Banana Nutella Cake

Banana Nutella Cake | Playful Cooking

Almost a year back, I shared with you one of my favorite soups and wrote about how I was sitting with brown boxes everywhere around me. We were moving.  Guess what? We are in a similar situation once again – brown boxes, suitcases partly packed and the whole house in complete disorder. There are two dissimilarities from last year to this year. Firstly, I was pregnant back then and I am a mom now. Secondly, we had moved just a few miles to a different locality and this time, we will be crossing oceans.

We are moving back to India! In less than a month!


Banana Nutella Cake | Playful Cooking


Friends and families are waiting anxiously to cuddle our baby boy. It’s such an exciting time for the grandparents. We are waiting to go back and relish food from our favorite joints. I am looking forward to go back to my favorite street in Bangalore and shop my heart out with my girlfriends, even though shopping is no longer fun for me. Nothing fits! Still, it’s a happy feeling. At the same time, I am so going to miss my friends out here. It’s such a mixed bag of emotions! What’s worrying us the most is how our baby will adapt with the change? We have to adjust with jet lag, look for a place to live, buy stuff and finally settle down. With a four-month-old baby, it’s going to be quite adventurous!


Banana Nutella Cake | Playful Cooking


The cake was a result of my mission to clear the pantry and of course, two over ripe bananas.

Even though banana is one of my favorite fruits, I am not a big fan of banana cake. This is the second time I baked a banana cake and it turned out so much better than the first time. I think it was the chocolaty-hazelnuty flavor from Nutella that did the magic. It just hit the right spot, was incredibly moist and not overly sweet. Perfect with a cup of tea!


This has been my go-to treat in between tons of packing.


Banana Nutella Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 9 inch cake

Banana Nutella Cake


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup nutella
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • Pre heat the oven to 350F.
  • In a bowl, whisk egg with sugar until it’s combined to a smooth consistency. Pour oil and give it another whisk. Next, add nutella and whisk again.
  • In a small bowl, mash the bananas and add it to the egg mixture.
  • In another separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients - flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Pour the dry ingredients to the egg mixture little bit at a time and whisk. Once combined, add water, milk and vanilla extract. Whisk again.
  • Pour the batter in a 9 inch round pan and bake it for 50 to 55 minutes.

Banana Nutella Cake | Playful Cooking

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Medha says:

I love the use of nutella in cake! Can’t wait to try this!
We lived in 7 different states in last 10 years before coming to Vancouver, and I am already itching to go somewhere new! I am so excited for you, I am sure baby would love growing up with grand parents. Enjoy your adventure and good luck!

You almost broke my heart Kankana 🙁 Even though we have never met but looks like a very dear friend is going away.I always wanted to meet you – may be some time in India then 🙂
I feel this decision would not have come easy,and a really bold step that you guys have taken, we talk a lot about going back to India too and then get trapped in the comparisons of both countries and the chaotic life back there.The discussion always remains unfinished though 🙂
Wishing you a smooth shift and lots of best wishes to you and your family. Hope the little one adjusts quickly.
The first shot is GORGEOUS!!

Kankana Saxena says:

I feel the same way! But may be we will come back or may be we will meet in India. Kabhi nah kabhi toh pakka milenge yaar. Abhi nehi toh buddha hoke 😛 And thanks babe!

Joyti says:

OMG, I never got to meet you in person (being totally selfish right now). I’m so sorry, we lived so close to each other too 🙁

But on the bright side, it will be wonderful for you guys to go back to India. I grew up here state-side, with no cousins or family until I was older. I think it will be much healthier (emotionally, mentally) for your little one to be with family and friends, with love and fun all around him. So congratulations 🙂

And the cake looks great. Nutella, yum!

Kankana Saxena says:

I know 🙁 Our plans to meet up never worked out! Someday, someday in future we will. I am sure!
And thanks a lot 🙂

Nisha says:

Wow.. a lot of you taking that bold move to move back to India. I’m not sure i’d want to even think of it. India has changed so much and Im not sure i like it that much. But then again, if a really good opportunity arises, I guess we need to embrace it with all the positive things 🙂
I’m sure you and your lil boy will settle in perfectly well. And witj all the family and friends around it would be a really easy transition. All the best kankana 🙂

Archana says:

Wow…Kankana..nice decision. In our home too, we have discussed about this tons of time, but still haven’t been able to take the decision. It is definitely inspiring to see many of us go back! I’m sure you guys and your lil one would be able to go through this transition easily with family and friends all there waiting for you! All the very best!
The cake looks amazing…..I love banana bread/cake when there is chocolate in it, else not so much!

rumela says:

Lovely clicks !! though I am not a big fan of banana, but love banana loaf! would love to try this one. I can understand your feelings! Best wishes !!

Kulsum says:

WHAT!!?? Wow. That’s news! I’m sure Peru is going to miss you a lot 🙂 I see so many Desis moving back and I have a few friends who have done the same and no one regrets it! I think you are going to do awesome. love to gabbu xx

Rosa says:

Wow, now that’s a move! All the best and take care.

This cake is wonderful and looks very tempting.

Great photos, as always!



Reem says:

I’m going to miss you!!!!
But I know once you’ll be around family is going to be so much fun!
Specially for Avyan baba.

What a wonderful cake, I love anything with Nutella. Congratulations on your move back to India!

jehanne says:

all the best for your move, Kankana! We did the big move back to SE Asia after almost all my life in the UK. that was nearly 3 years ago and so far no regrets! I am sure there will be parts of the USA that u will miss, but that will be a good reason to visit there again, right? And your lil handsome boy will adjust really well, they adapt and if anything will be closer to the extended families!
All said, moving is hectic! So take care and would love to see what you blog after the move xx

chinmayie says:

Wow! That’s news 🙂
Are you moving to Bangalore? If yes, we will surely meet soon!
Welcome back to India Kankana…

Flo says:

Thank you for this recipe, can’t wait to try it. I moved to Bangalore to work in an international school, where I fell in love with Nutella. Yes, I know we have it here in the States, but ironically it took me moving across the world to fall in love. Welcome back to Bangalore!

Fatma says:

I don’t know you .. but I have been following your website from almost a year. Congrats for your movement 🙂

your sister From Dubai – UAE

Alpana says:

Delicious recipes and beautiful pictures!
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Would love to see you there posting some recipes for our users as well.

Best of luck to you with your big move!!

Hi Kanakana,

Its been a while I have visited your blog and now I see you are moving :(. Hope your lil one can adjust to the new changes back home. Do keep inspiring others by your creative recipes and beautiful pictures!! Good luck with everything!!