Plantain Cake

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Tender, sweet plantain cake loaded with soft sweet plantains. This plantain cake is moist and delightful. It will quickly become your favorite plantain dessert!

Slice of plantain cake

Plantains make up a huge part of my diet so I sometimes end up with plantains that are overripe and can’t be boiled, fried or roasted. Plantains turn from green to yellow when they are ripe. When they are overripe their skin may develop black spots. They could also turn completely black when overripe.

You will be tempted to throw them away but don’t. Instead, use overripe plantains to make Plantain Puff Puff or Plantain Cake.

Cake in bundt pan with cracked top

This recipe for Plantain Cake is really easy.

Easy Plantain Cake Recipe

  1. First, mash some overripe plantains.
  2. Add in milk, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and oil then stir.
  3. Add flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, lemon zest, and cinnamon. Mix everything until combined.
  4. Add beaten egg and mix until just combined.
  5. Place into a greased baking pan and bake until done.

I highly suggest you use a bundt pan. I love my bundt pan. The beauty of a cake from a bundt pan cannot be rivaled. And it’s a great baking pan for a pound cake.

Cake in a bundt pan

Once your plantain bundt cake is done, serve as it is or drizzle a simple glaze on top once it has cooled down then let the glaze to set and serve. You can also serve it with some sour cream or whipped cream and fresh fruit.

This Plantain Cake is perfectly moist and sweet with little bits of tender sweet plantains. My whole family loves this cake.

This is a great plantain dessert or breakfast! We ate some as a dessert and my daughters took a slice each to their dance class as a treat. This morning, we will be having some more for breakfast. It is a large cake so there’s a lot to go around! It is completely versatile too so it serves us for breakfast, dessert or snack time.

Plantain cake slice with fork on the side

I beseech thee, no more throwing away your overripe plantains. Make them into something beautiful. Transform them into plantain cake.

Sliced bundt cake

P.S For a gluten-free plantain cake recipe, check out this post.

Slice of plantain cake on speckled plate

Plantain Cake
Prep Time
10 mins

Cook Time
1 hr

Total Time
1 hr 10 mins


Exceptional Plantain Cake made with overripe plantains. This scrumptious plantain dessert will become a regular at your table. Simple enough for breakfast and elegant enough ton serve when receiving guests. This recipe makes at least 10 servings so there is enough to go round!

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: Afro-Carribean, Fusion
Keyword: Plantain Cake, Plantain Dessert
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 462 kcal
Author: Precious Nkeih

  • 4 overripe plantains
  • 3/4 cup oil (175 ml)
  • 12 oz evaporated milk (354 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups flour (250g)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (150g)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 1/2 inch bundt pan.

  2. Peel plantains and place in a large bowl. Mash the plantains into a paste using a fork.

  3. Add oil, vanilla and, lemon juice milk and mix until just combined.

  4. In another large bowl whisk together flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, lemon zest.

  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

  6. Beat eggs then add to mixture and mix until just combined.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

  8. Bake for 1 hour until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.

Recipe Notes

1. To make a successful cake, your plantains should be overripe. They should be soft and squishy.

2. Evaporated milk may be substituted with whole milk or 2 percent fat-free milk.

3. Wrap leftover Plantain Cake in aluminum foil – be sure the cake is completely covered. Store at room temperature for 2-3 days.

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