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Air Fryer Banana Cake

Banana Cake in Air Fryer is wonderfully soft, fluffy with perfect texture and flavor. With a hint of vanilla, soft crunch from walnuts, it is an easy and fool proof cake in an air fryer.

a cake pan with Banana cake made in ai fryer

Confession time – Until a month I was skeptical about baking a cake in an air fryer! My first air fryer baking experiment was the chocolate chip cookies and they were a huge success. That recipe has been consistently a reader favorite since it was published.

Air fryer cakes are perfect when you are looking for a smaller cake or don’t have access to ovens (perfect for dorm baking). These cakes tends to be more darker top when compared to oven baked cakes, due to the hot air blowing on top. However, the cakes tends to stay soft in the inside and the darker color looks great as well.

The Secret

The secret to a soft banana cake using air fryer is two different cooking temperatures! The air fryer is left to pre heat at 340° for 5 minutes and then the cake is baked at 330°. The pre heating works similar to oven by making sure that the air fryer is hot enough to kick start the baking cake as soon as it is placed into it.

Banana breads, Banana muffins and even a super quick microwave banana mug cake are some of our favorite way to use up over ripe bananas that no one wants to eat anymore. They are delicious for breakfast, dessert or a snack anytime.

Banana Cake in Air Fryer is

  • Soft and fluffy
  • No mixers required
  • Stir and bake
  • Basic ingredients
  • 6 inch cake (perfect for a small family)

Main ingredients

Banana – Use ugly over ripe bananas (dark yellow skin with lots of brown spots).

All purpose flour – Regular all purpose flour

Sugar – Golden brown sugar or light (we recommend not using dark brown sugar – scroll down for more on this).

Egg – One large egg

Leavening – Baking powder and baking soda

Vegetable oil – Use a flavorless oil like vegetable or corn oil.

Dairy – Plain yogurt (Refer notes to use greek yogurt)

Walnuts – Raw chopped walnuts or pecans

ingredients needed

Method

Mix dry – Whisk together all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a bowl.

Mix wet – Whisk together mashed banana, brown sugar, yogurt, vegetable oil and vanilla extract, until smooth.

Finish batter – Stir dry ingredients into the wet and mix until just combined (do not over mix). Transfer batter to a greased 6-inch cake pan, smooth top and sprinkle chopped walnuts on top.

Bake – Pre heat air fryer to 340 degrees for 5 minutes (I use this time to make the batter). When 5 minutes is done, set air fryer to 330 degrees for 35 minutes. When hot, place the cake pan and cook until done.

Cool – Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely.

Expert tips

Use over ripe bananas – Ugly over ripe bananas (dark yellow skin with lots of brown spots).

Mash the bananas thoroughly. I like to use a potato masher, but a fork would also do the trick.

Use greek yogurt – Use 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt along with 2 tablespoons water instead of the regular yogurt in the recipe.

Air fryer temperature – The cake is baked at two different temperatures. The air fryer is left to pre heat at 340° for 5 minutes and then cake is baked at 330°. The pre heating works similar to oven by making sure that the air fryer is hot enough to kick start the baking cake as soon as it is placed into it.

Cake pan – A 6-inch round baking pan.

Don’t over mix – As with all baking recipes, over mixing the batter tends to make a tougher baked product.

Check for doneness

As we mentioned earlier, air fryer cake tends to have a much darker top, when compared to oven baked ones. So, though the cake might look done before 35 minutes, it might still need more time. Hence, we recommend inserting a large toothpick / skewer / small knife into the middle of the cake and make sure it comes clean without any batter sticking to it.

Golden Brown sugar – Apart from incredible caramel flavor, brown sugar also makes a soft and moist banana cake. Dark brown sugar tends to make much more darker, so recommend using golden or light brown sugar.

Can I skip the walnuts to make it nut free? Absolutely! The cake will still be fabulous.

Air Fryer used – This recipe was tested in Instant Pot 6qt Vortex Air Fryer, cooking time may vary for other brands.

Got more overripe bananas? Check out these recipes – Banana Muffins made with almond flour, Healthy Blender Waffles, Baked Oatmeal Cups, Banana Date Smoothie, Banana Sheet Cake and Healthy Pineapple Smoothie.

Storage instructions

Cooled cake can be stored in a sealed container at room temperature for about 3 days. But, it doesn’t last that long in our home.

To Freeze – Wrap cooled cake in plastic wrap, place in a large zip lock bag and seal well. Freeze for up to a month. Simple let the cake thaw at room temperature overnight.

More Cakes like this air fry banana cake: Carrot Cake, Black Forest Mug Cake, Microwave Mango Cake, Almond flour cake, Kulfi Ice Cream Cake Recipe, Rasmalai Cake and Orange Cake.

white platter with air fryer cake

FAQs

Why is my cake wet in the middle?

That is mainly because the cake was removed before having a chance to be fully cooked. So, please make sure to bake for an approximate of 35 minutes and check for doneness before removing.

Do you need to refrigerate banana cake?

No, this cake is great stored at room temperature.

Can I make this cake into a layer cake?

Absolutely! Cut cooled cake into two layers (please refer this informative article on how to cut a cake into even layers)

More popular air fryer recipes: Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets, Chicken Patties in Air Fryer, Tandoori gobi recipe, Egg Omelette Air Fryer, Crispy Roasted Broccoli, Air Fryer Tilapia, Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan, Crispy Air fried Shrimp, Garlic Bread, French Toast and Chicken Parmesan Wings.

a slice of banana cake with walnuts on top

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Yield: 8 Servings

Air Fryer Banana Cake

fork with a bite of soft banana cake with remaining slice

Banana Cake in Air Fryer is wonderfully soft, fluffy with perfect texture and flavor. With a hint of vanilla, soft crunch from walnuts, it is an easy and fool proof cake in an air fryer.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

Dry ingredients

Wet ingredients

  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons mashed banana (about 1 very large) 
  • 1/2 cup packed golden brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (refer notes to use greek yogurt)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Additional ingredients

Equipments used

Instructions

1. Pre heat air fryer to 340°F for 5 minutes (the air fryer will run empty during this time, this helps to kick start the baking process). Prepare cake batter in the mean time.

1. Grease a 6-inch round cake pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

2. Add all dry ingredients into a small bowl and whisk until combined.

3. Add all wet ingredients into a larger bowl, whisk until smooth and combined. Stir in the dry ingredients and mix with a rubber spatula, until combined well (DO NOT OVER MIX).

4. Transfer batter to the prepared pan, smooth top and sprinkle chopped walnuts on top.

5. (The air fryer would have done pre heating by now). Set air fryer to 330°F for 35 minutes. When ready, place the cake pan into the air fryer basket and bake until done and brown.

6. Check by inserting a knife into the middle of the cake and it needs to come out clean.

(Air fryer cake tends to have a much darker top, when compared to oven baked ones. So, though the cake might look done before 35 minutes, it might still need more time. Hence, we recommend inserting a large toothpick / skewer / small knife into the middle of the cake and make sure it comes clean without any batter sticking to it)

7. Place the cake pan on a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Use over ripe bananas – Ugly over ripe bananas (dark yellow skin with lots of brown spots).

Mash the bananas thoroughly. I like to use a potato masher, but a fork would also do the trick.

Use greek yogurt - Use 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt along with 2 tablespoons water instead of the regular yogurt in the recipe.

Air fryer temperature – The cake is baked at two different temperatures. The air fryer is left to pre heat at 340° for 5 minutes and then cake is baked at 330°. The pre heating works similar to oven by making sure that the air fryer is hot enough to kick start the baking cake as soon as it is placed into it.

Cake pan – A 6-inch round baking pan.

Don’t over mix – As with all baking recipes, over mixing the batter tends to make a tougher baked product.

Brown sugar- Use golden or light brown sugar.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 220mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 4g

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