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Banana Cake Recipe

Updated on March 2, 2008

Banana Cake Recipe Tips

If I could only give one tip to making sure your banana cake recipe ends up tasting delicious, it is to make sure that you use very ripe bananas. By very ripe, I mean overripe. I mean throw them away bananas. The bananas should be almost black. At the very least, there should be absolutely no green on them. The bananas should at least be a dark yellow with lots of brown spots. And this goes not only for banana cake recipes, but for any bread or muffin made with bananas as well.

Banana Cake with Chocolate Glaze

In Search of a Perfect Banana Cake Recipe

Every southern cook wants the ultimate banana cake recipe. I think I may have the best banana cake recipe ever, and believe me, I have tried a lot of banana cake recipes. If you love bananas, banana bread, or banana muffins, and you've never tried a banana cake, you've got to sample this banana cake recipe. It's banana heaven.

Best Banana Cake Recipe

Banana Cake Recipe Ingredients

1 1/2 cups mashed overripe bananas

2 teaspoons lemon juice

3 cups all-purpose (or cake flour for a finer, lighter texture)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup butter, softened

2 cups sugar

3 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together the mashed bananas and lemon juice. In a different bowl, mix all-purpose flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. In another large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in each egg one at a time. Add the vanilla. Alternate adding the flour mix and the buttermilk. Next, stir in the mashed banana mixture.

Pour the banana cake batter into 2 greased and floured 10 inch round cake pans. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the banana cake comes out clean.

Frosting for Banana Cake Recipe

Banana Cake Frosting Ingredients

1/4 cup butter, softened

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar

3/4 teaspoon vanilla

Chopped pecans, optional

Cream together the butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Add the vanilla extract. Add confectioners sugar. Beat at low speed til mixed, then on high until smooth. Spread on the cooled banana cake. Sprinkle chopped pecans on top.

Frosting Variation for Banana Cake Recipe

I have also made this banana cake recipe with no icing at all and it still tastes delicious. Or thin the banana cake frosting and drizzle it over the cake as a glaze. Chocolate frosting also tastes delicious on a banana cake. Here is a recipe for banana cake glaze frosting:

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chocolate morsels or 3 tablespoons cocoa

2 cups confectioner's sugar

Mix everything together except the confectioner's sugar. Heat in a saucepan on medium heat until the morsels and butter melt. Remove from heat. Add to the confectioner's sugar. Mix well. Drizzle over the banana cake.

Banana Cake Recipe Tips for Freezing

Note: This banana cake recipe freezes very well. Simply wrap very tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil after it has cooled for a few minutes. After taking the banana cake out of the freezer, let it come to room temperature before unwrapping the cake for frosting. It will taste fresh and amazingly moist.


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      ssasi margret 4 years ago

      let me hope my try will work.

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      dominic 5 years ago

      this looks good - im going to try it today!!!

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      Yasmin Lambaraa 5 years ago

      Was the best banana cake! Had never made one before and this turned out perfect and looks so decadent for a first timer! THANK YOU :)

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      linda 6 years ago

      i will definetly try it cause i like anything banana .thanks a bunch.

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      Shelley 6 years ago

      Wonderful recipe !!! I used it for a 12 inch round ( part of a wedding cake ) lovely texture , moist and easy ... a perfect combination !

      Thanks !!!

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      Urvish Tamakuwala 6 years ago

      Okay, so I have to admit, when I read this recipe, I was very skeptical. I've never made a banana cake before and I was just not buying the simplicity. I decided to make it anyways for a friend's b'day, since he loves banana anything. Let me tell you how WRONG I was. The recipe is perfect! My cakes baked evenly(which never happens), the texture was superb! Even the frosting (I doubled the recipe) was super easy to make and work with. I did make a few alterations. I added some chopped walnuts and pecans (1cup combined) to the cake itself. And decorated the finished cake with whole toasted pecans. Wish I could post a picture on here! THANK YOU!

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      polita 6 years ago

      I tried your recipe today for my birthday tea and it was a total success, thank you very much for posting it, i send your link to my friends that wanted to try the recipe for themselves. I used 1/2 less sugar and did the cheesecake frosting...mmm I wish I could post the pics here he he.

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      Angela Harris 6 years ago from Around the USA

      Jasy, I'm so happy you enjoyed my banana cake recipe and that it turned out well for you! You are very welcome!

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      jasy  6 years ago

      I am 51 years old agood cook. i have try all kinds of banana cake resipes and this is the one I have been looking for at last. thank you i did it, the best one i have every made.

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      priynaka 7 years ago

      even i have a cake recipe which is even simpler


      eggs 2

      banana 2

      baking powder 1tbsp

      vanilla essence 1 tbsp

      butter 100gms

      sugar 125 gms

      flour 175gms

      milk 1 tbsp

      mix all the ingrdients..make sure u beat them together for atleast 10 min..bake it in micrwave for 10 min on high power..n u have a yum cake ready...

      decorate it with gems..

      i baked it in microwave as i don't have an oven...its simply delicious...n u wont belive my mother in law praised me for it...

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      celinewayne 7 years ago


      yummy I love banana cake so much.

      next time i will try your recipe =)

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      steven jane 7 years ago

      it sound very delicious i will have to get my wife to try this out this coming weekend

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      Brooke 7 years ago

      This cake is so easy and so delicious. Stop diddly dattling and just do it! :)

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      Raewyn 7 years ago

      Absolutely the very best banana cake recipe ever. I made 2 variations - I used 1 cup of wholemeal flour and 2 cups of white. Also I made one 9" square cake rather than the 2 cake pans, and cooked it for about 1-3/4 hours. It was still beautifully moist, and perfectly cooked. Everyone loved it.

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      Sherrie 7 years ago

      This is basically my banana recipe only that I add raisins which I always have soaking in rum and wine and add a few tablespoons of the rum and wine to the mixture plus I add a 1/4 tsp of nutmeg. Fantastic recipe...has everyone raving about it and it is so simple so make

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      Riviera Rose 7 years ago from South of France

      Looks delicious - one I'll definitely be trying!

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      sherster 7 years ago

      absolutely awseome!!!

      madefor sisters b-day luv it.

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      natalie 7 years ago

      when i made this cake everyone loved, there is this girl styaing at our house and she never had a banana cake before and she loved it so much! she kept asking when im i going to make it again!! thanks for the recipe!!

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      amy louise x 7 years ago

      banna cakes are gawjus, but this one looks a bit to much.

      if someone can spend there time doing this for a living ok, but not if its just for a quick pudding for the family etc.

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      finn 8 years ago

      could eat that all up

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      munirat 8 years ago

      WOW pic look nice

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      James Bond 8 years ago

      I want this cake now! UUUMMM Delicious!

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      Dupsy, Nigeria 8 years ago

      I tried the banana cake using this recipe, it turned out so lovely. Everyone loved it.

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      Jesus_saves_us_7 8 years ago from Seeking Salvation

      Wow! This looks wonderful! Thanks 4 sharing!

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      notorious_HAI 8 years ago

      I just rolled out of bed and onto hubpages....this recipe and those photos are almost motivating me roll into the kitchen and make a banana cake. I'll email it to mum :) . Thanks! ***wiping drool from face***

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      Jenny 8 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe...was looking for the ULTIMATE banana cake for my new guy's birthday cake...he said his fav was banana cake and I had never made it! Trying it today and it smells great baking right now. This may just be the cake that seals the deal for us! LOL. Thanks.

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      gss 9 years ago from Florida

      Looks delicious, you are making me hungry. Thanks.

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      Angela Harris 9 years ago from Around the USA

      Yeah, but my Banana Cake never turns out looking that good. So I don't feel guilty at all about eating it.

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      Stephanie Hicks 9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      OK - so the picture almost looks to good to eat! Chocolate and bananas.... looks heavenly!

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      Angela Harris 9 years ago from Around the USA

      I know. I'm so hungry.

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      Stacie Naczelnik 9 years ago from Seattle

      That picture looks scrumptious!