Banana Layer Cake Recipe
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Banana Layer Cake Recipe

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“Years ago I combined two recipes to come up with this delicious iced cake,” says Jennie Krell of El Cajon, California. “It has a wonderful banana flavor.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/3 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 3 drops yellow food coloring, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 629 calories, 20g fat (7g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 549mg sodium, 109g carbohydrate (87g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, beat shortening and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg yolks. Beat in banana on low speed until blended. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to banana mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into batter.
  2. Coat two 6-in. round baking pans with cooking spray and dust with flour. Add batter. Bake at 375° for 23-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat shortening and butter until smooth. Add 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, salt and extract; mix well. Stir in banana. Beat in enough of the remaining confectioners' sugar to achieve desired spreading consistency. Tint with food coloring if desired.
  4. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Banana Layer Cake in Cooking for 2 Fall 2005, p62

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jean748 User ID: 204799 226214
Reviewed May. 11, 2015

"Could I use a small bundt pan for this cake instead of 2=6" pans ??"

micheleclow User ID: 6777152 113233
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2010

"This cake was really tasty, but I wouldn't use the shortning in the frosting next time. It would have been much better with butter. Also, I used an 11x7 because I don't have 6" rounds."

treta User ID: 75050 136777
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2009

"Very good flavor. I added chopped pecans to the frosting and that really gave it a nice touch."

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