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Potluck Banana Cake Recipe

Potluck Banana Cake Recipe

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 YIELD:12-15 servings

Ingredients

  • 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
  • COFFEE FROSTING:
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Potluck Banana Cake

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MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2015

"This recipe was dense and would hardly rise. I, too, think it was the lack of baking powder.

Heavy with moisture and barely done after an additional 10 minutes. I"ll stick with my old recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2015

"Cake was easy enough but the frosting was WAY too sweet. I added some additional butter and substituted the coffee for vanilla extract (wife didn't want the coffee flavor) and it was still a bit sweet. I used the whipping beater for my mixer to lighten it up and, while a bit on the sweet side, it came out good. The cake recipe came out good and needed no additions or subtractions. I did use 3 bananas (I don't know if I'd call them medium) but they were very ripe and mixed right in. Alternating the banana, flour and sour cream was a mess-free way of incorporating the flour (which tends to bomb if the speed isn't just right)."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2015

"I thought the amount of banana looked skimpy, so I doubled it. Very moist and fulfilling banana flavor. Next time I will try a caramel frosting, or none at all"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2015

"I have made this cake twice now. One as the recipe says, then I made this cake but with some revising, since I am diabetic. I used a sugar substitute in place of regular sugar. I also used 1/2 of regular flour & half local wheat flour, which did not affect the taste. I also did not have enough sour cream & ended up whipping heavy cream, then adding it, and it tasted fine as well. My husband does not like coffee at all, so the frosting for his half of the cake was a cream cheese frosting and he loved it, the cake was a bit heavier & I am guessing from the wheat flour but was still "YUMMY"!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 18, 2015

"We love bananas, so this cake sounds good to me. One question....will the coffee granules dissolve in cold milk, or should I dissolve them in warm milk, and then cool it off before proceeding to complete the frosting?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2015

"Very delicious even with a canned cream cheese frosting since I had one that needed to be used."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2015

"I have made this cake since I came across this recipe in 2014 at least 6 times - wonderful wonderful cake and my 2 granddaughters (8&10) absolutely love it with the coffee icing. The flavor they love plus I think they feel grown up with coffee ::) b great recipe"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2015

"Great cake! Frosting is yummy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"Very good but tasted like banana bread with frosting."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

"This is so good! I wasn't sure about the coffee frosting, but it is a good combination. Thanks for sharing!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"Super quick - super delicious! Was ready to go in the oven by the time it preheated. Stayed moist and delicious! Cheated with a can of cream cheese frosting and it was just enough! Great dish for a party or crowd. It's a keeper!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"Absolutely delicious! Moist & flavorful, & easy to make! I didn't make the frosting because I'm diabetic & all my kids have grown up with cakes without frosting (except for special occasions) & think they're too sweet with the frosting. Have to admit I was tempted to try it, though--sounds delicious! The cake alone is excellent! I'd add a little more vanilla next time, though, just to meet our tastebuds."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2014

"You will have to try really good"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2014

"I made cupcakes from the recipe, it makes about 15. They were absolutely delicious !!

Such a simple, good basic recipe.......very moist, very flavorful. definitely a "keeper"."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

"I made this for our annual neighborhood Labor Day party and everyone wanted to know who made the banana dessert. Instead of mashing the bananas, I put both the sour cream and bananas in my blender to have a smooth batter. I also added a cup of blueberries to the batter that gave the dessert a little more juiciness and tartness. I only used the frosting on half the cake for those who preferred without any extra sweetness. It is definitely more cake-like than bread. It is a keeper for sure."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

"I made this cake to take to work. It was very moist and the icing was delicious . I only gave it four stars because the cake didn't rise as much as it looked in the picture it was more like a bar than a cake . Overall the taste was very good"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

"Cake was awesome. I made a cream cheese with banana icing...it was a real hit for friends and family!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"Everyone loved this cake and it was really moist. Will make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2014

"Great taste unique frosting"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2014

"Loved this cake and the combination of frosting and cake is wonderful. My family loved it too and I would suggest it too."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2014

"Only two of the four in my family like bananas but the two of use that do like this cake. The sour cream makes it super moist. I used a vanilla bean cream cheese frosting for this because the two of use don't care for coffee. The banana flavor is a nice change to the typical white cakes at potlucks."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2014

"Anything banana goes well with my family. Delicious cake, tender and moist. Will keep this recipe for a family favorite!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2014

"I also have made this recipie for many years in a 15x10 pan.....got the recipie card that I cut out of a previous Taste of Home magazine! I will substitute some banana extract for part of the vanilla for more banana flavor, I usually use a cream cheese frosting.....moist and delicious and easy to make!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2014

"I"ve made this cake before but added 2 tlb. of poppy seed to it. good recipe"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 29, 2014

"Excellent"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 18, 2014

"Was fantastic and the icing really put it over the top!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 12, 2014

"For DEFILYER I would suggest several things to try, in order ,1) be sure your oven actually is at 350 F ,2) be sure you are using really ripe bananas, and ,3) since you made it once and it was too heavy: beat the eggs until quite foamy then add them to the thoroughly whipped butter and sugar, this incorporates more air which makes a cake lighter. It is also possible your baking soda is old (I don't know the scientific reason but if the box is open for a while it looses strength - maybe oxidation) so open a new box and try that. Finally, since you know how the batter looked and felt last time add a LITTLE milk if the batter seems to be as thick and/or heavy as last time. Hope these hints help. Delicious recipe and great use for bananas too old for fresh eating pleasure"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

"Delicious cake! I really like the coffee frosting with it. I have also made this with a peanut butter frosting and it was divine. This is a versatile cake and you should definitely give it a try."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"I have made this for years..but I call it banana bars and make it in a 15 by 10 inch pan.Always turns out excellent. I frost it with bream cheese frosting. Easy and delicious. Never fails!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"there is nothing better than banana cake. This is a great and easy cake for any occoasion!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2014

"didn't turn out well. didn't cook well through, very dense and heavy, doughy almost on the bottom not sure what I did wrong. seems most of the reviews are great. id try it again, but if I didn't get a great result second time, I will toss the recipie."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"Very tasty moist cake, everyone loved it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2013

"The cake is wonderful!!! I did not care for the frosting, however my 17 year old daughter loved it. I will make the cake again, but find a different frosting."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2013

"Very moist and delicious! It's easy to make too. It'll be a go-to recipe when I need to use up very ripe bananas."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2013

"We've had this cake quite a few times. The problem is that it just doesn't last verry long. Thisis a WOW. If you like bananas and a hint of coffee. .this is for you. I've never taken leftovers home. It is delicious. Best cake I ever made."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

"Was very simple to make, my instant coffee was Irish Creame flavored this gave it a little bit of creamy taste to the frosting. cake was moist would make again"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2013

"I've made this twice. I cut the recipe in half to make an 8-inch square cake. I cut the amount of sugar down to less than 1/3 cup and the cake was plenty sweet. I made a cream cheese icing and added strong coffee to get that coffee flavor suggested in the recipe. This is a good recipe -- thanks."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2013

"I made this cake last night and I LOVED it so much!!!! I couldn't stop eating it. What a fabulous recipe, I highly recommend it....."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2013

"This was good the first day I made it but by the next day when the flavors had had a chance to mingle- it was absolutely delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2013

"this cake was fantastic. I almost didn't make this frosting because it didn't sound like it would be good on banana cake but, wow, I'm glad I did. Who would of thought banana and coffee would go together. Hubby really liked it too. I'll definitely make this again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2013

"My husband requested a banana cake for his birthday. I'm so glad I used this recipe. The final product was delicious! He proclaimed it one of the best-ever birthday cakes.

I substituted plain yogurt for the sour cream since that is what I had "on hand.""

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 4, 2013

"This was very tasty, especially when served warm. I love the combination of banana and coffee! The texture of the cake was more dense than I would have liked and didn't look too much like the picture. But it was a very good banana cake."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2013

"Not a very good recipe, the batter hardly rose. Im thinking its the lack of baking powder in the recipe. 1 star and I will never make this recipe again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013

"moist and flavorful"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2013

"I've had this recipe for about 20yrs. A neighbor gave it to me & have been making it ever since. I changed mine a little. Only used 3/4 c sugar, used non-fat banana yogurt & baked in a 15X11" pan . I topped it w/chopped nuts before baking & omitted the frosting or just dust w/powder sugar. Cut into bars & it is the best banana bars I ever tasted."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"Didn't work for us! Flavorless cake favor, Icing was only thing we liked and it wasn't much of it to spread on cake."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"Happened upon this recipe again and HAD to make it. MMMMMMMMM delicious! This time I didn't have any instant coffee powder so I used espresso shot instead of the milk. Worked just fine and had a much more 'real' coffee taste!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2012

"I used plain yogurt instead of sour cream. It was great."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2012

"This cake has a wonderful homemade taste. I give it 5 stars."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2012

"Made this for the second time today!

Such a tasty banana cake - and not so heavy like some other recipes. The coffee frosting is definitely what makes it so good, I would never make the cake without it. Made it for some friends and one of them was begging for the recipe afterwards!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 20, 2012

"Love this recipe! Was looking for something new to do with older bananas and came across this little GEM! I've made it several times since and it's been very well received no matter where I take it. It's such a great flavor combination- similar to coffee waking up the flavor of chocolate- it does the same for the bananas. Rich but light, and super delicious!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 11, 2012

"Mad ethis and it's definitely tasty. A good alternative to blackened bananas other than the same ole boring banana bread! Frosting is deceptively good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 5, 2012

"LOVE this recipe! The cake is very moist and fluffy, and the coffee frosting is to die for! I added a little extra coffee to make it a stronger flavor."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2012

"I settled on this recipe after looking at several of the others, and I am not disappointed. I liked that it had just one cup of sugar, so the cake is not overly sweet, and I like the addition of sour cream for the moistness. I used light sour cream. I did not make the frosting--I don't think my crew would have liked the coffee flavor--so I just used store bought cream cheese frosting and added some yellow food coloring, which my 6-year-old and 4-year-old (who helped make the cake) thought was great. I will definitely make this a go-to recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"Everytime I have brown bananas on my counter, this is my go-to recipe. My husband used to make the banana bread in the house from an old Joy of Cooking book, but mine 'takes the cake'. I make exactly as written. It is supurb."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2011

"Delicious but does not rise unless I buy a new box of soda every time, and has a heavy doughy bottom. Followed recipe exactly, not my oven because everything else I bake in it turns out perfect. What am I doing wrong? Does it need baking powder also? Hope someone can help me."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2011

"Made this for a friend's birthday at work. It was a hit with lots of requests for the recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2011

"This cake was YUMMY! My kids loved it & so did hubby and he is not a cake eater. Didn't last long in my house lol"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"If you need something to do with those bananas that are just to ripe to eat, make this cake. It will be enjoyed by all!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"This cake was so delicious I will definitely make it again. My coworkers loved it. I changed the frosting to a plain cream cheese frosting and it worked wonderful."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"this cake is absolutely delicious-moist(although it didn't last very long). The coffee flavored frosting was the best. I have made this again & again & have given this recipe to others. I used expresso powder & did not dissolve before adding to powdered sugar. Nice kick.Would not have thought of combining the two flavors, but wow did it taste good. Thanks"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"The cake was good. I think it could have used a pinch of salt. I would make this again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"great cake"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"Delicious!!!! Very moist, excellent flavor. Definitely a make again! Icing was great. Just enough flavor, but would be good with or without the icing. DELICIOUS!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"I made this for the fellows at work. They loved the cake; however, they thought the icing would be great on chocolate cake. They want me to make the cake with cream cheese frosting. Will do."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"I made the recipe just as written and wouldn't change a thing! I was worried that people who weren't coffee drinkers wouldn't like the icing, but it disappeared and many asked for seconds."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

"TRYED THIS LAST NIGHT THE ICING WAS FINE IT ALL CAME TOGETHER PERFECT AND EASY TO SPREAD. BUT WOULD NOT USE IT AGAIN. WAY TO SWEAT AND OVER TOOK THE TASTE OF THE CAKE. AND NOT USE TO BANANA CAKE WITH SOMETHING ON IT LOL, IS IT WORTH TRYING ?????? YES NEVER PASS SOMETHING UP JUST CAUSE SOME ONE ELSE DOESN'T CARE FOR IT. WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN TASTE. WHEN I MAKE IT AGAIN AND I WILL IT WILL BE PLANE CAUSE IT IS VERY MOIST AND YUMMY. SO TRY IT AND USE YOUR OWN JUDGMENT .YOU'LL BE HAPPY YOU DID!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2011

"This was very tasty, however I had a real problem with the icing,,,,,had to add more milk to the powdered suger, butter and coffee granules just to be able to spread it on the cake. Think some of the ingredients were missing.?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2011

"This cake was great. This will definately go into our 'make again' file."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2011

"I didn't like the frosting. Way too sweet but the cake itself was good. Reminded me of my mom's famous banana bread."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2011

"My family loved this!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"Excellent recipe - I subbed applesauce for the sour cream, reduced the sugar, increased the vanilla and used vanilla sugar. I baked in muffin tins at the recipe recommended temperature and they were perfect. Came out moist and delicious for breakfast and snacks."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"Took this to work today and got lots of compliments!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"I cut the sugar to 1 1/2 C.and added walnuts to the cake. To a cream cheese frosting to I added 1/2 tsp. dried coffee. Loved the flavor."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"Suggestion for a lighter but really yummy frosting: Thaw an 8 oz. carton of Cool Whip per package directions. In a mixing bowl, whisk together a package of instant pudding mix (vanilla or choc.) and ONE cup of milk. Fold Cool Whip into pudding, combining thoroughly. Spread on cooled cake and ENJOY!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"Great recipe...but....for those on Weight Watchers....one piece is 10 points."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"Simple,easy comfort food. I was going to jazz it up with toasted nuts or some almond flavoring but at the last minute decided to go plane Jane for the group I was feeding and it was the right choice. I subbed some dark brown sugar for a portion and used vanilla sugar for the rest. Was out if sour cream but subbed applesauce and soymilk and the muffins/cake are heavenly- full of flavor, moist yet ethereal -not dense at all-delicious plain."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

"please help me! someone requested a recipe from me but I don't know how to answer them on taste of home site. i have tried several diff. ways but I am not comp. savy & can't send the person the recipe. pls. e-mail me with instructions, kaykeays@msn.com thanks in advance"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

"Have made this recipe from a different site; it had a different frosting. This is the best banana cake I have ever made, light and fluffy. I used thawed bananas from the freezer. Doesn't even need frosting, it is so moist and flavorful. A definite keeper (the recipe)."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

"moist cake. i would make this cake again"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011

"I work in an office with +20 guys, 2 asked me for the recipe and one said it was better than my homemade banana bread - from my Grandmother's recipe book."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2010

"this c aske was so goood.. easy to make, not overly sweet,just the right amount of banana taste. family thought it was awesome! definitely a keeper. used vanilla butter cream frosting instead of the coffee. used fat free sour cream that is all I had in fridge. great cake!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2010

"This cake did not last a day. It was the best banana cake ever."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2010

"The cake part of this recipe is delicious. The 1st time I made it I used a cream cheese frosting and liked it better than the coffee buttercream. Although it's still very good that way too. The cake bakes beautifully and isn't too sweet. A keeper!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2010

"This cake was such a hit for my family & friends . that i was asked to make it for a pumpkin weighin party this weekend"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2010

"wonderful"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2010

"This cake was so moist and delicious it only lasted two days in our house. I didn't use icing, so we ate it like banana bread for breakfast. I am making it again for a church dinner."

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