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Brazilian Banana Cake


  • 3tablespoons margarine
  • 2cups white sugar
  • 3egg yolks
  • 3cups all-purpose flour
  • 1tablespoon baking powder
  • 1cup milk
  • 3egg whites
  • 6bananas
  • 2tablespoons white sugar
  • 1teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a 9×13 inch pan.
  • In a large bowl, mix together margarine and sugar until smooth.
  • Mix in yolks.
  • Stir in flour and baking powder alternately with the milk.
  • In another bowl, beat egg whites until doubled in volume.
  • Fold beaten whites into the dough.
  • Spread into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan.
  • Slice bananas over the top of the dough.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon; sprinkle over bananas.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool.


  • Mom2Rose

    ZWT4: Excellente!! We loved this banana cake!! We added a mix of nuts: macadamias, brazil nuts, cashews, peanuts, etc. all chopped up small – terrific!

  • Clarity148

    Doesn’t really look like the picture, but very tasty. Nuts are a must. Will make again.

  • susie cooks

    My family really enjoyed this cake. I followed Chef floWer’s review( great picture) and mashed the bananas. Thanks!

  • nidhik

    I halved the recipe, adding in three mashed bananas in the batter and one a half on top. I also used butter instead of margarine. Made it for my mom’s birthday. Turned out moist and everyone loved it! 😀 I’m making this again with another layer of the sliced bananas added in the middle. They were the yummiest part!

  • Annisette

    Despite my inability to follow directions, this cake turned out SUPER DELICIOUS!! Out of habit, I mashed the bananas instead of slicing them and spread the mashed bananas over the top of the batter. The cake is so moist and wonderful, full of banana flavor. Next time I will slice the bananas instead, and see how much better it turns out! 🙂 I think I might also try adding some walnuts to the batter. Made for ZWT4 Family PIcks for the CAFE ZMAKK Gypsies!

  • TLu

    Delicious and moist cake that we loved! I added walnuts when I put the bananas over the batter. Will make this again. Made for ZWT 4.

  • Darkhunter

    Very moist and light. Glad I took the time to read the other reviewers, as I probably would have mashed the bananas, also. Worked out well, though. Went very well with tea this morning. Thnx for posting, Sassy in da south. Made for ZWT4.

  • ajtravellingchef

    Very good banana cake. Next time I might try putting the bananas in the middle of the batter, instead of on top. I had it in Brazil for the first time, and tried to find a similar recipe once home in Canada. This was very close to what I had.

  • Slick18

    Great cake! I’ve made it a few times now, and everyone raves about it. I only use 1 cup of sugar now, because the bananas have so much sweetness on their own. I also put half the banana slices in a middle layer, and put half on top. This helps keep the bananas from sinking in during baking. Thanks for posting!

  • musicgeek422

    I didn’t make it exactly like the recipe because once i got towards the bottom I realized that the banana wasn’t actually put into the cake so I improvised. Make sure you read all directions before making the cake. (I’m sure the cake would’ve tasted great otherwise)