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Banana cake is a moist cake filled with ripe bananas and cinnamon. Top this banana cake recipe with cream cheese frosting and extra bananas and serve!

A slice of banana cake with cream cheese frosting and sliced bananas, dusted with cinnamon on a plate

Banana cake is one of the recipes everyone loves! We love banana bread and all, but nothing satisfies quite like banana cake. Kids, families and friends will love this moist cake recipe topped with cream cheese frosting.

To make the best banana cake you’ll want to make sure your bananas are extra ripe. When you’re at the grocery store look for the bananas that have lots of brown speckles, especially if you want to make it right away. The more rip they are the more easier they will be too mash.

  • How to Mash Bananas:

    When you mash the bananas for this banana cake you can either use the back of a fork or a potato masher. Both will do the trick!
  • Can I use frozen bananas?

    Of course! Whenever we have bananas turning brown in the house, we stick them in the freezer so that we always have ripe bananas ready for banana cake!
  • Storage Instructions:

    Due to the cream cheese frosting, you will want to store this cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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A slice of banana cake with cream cheese frosting and sliced bananas, dusted with cinnamon on a plate
Banana cake is a moist cake made in a 9x13 pan filled with ripe bananas and cinnamon. Top this banana cake recipe with cream cheese frosting and extra bananas and serve!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 46 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 1 minute
Ingredients

Banana Cake:

  • 1 ½ cups mashed banana about 3-4 large ripe bananas
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream at room temperature

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 ounces full-fat cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9x13 inch pan. Set aside
  • To make the cake, mash the bananas with a potato masher or the back of a fork in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • In another medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together. Set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment of a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter on high speed until light and creamy, 1-2 minutes. Add the granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat on high speed again for -3 minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape down sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Add the eggs and the vanilla and beat on high speed until combined, another 1-2 minutes. Then add bananas and beat until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients into the mixture in three rounds, alternating with the sour cream until completely combined.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 43-46 minutes. Cake will be done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  • To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese and butter on high speed until smooth and creamy, 2-3 minutes. Add the vanilla and salt and beat to combine. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing well between each addition. Stop at 3 cups and add more sugar 1/8 cup at a time until you reach desired consistency.
  • Spread cream cheese on frosting cooled cake and top with extra bananas and cinnamon if desired.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 232mg | Potassium: 137mg | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Banana Cake
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