Cinnamon Plantain Cake – West African Flavors

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This Cinnamon Plantain Cake is an easy West African recipe that is full of flavour. No plantains? You can use bananas instead in this versatile recipe.

overhead view of cinnamon plantain cake with flowers on the left of the cake

Hello peeps, my name is Bintu Hardy and I am proud to be a planner.

There is planning and there is planning. And I am definitely and over the top, everything else gets dropped till I finish this all important new plan, planner and I am oh so proud.

As in plan Christmas menus in August, plan and buy Christmas presents in the January sales (blame the African genes). I plan food photography shots (sometimes 2 whole hours on just one recipe), I have recipe planning post its stuck to the wall, where the ingredients post it is in one room and the method post it is in another. I spend aaaaaaaaaaaaages planning travel trip, so much so that I sometimes end up being disappointed in the reality.

overhead view of cinnamon plantain cake in a decorative dish with yellow flowers

 I plan, birthday parties, shopping lists, play dates, shopping trips, kindle books shopping (don’t ask), train tickets, making Puff Puff, phone conversations, exercise (which never really happens). Yeap, you can call me Planner Hardy.

So sometimes when I go off plan, and it still works then that throws me for a loop. As in overripe plantain on the kitchen counter, some cinnamon next to them, make a cinnamon plantain cake, Sierra Leone style, 30 mins later take cake out of the oven, find a corner sit and eat half the cake. It was that easy, So why oh why do I not do that much more?

overhead view of cinnamon plantain cake in a decorative dish next to a bowl of plantain slice

Do I need to be such a planner? Probably not. Will I stop being a planner?. Probably not. Will I plan to be less of a planner? Probably……….

Here is how to make a cinnamon plantain cake West African style. I hope you try it, like it and share your photos with me on Instagram tagging #recipesfromapantry.

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overhead view of cinnamon plantain cake with flowers on the left of the cake
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4.86 from 7 votes

Cinnamon Plantain Cake - West African Flavors

West African Recipe – an easy cinnamon plantain cake recipe.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12
Calories: 210kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy


  • 2 overripe plantains mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 ml (0.5 cup) vegetable oil
  • 100 ml (0.42 cup) milk
  • 250 g (9oz) self-raising flour
  • 225 g (8oz) caster sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 egg whites


  • Preheat the oven to fan-assisted 160C / 180C / 350F / gas 4 and grease and line two 20cm / 8 inch cake tins.
  • Mix the mashed plantains with the 2 eggs, oil and milk until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cinnamon and baking powder. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined and lump free. Whisk the egg whites until just stiff and use a spatula to gently fold in the egg whites.
  • Split the cake mixture evenly between the two cake tins. Bake in the oven for about 30 mins, or until a skewer inserted into the cakes comes out clean. Remove the cakes from the oven, let cool in the tins for 5 mins before cooling completely on a wire rack.
  • You can eat one cake now and store one in the freezer till needed.
  • Seve plain or with some ice cream, whipped cream and fruits.
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Use bananas if you dont have plantains.


Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Vitamin C: 5.5mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 0.6mg







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    1. I’ve made this cake twice in one week… I just happened to have too many plantains… absolutely perfect recipe… except I added vanilla bean paste and fresh grated nutmeg… oh my goodness… plus it’s the easiest quickest cake I’ve ever made, hence one in the oven as I write … thankyou so much for sharing your recipes truly appreciated…

  1. I have never tried plantain. After reading this blog post im going to gove it a try

  2. 4 stars
    This sounds devilishly good -never know what to make with plaintiffs -this is perfect

  3. I used to be a planner as well. Would plan everything but lately I am pretty disorganised I gotta say ๐Ÿ™ I must have lost it somewhere along the way! How is that even possible? ๐Ÿ™‚ Is this a typical west African dessert? I’ve never tried plantains but I am guessing they taste similar to bananas, do they? ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 5 stars
    Such a beautiful cake! I’m yet to experiment baking or cooking plantains (I never tried), but it’s something that I really want to do.

  5. 5 stars
    I had banana cake, but never plantain cake. It makes sense though since they are from the same family of fruits and I can almost taste the aroma of plantains in this cake. I’m definitely putting this on my to-make list. Thank you for sharing.

  6. 5 stars
    I’ve never cooked with plantains before, except by themselves. This is a perfect recipe for the holidays and gives me a chance to explore!