A simple recipe for a banana cake comprises the following ingredients: 2-3 ripe bananas, 1 cup granulated sugar, two eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour and a pinch of salt. All ingredients are mixed and baked in a preheated oven.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, then butter a loaf pan. In a mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a fork and give preference to the overripe ones for this recipe. Add the melted butter to the mashed bananas and stir. Beat the egg separately, and add it to the banana-butter mixture together with the vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, mix and stir all the dry ingredients together, including flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
Add the flour mixture into the banana-butter mixture and stir evenly. Transfer the batter into the preheated loaf pan and bake for at least one hour. To check if cake is properly baked, insert a skewer and if it comes out clean, the cake is ready. Remove the banana cake, and allow it to cool before serving.
The amount of sugar used in this recipe varies depending on individual taste. Some people are comfortable with ½ cup, while others use ¾ of a cup. Preparation time takes 10 minutes and baking takes one hour.