Easy Banana Cake
This Easy Banana Cake is made from scratch and receives rave reviews for its prominent banana flavor! It’s so moist, tender and delicious, topped with a tangy cream cheese frosting for a perfect dessert your family will love.
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Easy Banana Cake
When we think of bananas desserts, I know my mind always goes right to banana bread, or banana cream pie, while both of those are amazing desserts that should have their time to shine, we are forgetting one amazing way to serve up bananas. Banana cake!
There’s nothing better than diving into a sweet moist cake coated in a homemade cream cheese frosting that rivals any professionally made cake.
This recipe is simple to throw together and will be a showstopper no matter when and where you serve it up. Be ready to hand out the recipe, because everyone is going to be dying to make their own from the moment they take their first bite.
How To Make The Best Banana Cake
Who says a multi-layer cake has to be complicated! Just follow the simple instructions below and you’ll have the banana cake of your dreams in no time!
Preheat the oven and prepare your two 9-inch cake pans. set the pans aside and begin to prepare your dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon together and set aside.
Next up, beat the shortening and sugar until well combined and add the eggs and the vanilla. Beat on medium-high until combined, then add in the mashed bananas and continue beating. Once fully incorporated, lower the mixer speed and add half of the dry ingredients alternating with the buttermilk and mixing each addition just until incorporated.
Lastly, you will evenly divide the batter into prepared cake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center, comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool completely then frost with Banana Cream Cheese Frosting.
Do I Have To Make This Cake in 2 Layers?
No, you don’t! If you don’t want to go through the process of making a two-layer cake there are other options. You could always just make it as 2 single layer round cakes, icing each cake pan individually. Another option is to bake the whole recipe in a large 9×13 inch rectangle pan. This will allow you to have a thick one layer cake.
Tips For Baking With Bananas
- Always use overly ripe bananas. By overly ripe, I’m talking about those almost completely brown bananas you would usually throw away. While they might not be appetizing to eat for a mid-day snack, they are perfect for baking when they are that brown and soft.
- If your bananas aren’t ripe enough, try placing them in a brown paper bag for a day or so. This will speed up the process.
- Always mash the bananas before using them in a recipe, like this one. It will be much harder to break up the banana if you don’t mash it before adding it to the other ingredients.
- If you ever have bananas that ripened too much before you could eat them, just throw them in the freezer until you have enough to make this easy banana cake!
How to Store This Easy Banana Cake
Storing a two-tier cake is a little more tricky than storing a normal cake rectangle cake. If you have a cake plate and a cake saver, I highly suggest storing this banana cake in that way. It’s an easy no-fuss way to keep the dessert fresh for the next several days.
If you don’t have a cake saver then try placing toothpicks around the top of the cake, leaving several inches sticking out. Then gently place enough foil to cover the whole cake, letting it rest on top of the toothpicks. Store at room temperature, or in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Wrap each layer of banana cake plastic wrap and place in the freezer until ready to serve. Make the cream cheese icing just before serving. The frozen cake will stay fresh for up to 4 months.
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Tools Used To Make This Easy Banana Cake
I honestly don’t know where I would be without my stand mixer! It’s truly a lifesaver for anyone who does a decent amount of baking or cooking. With that being said, if you aren’t ready to commit to a stand mixer purchase, a good hand mixer works just as well too!
Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
This set of stainless steel measuring cups is by far my favorite set! The stainless steel is durable and easy to clean, and the 5 different sizes make it easy to perfectly measure any of your ingredients.
For any multi-layer cake, you’ll need a good set of round cake pans, and this set gets the job done perfectly! I use them for every cake recipe and everything comes out just right!
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Easy Banana Cake
This Easy Banana Cake is made from scratch and receives rave reviews for the perfect amount of banana flavor! It's so moist, tender and delicious, topped with a tangy banana cream cheese frosting for a perfect dessert your family will love.
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup mashed overripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
- 1/4 cup buttermilk*
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped (optional)
BANANA CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
- 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 mashed overripe banana
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- walnuts or pecans, chopped to garnish
FOR BANANA CAKE
- Cake Preheat oven to 350° F. and grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans.
- In a large bowl whisk the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon together. Set aside.
- Using an electric mixer beat shortening and sugar until well combined. Add the eggs and the vanilla. Beat on medium-high until combined, then add in the mashed bananas and continue beating. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. With the mixer on low speed, add half of the dry ingredients alternating with the buttermilk and mixing each addition just until incorporated. Do not overmix. Fold in nuts if using.
- Evenly divide the batter into prepared cake pans.
- Bake in preheated oven 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center, comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool completely then frost with Banana Cream Cheese Frosting.
FOR BANANA FROSTING:
- In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter on high until creamed. Add the cream cheese and continue beating on high until smooth and creamy.blended. Add banana, vanilla, lemon juice, salt, and sugar; beat on low for 30 seconds, then on high until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. If frosting is too thick add just a little milk to get the desired consistency. If you want a thicker frosting, add about 1/4 cup of powdered sugar.
ASSEMBLE AND SERVE:
- Frost cake and garnish with chopped nuts. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
- Leftover cake should be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- *if you don't have buttermilk, you can make sour milk by adding just a little vinegar to milk and let it sit about 10 mins until it curdles.
- For a 9x13-inch cake pan, bake for 35-40 minutes.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 635Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 314mgCarbohydrates: 80gFiber: 2gSugar: 57gProtein: 7g
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Cheryl~This looks so very yummy!
We love bananas at our home…so this recipe will definately be made here!
Thank you for sharing!
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YUm…we love banana anything! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the recipe! Looks wonderful!
That looks just yummy, I like banana! Banana bread also! mmmm.
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Cheryl – that looks so yummy. I have this great recipe that starts with a box cake mix, but you’re right, this looks pretty much just as easy. 🙂
thanks for linking up with Tasty Tuesday,
Looks delicious! I have never made a “homemade” cake….just boxed. Bet this would be great with coffee and a friend!
The Chocolate Chip Banana Bread was amazing! I’ll bet this Banana Cake is to die for. Can’t wait to try it!
OMG!! I’m going to have to make your choc. chip banana bread this weekend for my relatives. You are gonna make me get fat with all your yummy recipes!
Amy I figure if we all get fat together no one will notice right? LOL
My mouth is watering! I am over from hooked on houses.
Yum! That looks great!
Those sound sooooo good right now! I saving them for sure 🙂
I’m not I …. LOL
Oh yum!! Your banana cake sounds and looks delicious!! I’m going to have to check out your banana bread recipe too 🙂
I’m kind of weird — I love banana bread, banana cake, banana pancakes, banana chips…. but I don’t like bananas!!
This looks delicious! Care if I link to you in my blog for this recipe?? I want to make it very easy for my hubby to find it! 😉
Sure Michelle link away!!
I made this earlier in the week and it is yummy! Next time I might add some nuts to the cake itself. Thanks!
Wow – I bet this is really moist and yummy! What a nice way to use up bananas (and a good excuse to *have* to make a cake!). Thanks for linking it up!!
I like making cakes from scratch. I will use the cake flour for most my scratch cakes. Banana Cake sounds great. My family is not fond of nuts either, But am;-)
would it be ok too use sour cream
Yum! I've never made a Banana Cake, bread, of course, but not cake. This looks super good! Great to add to your Easter dinner!
Thanks for sharing!
After attempting many recipes that turned out so dense (more like banana bread), this one finally came out moist as ever! Absolutely loved it!!! I used my own browned butter icing w/pecans instead & it was outrageously good! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂
I made this today and man was it good! Really simple and an easy recipe. I enjoyed making it and eating it. Thank you!
Hey, this recipe looks great! I’d like to make it for a friend, but how many grams or ounces is a box of powdered sugar?
Followed to a T. Came out horrible looking, but tasted yummy ????????????
Can I use butter instead of shortening?
I have not made this cake with butter but butter or margarine can be substituted for the shortening. If you make it, please let us know how it turns out
Hey Cheryl, made the banana cake (I always make cupcakes instead) this morning and substituted butter for shortening and they are DIVINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They really don’t even need icing but of course I made that too! Thank you for the recipe!
I made this cake today and what a disappointment. It was so dry and didn’t even resemble the picture. I should’ve gone with my instinct to add more milk. A 1/4 cup of milk was not enough. The cake batter was spreadable like brownies. First time ever in 52 years I made a new cake recipe that didn’t turn out. I never tweek a new recipe but I will make it again and tweek it.
I’m sorry to hear your cake turned out dry. We have made this cake serval times and not had a problem. You can also see in the comments others have had success as well.
Over beaten batter will develop air pockets while it is baking and this will cause the banana bread to toughen and dry out. Overbaking is another culprit.