May 17, 2009

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

This cake is wake up in the middle of the night thinking about it good...
Sneak a piece in the closet good...
Make funny involuntary moaning noises while eating it good!
Hide the last piece from your very own children good!!!!!

When I found this recipe on Recipezaar, I thought it looked yummy.
Then when I saw it has almost 500 five-star ratings, I knew I had to try it!

The method is kinda kooky.
The cooking temp is strange.
The ingredients are super-simple.
This cake is impossibly moist.

And.. it is one of the BESTEST cakes I've ever made!

Follow the directions, even though they make ya say. "huh?"
You'll be glad you did!

Oh! and it's best the next day!
So, make it early!

Even those who hate banana bread will love this simple cake!
It's NOT the same thing!

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Icing.
SERVES 16 , 1 9x13 pan or 1 bunt.

  • 1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed, ripe
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/8 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups icing (or powdered) sugar

Garnish (optional)

  • chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 275°.
  2. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.
  3. In a small bowl, mix mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy.
  6. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in 2 tsp vanilla.
  7. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
  8. Stir in banana mixture.
  9. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake. in preheated 275 F. degree oven.
  10. Check it in about one hour, Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. (it took my bunt 1 hour and 15 min)
  11. Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.
  12. For the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  13. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  14. Add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until frosting is smooth.
  15. Spread on cooled cake.
  16. Sprinkle chopped walnuts over top of the frosting, if desired.
  17. ENJOY!
**Tip** I like my cream cheese icing better than this recipe, so next time, I'll use mine.
It's wonderful served chilled or room temperature!

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  1. My gosh this is EVIL! I haven't even had breakfast yet!

    Sooooo tasty looking.

  2. I love love love banana cake!! YUM

  3. This cake is beautiful and sounds delicious!

  4. lordy.. banana cake and cream cheese frosting.. my two favorite things! this looks delicious!!

  5. This looks like a keeper! One thing I'd add to this recipe... Roast the bananas in their skins for 20 min in a 250 oven. After they cool, just scoop 'em out and you're ready to use them. This gives them an extra banana "kick". And it's a good technique to use if your bananas aren't quite ripe yet.

  6. I just bookmarked this. It looks similar to another banana cake I used to make years ago, but forgot all about. Thanks for the reminder.

  7. Was just wondering why the ingredients would me me go "huh?"
    ; ) Cuz they look pretty normal to me!!
    Looks lovely.

    1. I think they must have meant the part about putting the cake in the freezer as soon as it comes out of the oven.. not really an ingredient.. the technique is what I thought would be the "huh?" part :)

    2. and the 275 degree temperature... very LOW.. for a cake. ...and the photo looks like it was made in a bundt pan, but the directions say 13 x 9.........

  8. ingredients wont make ya go"huh?" but the temp & cooking time sure do!

  9. I've made this cake before from the recipezaar one for Easter this year and wow! My relatives are still talking about it as if it's the holy grail of banana desserts.

  10. This looks very rich and good! BTW I awarded you a Blog Award, because I love your blog! You can get it here:

    May 18, 2009

  11. Yum, I could almost smell it from here!Great recipe!Hope you wont mind but I'd love to bring over Foodista readers to your site, just add this little widget here to this post and it's all set to go, Thanks!

  12. Made this today and its very, very yummy!!!

  13. BEST BANANA CAKE RECIPE I HAVE EVER MADE!! if any of you have ever made banana cake you know they can be temperamental- often falling.
    This cake is everything you imagine it to be :-D and more

  14. I will be making this cake next week. It looks very delicious, however I noticed your tip at the end that stated that you like your cream cheese frosting better. Can you post your recipe for the icing?

  15. actually freeze ur bananas well pipened and then thaw and they ROCK................

  16. I must to say the cheese drives me crazy, I approach every time for eat cheese and I add in my recipes all the time. I read some days ago the cheese have many properties and vitamin. The most important thing is the potassium and calcium the cheese contain. I am sure that When i buying my house through costa rica homes for sale i will prepare a dinner for all my friends and I will add many cheese. That will be wonderful.

  17. The most delicious cake I've ever taste in my whole life! wonderful recipe!

  18. So I made this cake tonight and did everything EXACTLY how is was stated in the recipe, however, when I took the cake from the cooled pan and went to icing it, the cake seemed VERY dense and heavy. Almost wet inside! I continued to icing it and by the time I was done and pick it up, the cake felt like it weighed about 9lbs!! Is this normal?? I make cakes OFTEN and really wanted to try this for my sisters 40th Birthday tomorrow and am now kinda embarrassed to serve it. I really hope it tastes a lot better then it looks!!!!

    1. hmmm that IS strange!
      I've never had it turn out heavy, it should be light and soft.
      Are you sure your oven temp is calibrated correctly?

    2. Yes.....we have a brand new home with all new appliances. Our stove is even a high end model, because I do so much baking. I'm wondering if it's so dense and wet looking, due to the texture and moistness of the bananas??
      I'm serving it tonight after dinner, so I will let you know the outcome once we cut into it!!

    3. Don't know you and therefore please don't take my comment wrong, but I said the very same thing once about my new appliance and how good an appliance it must be because of the cost. My turkey took HOURS to cook and nearly ruined the holiday. Afterwards I found out my new high end oven was over 175° OFF!

  19. I made this last night and mine turned out very dense too. However, it's delicious. Everyone loved it. I did reduce the sugar slightly and replaced half the fat with applesauce. I wonder if the low temperature causes a delayed reaction with the baking soda. I read another low temp recipe that required putting the item to be baked in the oven at a "higher" temp for the first 5 minutes and then reducing the temp to quite low. Of course, that does not explain why the poster above and I had the issue with density and everyone else did not. I didn't have room in my freezer so I just placed the cake outside(covered with a plate) as it's winter/below freezing here. I also used my own cream cheese icing. 4 oz cream cheese, 3/4 cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp almond extract, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp cinnamon whip together and add milk, I tsp at a time, whip after each addition, until desired consistency is reached. Family loved it!

    1. Wouldn't the cinnamon add a slightly different flavor to the frosting?

    2. Wouldn't the cinnamon add a slightly different flavor to the frosting?

  20. So when you originally made this cake did you do it in a bundt pan or 13 X 9? It looks by the smaller picture you used a 13 X 9. I want to use the bundt to make it look a bit fancier for a social. But I am wondering about the baking time.. Has anyone used a bundt pan? Also it sounds like you are leaving cake right in pan to freezer correct?

    1. Hi! #10 of the directions says she used her bundt pan & had to increase her baking time to 1 hour & 15 minutes. ��

  21. I've been making this cake for a while,it takes my oven about 1hr45 to bake but never fails too please my boys.i tweak the icing and sometimes use my recipe.

  22. This is simply delicious! This is my first time baking a banana cake from scratch, so I didn't know what to expect but the results were delectable. I did change the temp setting to 325* and baked for 1 hour 20 minutes, but the cake was very moist and so so good.

  23. This is the best banana cake I have tried. I used 1/2 buttermilk and 1/2 sour cream...added 1 tsp of almond extract. Do moist and I don't even do the freezing method.

  24. Do you put this in the freezer right out of the oven? Just curious. thanks

  25. Just made this cake. It's in the freezer now. I baked it in a bundt pan and increased cooking time to approxiately 1 hour 45 minutes. I added chopped walnuts to the batter and will forgo the icing. Its smells really good in the house right now.


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