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Gluten-free Chocolate Banana Cake Recipe

Gluten-free chocolate banana cake recipe - perfect for using up all those ripe bananas! Coeliac-friendly and wheat-free too.
Servings 10 slices
Author Becky Excell


For the cake:

  • 115 g butter softened (use Stork hard margarine if dairy-free)
  • 115 g light brown sugar
  • 2 medium eggs beaten
  • 400-500 g ripe bananas mashed (around 4 bananas when peeled)
  • 210 g gluten-free plain flour
  • 40 g cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 150 g chocolate chips plus extra to decorate (dairy-free if necessary)

For the frosting

  • 125 g butter softened (use Stork hard margarine if dairy-free)
  • 90 g icing sugar
  • 25 g cocoa powder
  • 55 g dark or milk chocolate dairy-free if necessary


For the cake:

  • Preheat your oven to 160C Fan / 180C and prepare a 2lb loaf tin.
  • Cream together the light brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  • Next add your beaten eggs alongside your mashed banana (I tend to just mash mine with a fork!). Either by hand or with a whisk, mix your eggs and banana in until combined. At this stage you'll realise how important it is to have very ripe bananas - if they are underripe it's harder for them to combine.
  • Add your gluten free flour, sifted cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda to the bowl and mix briefly just to combine and so that no dry flour can be seen. Fold in your chocolate chips at this point, if using.
  • Spoon / pour your mixture into a prepared 2lb loaf tin And place in the oven for about an hour.
  • Check that it's cooked by sticking a skewer into the centre and seeing if it comes out clean. Allow to cool fully.

For the chocolate frosting:

  • Melt your chocolate (I do this is the microwave in 20 seconds bursts), put to one side to cool whilst making the rest of the frosting.
  • Place your butter in a bowl and mix on its own on a high speed for about 3-5 minutes. The butter should change from a more yellow colour to being a lot more pale.
  • Add your icing sugar carefully to the butter and mix it in for a few minutes.
  • Sieve in your cocoa powder and then mix again until fully combined.
  • Add in your cooled melted chocolate and mix until dispersed evenly, the colour is a lovely rich chocolate colour and it's a nice thickness to spread. If too thick, add a drop of milk and mix.
  • Spread over the top of your cooled banana cake and finish with extra chocolate chips for decoration.