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

Reviews for Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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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!"

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!"

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."

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!"

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 :)."

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2013


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!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

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

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2011

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

Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

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

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."

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"Not as moist as i had hoped"

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."

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."

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2010

"This is our option to banana bread.

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

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."

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.