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My grandma’s Banana Cake

I love food and all that is involved with it : searching for the nicest ingredients , prepping  and cooking. In my opinion there is no better reason to gather your loved ones than for a good homemade meal.

When I was living by myself working as a model in France, one way I found to stay connected to my dear ones, specially with my grandma in this case, was to work on some family recipes. My beloved grandma used to make some delicious food in her humble kitchen and my favorite of all times dessert was the banana cake she did with the simplest ingredients.

I took her handwritten recipe note everywhere I went even though I knew the recipe by heart. I liked the way she wrote things down so she would never forget. I was in love withe her recipe books and how disorganized in an organized way they were.

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My friend Elle and I in a picnic reunion in Paris few years ago: we were the queen of cakes. ;)

Throughout my years modeling around the World, I have made many tummies very happy. My friends used to invite me in so I would bake the cake for birthdays, gatherings and reunions. I was pretty happy to make such a simple task into an event. So I was well known by my grandma’s banana cake and now I’m trilled to share it’s recipe with all of you.

Like I said, I like to use the simplest ingredients. And the most important one is LOVE.

Enjoy this banana cake!

XoXo Carol


As usual, I use only organic and healthier choices in my recipes. You can also make it with whole wheat flour - its consistency changes a bit - not the flavour!

As usual, I use only organic and healthier choices in my recipes. You can also make it with whole wheat flour – its consistency changes a bit – not the flavor!


The Infamous Banana Cake
A delicious banana cake ( unfortunately not suitable for those of you that are lactose or gluten intolerant.)
Recipe type: bakery
Serves: 6
  • 1 and a half cups of sugar ( of your preference any kind works well - Demerara is a good option)
  • 2 cups of White Wheat Flour ( if your not feeling too evil for the day, you can try the whole wheat version )
  • 1 and a half cups of whole milk
  • 4oz Butter ( 113 grams )
  • Cinnamon
  • 6 to 8 bananas depending on their size.
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  1. Pre heat the oven at 380 degrees F ( 240 Celsius ) before starting. Grease a round baking pan with butter. Cut thick rounds of bananas to glue them around the edges and at the bottom of the baking pan.Cover the perfectly placed bananas with cinnamon powder and make sure they are all covered with a thin layer of the spice. After that in a separate bowl, mix in the flour , milk , butter ( it can be melted or cut it in big numbs ) , baking powder and sugar. There's no need of mixer machines to make this mixture, you can air it out with a simple hand tool. If you opted to not melting the butter, don't bother if the mix doesn't look perfectly smooth and you can still see the numbs of butter, that's one of my grandma's secrets! Pour this tick mixture on top of your bananas and cover the top with cinnamon again and the same amount of sugar, so it gets a little crunchy skin. Put in the oven to bake for about 30 minutes. Check if it's baked sticking a toothpick in the center if it's not, let it in the oven for another 5 minutes os so.




Great for kids birthday parties, the little ones really enjoyed this yummy tread.

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2 Responses to My grandma’s Banana Cake

  1. christophe October 30, 2015 at 3:37 am #

    Hi carol,
    Thank you so much for your grandma’s banana Cake.
    For a brief moment, I thought the girl who is next to you was your grandmother !!! (so sorry Elie). I thought “Ladies, stop plastic surgery makes you ugly, carol has another solution for you, much more effective, her grandma’s banana Cake.
    Hey Carol, this recipe really looks yummy, healthy and seems fast and easy to make, it suit me perfectly.
    Once again, thank you so much carol.

    • Carol Fontaneti November 6, 2015 at 8:07 pm #

      Thank you Christophe! I would actually love to have a picture with my Grandma and the cake but I don’t, so I had to stick with the one from Picnics we used to make back in the days in Paris. Elle was famous by her carrot and chocolat cake, and I for the banana. Maybe I will grab this recipe with her, so I can post it in the future, trust me its worth it! Thanks for the love and support,

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