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Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

As a mother of three sons, I know that sweets are a staple in my kitchen! I buy lots of ripe bananas on sale and freeze them with this cake in mind. I’m often asked to bring it to family picnics and dinners.—Bonnie Krause, Irvona, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:15 servings


  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 medium)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash salt


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add bananas and milk; mix just until combined. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to the creamed mixture; beat for 2 minutes.
  • 2. In another bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold into batter. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and salt; beat until smooth. Spread over cake. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 15 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 497 calories, 18g fat (8g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 310mg sodium, 79g carbohydrate (55g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

Reviews for Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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AnnMarie1984 User ID: 8619350 244051
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2016

"This cake won the prize in this house! I have a particular husband and 3 kids 5 and under. This cake is one of just a few that my kids ate the frosting AND the cake part! The beaten egg whites give it more fluff so it's not so dense and heavy. Best banana cake recipe I've found! My husband's exact words. ..... It's deeeeeeeelicious!"

wyzgirl514 User ID: 1806395 242005
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2016

"Excellent banana cake and I love the fact that you could use regular milk instead of buttermilk, which I didn't have on hand. I used a store-bought frosting, but the cake was very, very yummy! Will make again! Thank you for a great recipe!"

GoodyQueen User ID: 6208519 241953
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"This cake has good banana flavor, but is super super dense. I was hoping for something a little lighter. The frosting is tasty, but a little thick."

Jen_Kochaney User ID: 8484400 231230
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2015

"This was just what I was looking for to use up some ripe bananas! The texture is dense, kind of like banana bread, but really tasty, and the recipe for the icing makes more than enough, so if it is your preference for less icing, maybe reduce it or save part of it for something else. YUM!"

LostTime User ID: 761087 99306
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2014

"This is a great recipe. Nice flavors. Easy to make. Yes, the frosting is different than other frostings I have made (no milk), but it is surprisingly tasty. The tang of the cream cheese balances out the sugar. I did not find I had to use any cream or milk like others did. I used a hand mixer and it beat the cream cheese, butter and sugar to a nice, creamy spreadable frosting. Perhaps I would use only 3/4 of the cream cheese, less butter and 3 cups of xxx sugar next time because I found it made too much frosting. Hard to stay away from the bowl for little tastes :)."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 209458
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2013

"I thought the cake would be a bit lighter with the whipped egg whites. Other than that, it was quite delicious."

Diner1 User ID: 7322061 156797
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2013

"It was good the day I made it but by the next day when all the flavors had had a chance to mingle- it was absolutely delicious!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 193450 83473
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2013

"Made this for a friend's annual Fourth of July celebration and it was a huge hit. Very moist cake, delicious frosting. And the frosting recipe makes enough for a good covering of the cake. Great way to use those over-ripe bananas that no one will eat!"

Bev Johnson User ID: 1621003 99946
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2013

"I had been looking for "the" banana cake recipe, so have tried a few. This one is it! It's also very easy to cut the ingredients in half to make an 8x8 cake. It might be the altitude where we live, but I found the cake needed 45 minutes to bake. Very moist and lovely texture."

robin hodge User ID: 1994219 209457
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2013


amychristine79 User ID: 5266571 172160
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"Very easy and quick cake. I made 2 9-inch cakes instead. Added walnuts, a little more bananas to the mix and made more frosting to add for filling. Great starter cake!!!"

againtipsy User ID: 6264994 209456
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"The cake was awesome. Moist and flavorful. Frosting was too sweet, so I mixed it with whipped cream. Great!!!"

leahrhr User ID: 4116643 99943
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2011

"Loved this recipe.!!! Added butter and brown sugar for extra rich cake. And cut the sugar by a 1/3."

Karine_vill User ID: 5837279 169567
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

"Incredibly moist. (I have put 3 tsp of baking powder and half the amount of sugar in the cake)."

Sylvia68 User ID: 4620812 209455
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2011

"Very good recipe. Moist cake. Frosting was a little too sweet for me. I definitely would make it with less confectionery sugar next time."

alxmcc User ID: 2777292 137564
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"Not as moist as i had hoped"

AnnieDrews User ID: 5489527 99942
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"This was my first time to make banana cake. It turned out really good! The only change I made was to add 2 Tbsp. heavy cream to the frosting. I thought I had my cream cheese at room temp. but it mixed up very thick. The cream made it just right."

karikelsi05 User ID: 4025032 137563
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"I made this for my son's birthday party and the kids loved it they ate the cake and not just the frosting."

sbdsqrgnsb User ID: 1140941 83472
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2010

"This is our option to banana bread.

Very moist, dense, flavorful cake. YUMM!
Do not change a thing."

roxied User ID: 254712 170809
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2010

"great cake,very moist and flavorful. needed to increase baking time to 40-45 minutes for cake to be done, only thing i changed. thank you for sharing."

rabdawg User ID: 632586 83470
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2010

"This was the best cake ever-moist and delicious. The whole family loved it. It was also easy to make."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.