Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
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Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

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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
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 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

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.


  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.
Originally published as Banana Cake in Country February/March 2010, p51

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.

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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.

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