Potluck Banana Cake Recipe
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Potluck Banana Cake Recipe

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I found this recipe more than five years ago and have been making it for family gatherings ever since. The coffee-flavored frosting complements the moist banana cake. —Kathy Hoffman, Topton, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 344 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 368mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with bananas and sour cream, beating well after each addition.
  2. Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Dissolve coffee granules in milk; add to butter mixture and beat until smooth. Spread over cake. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Potluck Banana Cake in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2007, p100

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pyrlgyrl User ID: 7085265 263516
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2017

"This is an amazing recipe. I have been searching and searching for a potluck banana cake recipe and this version keeps popping up. Well. I finally made it and wow! This will be my go to recipe. I put it in a bundt cake pan on 350 for 50 minutes. No frosting needed."

Corwin44 User ID: 7541400 261155
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2017

"This cake was really easy to put together and was a hit with everyone. We really liked the frosting. I did use brewed espresso instead of instant coffee granules. It's a great way to use up bananas that are starting to brown. One of my children isn't a fan of bananas, but said this cake was good."

gina.kapfhamer User ID: 8717427 260616
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2017

"This dessert is a GAME CHANGER for any potluck, office party, family event, holiday, or any day of the week. Delicious! The frosting is good, but sometimes I just opt for a Nutella spread on top if I'm too lazy to make my own. This recipe is definitely a keeper!"

pip31453 User ID: 7296615 250456
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2016

"Just like Mom used to make! This was a family favorite back in the 1960s. I was delighted to find this recipe and try it out on my own family. It was a hit!"

foxyhottcakes User ID: 8321657 250016
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2016

"The only thing I'd change would be to use 2-3 tablespoons of fresh brewed strong coffee instead of instant. The coffee flavor is more than just a hint, so prepare for coffee lovers! I also think that a cream cheese frosting base with coffee flavor would be excellent . I want to try that next time I make this."

RGootkin User ID: 4368421 249867
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2016

"Super quick. Super easy. Super good..!!"

Jotho User ID: 6874877 248867
Reviewed May. 31, 2016

"I have made this cake several times. My family said this is awesome. I make the frosting different. My daughter cannot have milk. I use stick of butter, vanillA extract, powdered sugar and marshmallow fluff. Excellent. Love this cake."

Southernutahlady User ID: 8820355 246263
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2016

"There was no liquid in this recipe and it was flat, gummy and more like a cookie after it cooked. I will never try this again. Probably needed a cup of water or milk."

tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 234240
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2015

"The coffee icing is what caught my attention with this cake recipe. I did not have instant coffee so I put just 1 teaspoon of regular ground coffee in the icing. This cake is light and moist. The banana and coffee flavors go great together."

Elainesollner User ID: 8170968 230516
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2015

"I made this cake , followed the recipe exactly. It raised nicely above the pan, but after removing it from the oven it fell . Very dense. Will not make it ever, I think something is missing. No stars for this cake."

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