Brazilian breakfast. This simple recipe is delicious served on its own.


  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 4 tbsp softened butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 4 ripe bananas

For Sprinkling

  • 1 tsp Icing sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Then butter and flour a suitable baking tin.
  2. Sprinkle the bottom of the tin with the cinnamon powder and icing sugar.
  3. Mix the softened butter with the sugar. Then add the eggs one by one, add the flour and mix together well. (It is of course a lot easier to do this with a mixer, but you can do it by hand).
  4. Peel the bananas and mash them to a pulp with a fork.
  5. Add the banana, the baking powder and baking soda to the batter mix and mix together well until there are no lumps.
  6. Pour the batter into the tin and put in the oven for 40 minutes or until the cake has browned. It is done when a knife placed in the middle comes out clean.


Sprinkle with some icing sugar to decorate.

It is, of course, a lot easy to use a mixer to mix your batter, if you have one.

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Here are some other great things you can bake or make in the kitchen with your kids:
Butter Sponge Cake Recipe
Fruity Flapjacks (cereal bars)
Old Fashioned Fudge Recipe
Cinnamon Donuts
Moist Lemon Pound Cake

Or something more savoury:

Make Your Own Pizzas

Or from Brazil:

Brazilian Rice and Beans





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Sunday 12th of June 2022

What size cake tin should i use?


Tuesday 21st of June 2022

I used a 10" springform cake tin.


Wednesday 30th of June 2021

You forgot to add the (4) eggs to your preparation--usually added one at a time, after mixing sugar and butter, and before mixing in dried ingredients.


Monday 5th of July 2021

Thanks so much for your comment Carmen. I have corrected the instructions. We sort of got it right in the video though!!

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