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Apple Banana Cake: A Triple Threat

Posted in Desserts by janet @ the taste space on October 18, 2009

apple banana cake

Finally a cake that is a triple threat: it is tasty, pretty and dare I suggest also healthy?

Obviously taste is always the most important, and it didn’t disappoint. A subtle banana flavour within a very moist cake spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon.

Being photogenic helps for a food blog, and this cake certainly deserved to be a model for my photo shoot…..

apple banana cake

apple banana cake

However, I was skeptical it would all come together in a healthy package. It is made entirely without any oil or butter. Instead, you use bananas.  Wow! Enjoy!

apple banana cake

Apple Banana Cake

2 large, very ripe bananas
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Pinch of salt
3 large Golden Delicious apples, sliced (1/8th of an inch) (can use half of this if you do not want the apples on the bottom of the cake)
Additional honey, for drizzling


Arrange the sliced apples on a baking sheet and drizzle honey over them. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until apples are moist and tender. Remove the apples from the oven and lower its heat to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mash bananas and sugar until combined and creamy. Add the honey and eggs and continue to beat until well combined. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and mix until combined.

Grease an 8″ round cake pan, and arrange one layer of apple slices on the bottom of the pan (use a little less than half the apples, or omit this part completely). Pour the banana batter into the pan, and arrange a second layer of apples on the top, in an overlapping pattern. Bake the cake in a preheated 350°F oven for one hour and ten minutes.

Adapted from Sugarlaws

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  1. Natalie said, on October 18, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    The presentation is just beautiful, it would be hard to cut the first piece! I bet it tasted as fantastic as it looks.

  2. traynharder23 said, on October 18, 2009 at 7:34 PM

    i have to try this! no butter! no oil! woo hoo!

  3. kelly said, on October 18, 2009 at 7:57 PM

    OMG, this is absolutely gorgeous! Wow. I found you on tastespotting. Can’t wait to try my hand at this cake. It sounds as good as it looks!

    Thank you for sharing!

  4. msbutterton said, on October 18, 2009 at 11:02 PM

    STUNNING!!! A perfect cake for this time of year! I’ll be back!


  5. Mags said, on October 18, 2009 at 11:15 PM

    Absolutely beautiful. I agree that it would be difficult to cut that first piece just because it’s too lovely to cut!

  6. yahstruthseeker said, on October 18, 2009 at 11:37 PM

    yummy! I have a blog ~ its more political/spiritual but i should include a section on recipes ( maybe organic etc)
    Anyways thanks so much!! Peace

  7. Alberto said, on October 19, 2009 at 3:43 AM

    This looks amazing! And I’m sure it tastes just as good. Thanks for sharing this :-)

  8. Amy J in SC said, on October 19, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    This is beautiful and healthier too. Bookmarking it now.

  9. Mel said, on October 20, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    How stunning! I’ll have to try this as I have sooo mannyy applessss.

    Thanks for checking out Tops in Toronto!

  10. margaret said, on October 22, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    hi! this recipe looks great–i’m a fan of no butter/no oil. what was the texture of the cake like? thanks!

    • Saveur said, on October 23, 2009 at 12:05 PM

      Hi Margaret,

      The cake was pretty dense but still moist. A little denser than the consistency of a carrot cake. I hope this helps. Enjoy!


  11. Martina said, on November 2, 2009 at 5:02 PM

    This is the most beautiful cake. Who needs flowers when you can have a cake that looks like a rose?! And I bet it smells like heaven on earth…

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  13. Xiaolu said, on November 30, 2009 at 1:40 AM

    What a gorgeous cake. It’s amazing the great decorations possible without any artificial colorings or chemicals. Love this!

  14. Heathers christmas cakes said, on December 8, 2009 at 5:17 AM

    You have such a great culinary and artistic talent, the way you have arranged those pieces looks like a beautiful (and delicious!) flower!.

  15. Volt said, on December 28, 2009 at 1:56 AM

    Banana cake, my first cake baking experience :).

  16. Clarice Rawlinson said, on December 28, 2009 at 4:56 PM

    Great idea this. It is always difficult to thin of varied things to cook especially for a hungry family and some of the ideas here and elsewhere on your site have given me some great ideas so thak you!

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  18. Anita Menon said, on August 13, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    One of the most beautiful cakes I have seen. Bookmarked it. You have a beautiful space.

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