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Banana Chai Cake

This loaf is perfect for todays Dusshera celebration. With simple ingredeints and a bowl this banana cake can be made in under an hour. Delicious on its own but even better to share with family, neighbors and friends during the festive season.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Course Cake, Celebration, Dessert, High Tea, Sweet tooth, tea time
Cuisine Indian
Servings 8 people


  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • 9inch Loaf tin


  • 250 gm Flour
  • 10 gm Baking powder
  • 5 gm Baking soda
  • 2 Tea bags 30gm
  • 15 gm Masala chai powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 45 ml Olive oil
  • 160 gm Light brown sugar
  • 5 ml Vanilla
  • 250 gm Banana mashed
  • 15 gm Ginger grated
  • 150 gm Buttermilk
  • 30 gm Demerara sugar
  • 30 gm Almonds chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 180℃. Line a 9inch loaf tin with a little oil and baking paper.
  • In a medium bowl add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, tea powder, masala chai powder and salt. Stir to combine, set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs and whisk to break them up. Add the oil and whisk again.
  • Add the sugar and vanilla. Whisk again. Add the banana and whisk well to ensure no lumps. Add the ginger and whisk.
  • Add half of the dry mixture whisk briefly. Add the buttermilk and whisk until smooth.
  • Add the rest of the dry ingredients and whisk well. Ensuring no lumps.
  • Pour into the prepared tin and sprinkle the top with the Demerara sugar and then the chopped almonds.
  • Bake in the middle rack for 50 mins until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean. It might take longer depending on the size of your tin.
  • Let it cool in the tin for 10 mins, remove and leave to cool on a wirer rack. Once cooled, slice and serve.


  • The cake is done when a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean. This might take a little longer depending on the size of tin and moisture of the banana. Hence use the tooth pick as a guideline to know when the cake is done.
  • Make your buttermilk at home by mixing milk and 1 tablespoon lemon juice together.
  • Find my home made masala chai powder blend recipe here.
  • You can bake this cake in any tin, doesn’t have to be a loaf tin.
  • You can dust the cake with icing sugar for a pretty looking effect.