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

Sweet White Wine

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

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Kathy2rdh User ID: 7696637 257630
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2016

"Best cake ever made - never a piece left over. Super moist"

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!"

[email protected] 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."

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