Soft and moist with that comforting banana flavour you know and love, this 6-minute banana mug cake is bound to be a favourite.
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Grease a 1 1/4 cup (310ml) microwavable mug or cup.
Combine the flour, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl. Add the butter, banana, egg, milk and syrup, and stir to combine.
Pour the batter into the prepared mug. Cook on high for 1 1/2 mins (90 seconds). Carefully remove from the microwave and set aside for 1 min to cool slightly.
To serve, drizzle with maple syrup. Sprinkle with walnuts, banana slices and serve with ice cream or cream.
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Clever storage: If you can't use ripened bananas quickly enough, freeze them or use them to make banana bread.
If you’re craving a slice of cake but aren’t wanting to bake a whole one, this banana mug cake is just the thing you need. A mix between banana cake and banana bread, it’s sweet, comforting, and a great way to use up any overripe bananas. Instead of sugar, maple syrup is used to sweeten the cake and add delightful hints of toffee flavour. The topping options are endless – try toasted nuts, desiccated coconut, ice cream, custard, peanut butter or chocolate sauce. Ready in just 6 minutes, it’s a go-to for a mid-afternoon snack or after-dinner treat.
Here are some things to look out for when making this mug cake:
Go for a small egg so the cake doesn’t have too much of an egg taste.
Pick overripe bananas so you can easily mash them until smooth, and so the cake will have that sweet banana flavour.
Only fill your mug to a maximum of ⅔ full, to prevent the batter from overflowing. Place the mug on a small plate when it is in the microwave, just in case.
To check that the cake is cooked, insert a skewer into the centre and make sure it comes out clean.
It doesn’t matter what size bananas you pick at the supermarket, the main thing to remember is to always choose bananas that are turning brown or are completely brown. Your mug cake will taste the yummiest when your bananas are ripe to overripe.
If you only have bananas that are still mostly yellow, this trick will help you ripen them in 1-2 days. All you need is a brown paper bag! Place 2 or more bananas in the bag, then fold the top of the bag to create an enclosed space. Leave this at room temperature. Check their progress every 12 hours or so.
What about frozen bananas? If you already have frozen overripe bananas in your freezer, these are great to use in this recipe. Just defrost them, mash and stir into the batter.
Follow these helpful tips for this ultimate banana cake in a mug recipe for a sweet treat that hits the spot. For other simple desserts that use bananas, try these recipes for Kim’s nan’s banana cake, choc berry and banana sheet cake, frozen choc-banana pavlova and banana and strawberry vegan nice cream.