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Accra Banana Peanut Cake

Accra Banana Peanut Cake

This is a pretty standard banana cake, except that it has peanuts instead of walnuts. Personally, I love that flavor combination. The cake is not very sweet, though perhaps the bananas I used were to blame for that.

This recipe makes for one huge cake, but it keeps well.

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Accra Banana Peanut Cake


  • 4 cups + 3 1/2 Tbsp flour
  • 4 tsp. Baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 10 oz unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs. Lighly beaten
  • 8 bananas
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, coarsely chopped

    Optional topping

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9" x 13" pan

Sift flour, baking powder, cornstarch, salt and baking soda together into a large bowl.

Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and the sugar together. Add eggs and mix well.

Peel bananas and place in a separate bowl. Mash well. Mix in peanuts.

Add the flour mixture and the banana mixture to the electric mixer bowl. Mix until combined.

Place cake in the oven and bake until the cake is done, about an hour. Optionally mix the remaining sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle on top of the cake while still hot.

Adapted from a recipe at, originally published in The African Cookbook

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