Recipe: Banana Monkey Cake


This one even surprised us! But a generous dollop of mayonnaise in the cake mix makes the lightest and fluffiest sponge ever! Combined with the flavours of banana and cardamom it's a definite winner.


  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 250 g banana, mashed
  • 125 ml cold water
  • 250 g plain flour
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 250 g mayonnaise
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 carton ready made custard (optional)
  • 1 fondant icing and colouring

Step 1


preheat an oven to 180°C

Mix sugar and banana

Step 2

Mix Sugar And Banana

Weigh the caster sugar into a big mixing bowl. Mash the peeled banana up with the back of a fork and beat into the sugar along with the water.

add remaining ingredients

Step 3

Add Remaining Ingredients

Stir in the flour, raising agent and cardamom. Beat in the mayonnaise and salt until well combined.


Step 4


Divide into 2 x 23cm diameter cake tins lined with baking paper (or one monkey cake tin sprayed with non-stick cake spray). Bake for 35 minutes before allowing to cool in the tin for a while. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

sandwich and decorate

Step 5

Sandwich And Decorate

Sandwich the two round cakes with a layer of cold custard (if using the round cake version). Decorate to highlight the features of the monkey with coloured fondant icing. Serves 8.

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