Banana Bread Snack Cakes Recipe
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Banana Bread Snack Cakes Recipe

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This cake doesn't need any frosting—just a dusting of powdered sugar. Guests are always amazed that I made this treat from scratch.—Denise Loewenthal, Hinckley, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 1 small)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  1. In a bowl, combine flour and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk the brown sugar, water, banana, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Transfer to a greased 8-in. square baking dish.
  2. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Cut into squares. Yield: 9 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe does not use eggs.
Originally published as Banana Snack Cake in Quick Cooking May/June 2004, p13

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Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"So easy to put together. I added some mini chocolate chips to mine. Just delicious. I like the idea of substituting buttermilk for the water. I will try that next time..but quite good the way the recipe is written."

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"This recipe is nice and easy to mix together. It's a great cake to make for busy week nights, or whenever you need a treat that comes together quickly. I like to add some chopped nuts to the batter, as well for added cruch and flavor."

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2013

"I must admit the only reason I tried this recipe was because I was out of eggs! Now, it is a keeper. A great combination between cake and bread. Since I had buttermilk on hand I used that instead of the water. A great recipe that we will be making for years to come. The first time I made these out of necessity now I make them because they are so well loved!"

Reviewed May. 26, 2012

"I have been making this for years. When my now 12th grader was in 4th grade, he loved it so much, he asked me to make it for every potluck at school. I was asked my many parents for the recipe."

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"This is definitely a keeper! I'm always looking for recipes that make a smaller amount (for 2). More than that, this cake is moist and sweet, and you can taste the banana! In lieu of the canola oil, you can always substitute it with 1/3 cup applesauce to make this a completely fat-free cake, with all the moist flavor and goodness! For a finished dessert, I might frost it very lightly with my caramel icing. A KEEPER!"

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