Banana Cake

filed under: Cakes on September 20, 2018

If you are looking for a Banana Cake with PURE banana flavor, this is the cake for you! It is based on my favorite Banana Muffins recipe. I did leave out one ingredient that might be a game-changer… scroll down to see more about that!

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Banana Cake

So I am a brat when it comes to banana cake. I have another Banana Cake on my blog which is a giant 3 layer cake with fresh homemade banana curd. (It’s AHmazing BTW) These recipes have one big thing in common and that is NO CINNAMON. When it comes to banana cake I don’t want it to be banana bread. I want fresh, pure, perfect banana flavor. And this cake doesn’t disappoint! It is packed full of banana’s (3 cups!) and just enough sugar to sweeten them. It is dense yet light and has the most perfect crumb you will ever find. I often prefer this cake without any frosting at all, and when serving it naked you can also serve it for breakfast!

The BEST Banana Cake

Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Because the star of this show is the banana sheet cake, I wanted to use a frosting that has a light and airy texture. This Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting still provides all of that classic joy that comes from Banana Cake + Cream Cheese Frosting, but goes a step further and makes it velvety smooth! I use a stand mixer when making this recipe just to incorporate as much airiness as possible, but it can also be done with a hand-held mixer.

Banana Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Cake Recipe

Let’s talk a little bit about how EASY this recipe is to put together. There are 7 ingredients in total. I was able to do that by using self-rising flour which took the place of the baking powder in the original recipe. It technically has a bit of salt in it, so you can opt to omit the salt I have listed in the recipe if you prefer. (But if you are frosting the cake with the Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting which is VERY sweet, be sure to leave the salt in the first time you make it. After that you can tweak to your preference.)

Banana Cake Recipe

Self Rising Flour vs. All-Purpose Flour

Because the self-rising flour has baking powder already in it, switching out to all-purpose flour is very easy. Simply follow the recipe as listed but in place of self-rising, use the same amount of all-purpose flour and then add 2 teaspoons of baking powder.

Banana Cake

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I mentioned above that you can eat this for breakfast because it is based on my banana muffin recipe. But OH MY WORD what that whipped cream cheese frosting does to this cake!!! It’s magical. Pure heaven. You will never want to make regular ole cream cheese frosting again!

I shared the cake with many friends and family and got RAVE reviews from everyone who tried it. I have a feeling it will be your new favorite Banana Cake and the only Banana Cake Recipe you will ever need!

4.24 from 17 votes
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Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

If you love banana, this is the cake for you!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana cake, cream cheese frosting
Servings: 12 large pieces
Author: Amanda Rettke
Ingredients
Banana Cake
  • 2/3 cup (152g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 8 (3 cups) ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (360g) self-rising flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 1/2 cup (357g) cold heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz package cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup (120g) confectioners sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. table salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
Banana Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a 10x15 baking pan with butter and flour or non-stick spray. 

  2. Melt butter and set aside to cool slightly. 
  3. In a large bowl, mash banana's with a fork or with a hand-held mixer.
  4. Add butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla and mix well.
  5. Add in the flour and stir until all ingredients are incorporated.
  6. Bake for 18-25 minutes. You want the top to be a light golden brown and an inserted toothpick to be removed mostly clean. The cake should have risen in the middle and spring back if you press gently with your finger.

Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or hand-held mixer), beat cold whipping cream on medium-high until stiff peaks form; about 2-3 minutes. Place whipped cream into a separate bowl and clean out stand mixer bowl.

  2. In clean stand mixer bowl (or using a hand-held mixer) whip cream cheese until light and smooth. Add in sugar, salt, and vanilla and beat until fully incorporated.
  3. Remove bowl from stand mixer and gently fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture.

  4. Can be used immediately. You can store in the refrigerator until ready to use, just be sure to bring to room temperature before piping or spreading.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Please note that this recipe uses SELF-RISING FLOUR. If you use all-purpose and do not make adjustments, it will not turn out.

Self Rising Flour vs. All-Purpose Flour: Because the self-rising flour has baking powder already in it, switching out to all-purpose flour can be very easy. You will need to add 2 teaspoons of baking powder to the equivalent amount of all-purpose flour.

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Comments

  • Chris says:

    I already tried this recipe and the cake resulted wonderful, fluffy and very tasty, thank you for sharing this recipe😁greetings from germany

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      So glad you enjoyed it! <3

  • LynnSolis says:

    Your recipe list Kosher salt for the ingredients but does not say where to add it when mixing the cake

  • Estela says:

    I want t know if i can use smaller pans when naking a banana cake. My oven is small and a 10 x 15 pan will not fit. Would like to bake for my mom

  • Bonnie Weber says:

    LYNNSOLIS, the salt is usually added to the flour before adding it to the wet ingredients in most recipes. Hope this helps.

  • Karen Cotton says:

    5 stars for the Banana Cake and cream cheese frosting Bravo absolutely love it best banana cake recipe around Thankyou for such a Heavenly cake and frosting recipe Karen Cotton

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      So glad you enjoyed it Karen!

  • Susan Baker says:

    I didn’t have self rising flour so I added the baking powder like u said to. I didn’t have ripe bananas so I put them in the oven like u said to, cake turned out very dense, and no flavor, threw the whole thing away, and it was for Thanksgiving

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      So sorry that happened to you! However, I did not say to use bananas that are not ripe. There is no flavor in unripened bananas when it comes to baking.

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