[Recipe] Banana Walnut Cake Using Airfryer

February 19, 2015 12 Comments A+ a-

It's a tradition for my family to buy a cake for Chinese New Year, as the 糕(gao) in 蛋糕 sounds like 步步高 (gao) 升 which means improving step-by-step.

A butter cake from Prima Deli would easily cost $20 and is usually quite oily, so I decided to bake one myself this year. I was still starting out, but the thing about family is that whatever you make, they will always be your best supporters :)

After a few trials, I find that I prefer using oil to butter for making cakes due to the consistency. It's much faster too. This original recipe was from my HK auntie, but when I used it in the air fryer, the cake became burnt. Eventually, I used the aluminium foil way, all thanks to a Facebook member, Christine Wang's, advice and it turned out perfect. Enjoy the adapted recipe!


Yield: One 6" cake

2 eggs
110g (1/2 cup) cooking oil
100g (1/2 cup) sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or 1 tsp vanilla essence)

160g (1.5 cups) top flour/ cake flour (or any low-gluten flour)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

3 medium bananas
70g (1/2 cup) of chopped walnuts and raisin

1. Preheat airfryer at 160 degrees for 5 minutes. Grease 6" cake pan.

2. Whisk eggs for about 3 min.

3. Mix ingredients in (A) together and set aside.

3. In another bowl, combine ingredients in (B) together and sieve. These are the dry ingredients.

4. In another bowl, mash the bananas with the back of your fork. 

Tip: You may add a tsp of lemon to the bananas to prevent them from browning. Read more here.

5. Combine the bananas with (A) to form the wet ingredients.

6. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Fold in gently. Mix lightly and pour into a 6 inch baking pan.

Tip: Overmixing the cake batter will produce tough cakes due to the gluten. Hence, I also would recommend low protein flours like cake flour or top flour.

7. Lastly, decorate the top with walnuts and raisins. 

8. Cover the cake pan with aluminium foil. Bake in airfryer at 150 degrees for 30 minutes.

9. Remove the aluminium foil. Bake in airfryer at 140 degrees for another 5 - 10 minutes. Test its doneness using a toothpick. If it's ready, the toothpick should come out clean.

 10. The cake is now ready to be served. Enjoy!

My parents loved the cake, especially all the nuts :)

Update (30 Jun 2015)
Ashelyn Lee from Singapore made this yummy nutritious-packed banana cake in just half an hour for her supper. Great job and I really love the nice brown colour! :)

Credits: Ashelyn Lee from Singapore

Update (7 Jul 2015)
This banana cake recipe seems to be my most popular recipe to date. Joni Lian from Singapore replaced the raisins with chocolate chips to suit her children's preference and they loved it!
Credits: Joni Lian from Singapore

Feel free to use almond instead of walnuts too. I love how generous Helen Ong was with her almond toppings :)
Credits: Helen Ong from Singapore

Update (Jan 2017)
Here's another of my Banana Walnut Cake, but the walnuts are within the cake instead :)

For more cake recipes using airfryer, click here.

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26 August 2015 at 21:15 delete

wow! Awesome post. Most informative. Thx! These foods are good for health. I like this cake & Thank you for teaching the rules of making cake. You are truly to be commended. Your blog posts are very good about.

11 January 2016 at 14:07 delete

hi, may I ask if you use icing or castor sugar for this recipe? How do you mix the ingredients A, just stir with spoon or mixer

21 January 2016 at 12:42 delete

Castor sugar. Ok to mix by hand :)

1 July 2016 at 12:16 delete

Can I use plain flour instead of top or cake flour? If can, how much should I add? Need any baking soda or powder and how much?
Thanks a lot.
I tried your 3 ingredients butter cookies and my children love it

2 July 2016 at 09:01 delete

Plain flour contains more gluten. While you can replace the top/ cake flour with plain flour, the outcome may be that the cake is less fluffy and have a tougher texture.

Thanks, glad your family loved the cookies. It's one of my favourite quick cookies recipes too :)

1 April 2017 at 18:05 delete

I do not have an electric mixer. How do I know if the eggs are whisked enough if I whisk by hand?

25 April 2017 at 17:13 delete

Can i totally omit the walnut from the recipe?

27 April 2017 at 20:28 delete

Can use the same recipe for banana muffin?

7 May 2017 at 22:38 delete

Yes definitely! Let us know how your muffins turn out :)

7 May 2017 at 22:41 delete

I usually use hands to beat too. Just whisk till combined. :)

3 February 2021 at 17:02 delete

tq for this recipe.. turns out so yummmyyyy