Banana Snack Cake Recipe
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Banana Snack Cake Recipe

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"I often make this moist banana cake for birthday days," remarks Dawn Fagerstrom from Warren, Minnesota. "The recipe is good for making cupcakes, too - they taste great even without frosting."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 to 3 medium)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 6 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 461 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 376mg sodium, 76g carbohydrate (58g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Stir in nuts.
  2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, in a large saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter and milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cool to lukewarm.
  4. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Frost cake. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Banana Snack Cake in Quick Cooking May/June 1999, p44

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hsoray User ID: 955134 231940
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2015

"Easy and flavorful if you're using super ripe bananas. I cut the brown sugar by 1/4 cup and it was still sweet to our tastes. It did come out soft and spongy, according to my son. I'm bringing it to a potluck and will sprinkle a bit of confectioner sugar on top since they like their treats really sweet."

AzHummer User ID: 7951207 231784
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2015

"Quick and easy. I didn't frost, just sifted some confectioner's sugar over top and felt it was sweet enough. Will definitely make again."

grannyfromwisc User ID: 7988042 20393
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2014

"I would eliminate the frosting as it was too sweet. The cake is very moist and sweet enough by itself."

cathy.egan User ID: 1358968 86636
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2014

"This has been a favorite in our house since 2001. I call it "Banana cake with caramel frosting""

jdanz2010 User ID: 6202316 52573
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2014

"I made this cake a couple of weeks ago, following the recipe exactly except I omitted the nuts. I agree with many other comments that this was the best banana cake I've ever had. Highly recommended!"

best of home cooks User ID: 5361390 56972
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2014

"Best moist banana cake ever."

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 26199
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"This cake is so good on its own, it doesn't even need frosting! We love anything with banana so I made this one evening planning to make the frosting in morning. No need! The cake was mostly eaten before midnight! Teenagers couldn't get enough of the moist warm cake and the adults liked that it was not sickening sweet. A hit with all! For my oven It needed to removed at the 25 minute mark."

shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 26192
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

"Really good moist banana cake!!! It was very delicious and fairly easy to whip up. I may halve the frosting recipe for next time because everything together was just a little too sweet for my personal tastes. The cake is so good on it's own that it may not even need the frosting. I used coconut oil in place of the shortening and I think I am going to add some rum or rum flavoring to the mix like another reviewer suggested next time I make this."

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 33142
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2013

"A colleague said it was the best banana cake she's ever had!"

bholme43 User ID: 1264944 29390
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2012

"I made this cake for the first time yesterday & divided the batter between an 8x8 square dish & a small bundt cake pan. It turned out great & is truly a wonderful snack cake; it would work for birthday cake or whatever. It is absolutely delicious. I did add 1 TBSP of rum to the bananas before adding them to the mixture.

I would definitely recommend this cake!"

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