Homemade Banana Flips {recipe}

A delicious recipe for homemade banana flips. Two moist layers of banana cake with a fluffy banana cream filling.

Homemade Banana Flips recipe at TidyMom.net Two moist layers of banana cake with a fluffy banana cream filling.


Happy New Year!!!

As much as I enjoyed the holidays (and the nice break) I have to say……I’m glad it’s all over.

I’ve pushed all of those holiday flavors aside and I’ve moved on to banana!

The other day I was lining up some recipes I wanted to make and share when I realized they were all banana!

This recipe first caught my eye because of its simplicity then I realized it’s a copy cat recipe of an old time snack cake.  I’d never heard of Banana Flips, but my husband sure had!  His eyes lit up with excitement as he recalled the favorite snack cake from his childhood that he hadn’t thought about in years.

I’m thinking anything filled with fluffy white cream around a yellow cake has GOT to be delicious! right? Banana Flips looked like a sponge-cake taco; a banana cake “shell” with creamy white fluffy banana filling. They were well known for their extreme messiness!

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I’m not a big fan of artificial banana flavor, but this moist yellow cake with a  fluffy banana filling was light and sweet and only has a very faint banana flavor…….so faint in fact, that my hubby thought it could use a little more banana flavoring.  So if you really want a punch of banana I would up the banana extract flavoring to 2 teaspoons in the recipe.  But if you want just a hint of banana, leave it like it is!

My husband said it was love at first bite……..they were everything he remembered in a banana flip, sans the taco shape.  I thought about making these like whoopie pies, but since I only have one whoopie pie pan, that would have taken several batches, so for now, I opted for the layer cake and cut it into squares.

How to make Homemade Banana Flips

(full recipe below)

Using 2 jelly roll pans (any size, but the larger the pan, the more flips you will get.  I used a half sheet pan) lightly grease pans, then line with parchment paper and grease parchment paper.  Divide batter evenly between the two pans and use a rubber spatula to spread batter to edges of pans.

Homemade Banana Flips in pans

Bake cakes in 350° oven for about 13-15 minutes.  Cool completely.

While cakes are baking, make banana filling.  I also cut a large piece of cardboard and covered in foil to place my cooled cakes on (but you could probably just leave it in one of the pans).

Place filling on one cake layer and using an offset spatula spread filling all the way to the edges.

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banana flips fluffy filling

Carefully place second cake layer over frosting.  Garnish with powdered sugar.

banana flips layered

Place cake in refrigerator for at least 1/2 hour before serving. (it’s best served cold)

banana flip cake


After the cake chilled I cut mine into squares and placed in an air tight container in the refrigerator

banana flips cut


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Homemade Banana Flips

Light fluffy banana cream between two layers of moist yellow cake


For Cake
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (18.25 ounce size)
  • 1 small box instant banana pudding mix (4.5 cups serving size)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
For Banana Filling
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon banana extract
  • powdered sugar for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Grease 2 jellyroll pans (11×17 or 10×15), then line with parchment paper and grease parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together cake mix and instant pudding mix. Beat in the eggs and 1 1/2 cups of milk.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the two pans.
  5. Bake 13-15 mins. for 11×17 pan or 15-20 mins for 10×13 pan., or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean.
  6. While cake is baking, make filling
  7. Sift sugar and flour together in medium bowl and set aside.
  8. In a medium bowl cream together the butter and shortening until combined, then add sugar mixture.
  9. Beat in the milk and banana extract until smooth (about 3-5 minutes with stand mixer)
  10. When cake is cooled, invert one layer onto serving tray. Spread filling over the top and cover with remaining cake layer. Garnish with powdered sugar.
  11. Keep chilled until 1/2 hour before serving.
  • For more banana flavor, use 2 teaspoons banana extract.
  • Variations you could also make these using whoopie pie pans instead of cake layers.
Recipe from cdkitchen

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