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Polish Banana Cake Recipe – Chlebek Bananowy

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A slice of Polish banana cake on a wooden table.

Polish banana cake is one of the simplest cake recipes that you will encounter. It just has a 5 minute prep time which means that all you have to do is mix up the ingredients and place it in an oven. This is one of the reasons why Polish banana cake is one of the most popular cakes in the country. It is also super tasty and packed with nutrients!

Why Are Bananas Great In Cakes?

Many people are innately curious about why bananas work well in cake. Bananas have great texture especially when it is fully ripe. When you smash it, it blends with the cake dough and the flavor gets spread across the dough and not just in patches. 

Bananas are also a superfood. They are packed with fiber, potassium and vitamins which makes it great as a snack for all ages. They are easy to store and carry. The fact that bananas are easy to peel makes it easy for young children to eat it without assistance. 

Another great reason why bananas are a popular ingredient for cakes is because they are easily available. In fact, Poland is one of the largest exporters of bananas in the European Union! That means that the Poles get bananas at great prices especially during the peak season.

Polish Banana Cake Recipe – Chlebek Bananowy

Part I – Preheat The Oven To 355F

Preheating the oven is an essential part of baking any cake. Always start off by switching your oven on at the requisite temperature. The reason for this is if you place a cake in a cold oven, the heat will gradually rise but the cake won’t. This means that your cake will be flat and not airy. 

Part II – Oil The 12” Bread Pan

Oiling the bread pan will prevent the Polish banana cake from sticking to the edges. It will make removing the cake extremely easy after you’ve baked it.

Part III – Mix The Ingredients

Use a food processor and mix 2 cups of all purpose flour, 3 ripe bananas, ½ cup of sugar, ⅓ cup of milk, 3 tsps. of baking powder, 5 tbsps. of oil or melted butter. Combine the ingredients well.

Mix all the ingredients for Polish banana cake.

Alternatively you can choose to mash the bananas by using a fork. Then add in the milk, melted butter and mix. Lastly add in the remaining ingredients and combine thoroughly using a spoon. The second option works well if you do not have a food processor. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter which option you choose, the taste will be the same.

Part IV – Add Chocolate

Add in the crushed chocolate and gently stir it using a spoon. This way the chocolate will melt inside and give little nuggets of goodness.

Part V – Pour The Batter Into The Bread Pan

Part VI – Cut The Remaining Banana And Use It To Decorate The Top Of The Cake

Part VI – Bake For 75 Minutes

You can check to see if the cake is done by piercing the cake with a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean, then the cake is baked. If it doesn’t then bake it for a little while longer.

Slice and serve the Polish banana cake.
Slice and serve the Polish banana cake.

FAQs About Polish Banana Cake

What Kind Of Bananas Should I Use For Polish Banana Cake?

There are so many different varieties of bananas that are available in the market. For Polish banana cake you need yellow bananas that are also called dessert bananas. They get this name because they are sweet. The riper the banana is, the sweeter it gets.

Bananas with black spots tend to be ripe to overripe. If the banana has a few black spots then it can be used. These are the best kind of bananas for Polish banana cake.

Can I Use Nuts In The Recipe?

Nuts form a great compliment to banana cake. In fact, you can use a variety of nuts for this recipe. A popular choice is walnuts but cashew nuts and almonds also taste great! 

You can get creative and use a mix of different nuts to the Polish banana cake too. 

How Do I Make My Polish Banana Cake Moist?

There is a secret trick to making Polish banana cake moist. Most people use butter when baking the cake. Vegetable oil on the other hand keeps the cake moister. If you want to retain the buttery taste then use a mix of vegetable oil and butter in your recipe. This will ensure the goodness of butter and yet give you a nice moist texture.

Yield: 12 pieces

Polish Banana Cake Recipe - Chlebek Bananowy

Slice and serve the Polish banana cake.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 2 cups (240g) of all-purpose flour
  • 3 ripe bananas + 1 to decorate (optionally)
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ⅓ cup of milk (cow or plant based milk)
  • 3 tsps of baking powder
  • 5 tbsps of oil or melted butter
  • 3.5 oz (100g) of crushed dark chocolate


  1. Preheat the oven to 356°F (180°C).
  2. Oil the 12'' bread pan.
  3. Mix all the ingredients using the food processor.
    Alternatively, you may mash bananas using the fork, add milk and melted butter and mix again. Then add the remaining ingredients and mix using the spoon.
  4. Add chocolate and mix using a spoon.
  5. Pour the batter onto the bread pan.
  6. Cut the remaining banana alongside and place it on the cake.
  7. Bake for 75 minutes.


You can add all kinds of nuts to the cake.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 135mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 3g

These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix

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