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Banana Cake

Banana Cake is an easy and satisfying moist banana cake that is topped with a cream cheese frosting. If you are craving banana, try my cake, you will thank me later. 

The more brown a banana, the sweeter they get! Don’t throw away those brown bananas. Save them and make this delicious Banana Cake!

Banana Cake - An amazingly moist cake covered in cream cheese frosting. A perfect use for brown bananas!

Banana Cake

I admit, I used to throw the brown bananas in the compost. They just looked so icky to me and I couldn’t imagine peeling the skin and eating one. Blech. However, little did I realize just how many uses for brown bananas there are. They are so sweet, yummy and perfect to use in your baking.

In fact, I buy bananas and let them sit on the counter till they get that deep yellow colour and flecks of brown. My mom throws brown bananas in the freezer to use. I would too if I had a deep freezer.

How to Ripen Bananas Fast

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    If you want to ripen bananas fast you can use the oven. Just lay out your bananas on a baking sheet and put bananas in the oven at 300 degrees. 

    You will bake the bananas for 15 minutes and check them. The skins will turn black, and that is what you want. Once all the skins are black on bananas you will remove the bananas from the oven and allow them to cool down. 

    Then peel and use as you would. Baking in the oven speeds up the process of ripening and you will have a rich and smashable banana in 15-30 minutes. 

    Cream Cheese Frosted Banana Cake

    This Banana Cake is sweet, dense and packed full of flavour. The cream cheese icing is the perfect complement.

    It reminds me a little of a Banana Bread, but in cake form. It’s also super easy to make. Serve for a sweet breakfast with your morning coffee or as a dessert to a nice meal.

    Banana Cake - An amazingly moist cake covered in cream cheese frosting. A perfect use for brown bananas!

    Looking for More Ways to Use up Brown Bananas

    For more ways to use brown bananas, check out my recipes for Banana Cupcakes, Banana Streusel Muffins, Banana Split BrowniesBanana Bread Breakfast Casserole and Banana Cake with Toffee Frosting. You might also like this Earthquake Cake or coffee cake.

    You can never say no to a goode dessert? Am I right? Those are some of my favorite recipes I think you all might enjoy. 

    How to Store Cream Cheese Banana Cake 

    If you want to store your cake, it will need to be refrigerated. The reason being is the cream cheese frosting will go bad if it is left out on the counter. 

    Just place in an airtight container with a lid or take your cake pan and cover tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Either method works, you just want it covered to prevent odors from getting into the cake. 

    Banana Cake - An amazingly moist cake covered in cream cheese frosting. A perfect use for brown bananas!

    How to Freeze Leftover Cake 

    Another option for you is to freeze leftover cake. Now, you can slice it up and freeze each piece so you can pull one piece out when you get to craving. Other method is freeze the cake whole, and then allow it to fully thaw before you slice. 

    You need to wrap 2 times in aluminum foil or use a freezer friendly container. Make sure that it is wrapped good to prevent it from getting freezer burned. Then you can store for 2-3 months in the fridge. 

    When you are ready to eat a slice remove from freezer and allow to thaw on counter for a quick dessert, or place in the freezer the night before you plan to eat it. That way it can thaw slowly. 

    Variations to Banana Cake Recipe 

    • Toss in some chocolate chips, white chips, peanut butter, etc. This will add a bit of flavor to your cake. I would do around 1 cup, and fold into the batter before pouring into the pan. 
    • Pecans or walnuts would also be great to fold in to the banana batter. I would do around 3/4 cup of nuts. Or you can sprinkle nuts on top of the frosted cake as well for dressing it up and adding texture and flavor. 
    • Feel free to add in other fruit like blueberries if you want something with a bit more dimension. I personally enjoy plain banana, but you can mix in other fruit if you have some you want to use up. 

    Make sure to take the time and use ripe bananas for this banana dessert. If you don’t have over-ripe then ripen in the oven. It truly transforms the flavor of your recipe. 

    This cake is great for holiday gatherings, birthday parties, weeknight dessert, and so much more. I will admit I have even ate this cake for breakfast. I mean banana is a fruit, so it is good, right? 

    What is your favourite way to use brown bananas?

    Banana Cake - An amazingly moist cake covered in cream cheese frosting. A perfect use for brown bananas!

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    4.48 from 133 votes

    Banana Cake

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 10
    Prep Time 20 minutes
    Cook Time 45 minutes
    Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
    An amazingly moist cake covered in cream cheese frosting. A perfect use for brown bananas!



    • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 ½ cups bananas mashed
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • pinch salt


    • ½ cup unsalted butter
    • 1 package package cream cheese 8oz/250g, softened
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract


    • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan and set aside.
    • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until combined. Add eggs, bananas and vanilla and beat until combined.
    • In another bowl, stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to wet mixture and stir to combine.
    • Pour into prepared baking pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out cleanly from the centre. Cool.

    Cream Cheese Frosting

    • Beat butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Gradually add in icing sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Spread over cooled cake.



    Serving: 1g | Calories: 631kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 387mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 66g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Desserts
    Cuisine American
    Keyword banana cake

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    1. Sab Edwards says:

      WAIT you don’t have a deep freeze? I’d be lost without mine…I don’t live in the city so I might shop every 4-6 weeks or even less in the winter time (just because the city doesn’t plow its streets) I buy and freeze most of the stuff and tend to pre prep quite a few meat meals this way as well

    2. Nice this is a fluffy light banana cake to have with tea. I’d use honey or brown sugar to make it healthier

    3. Christine Weary says:

      The banana cake looks so good.

    4. Margarita says:

      Thank you!! My go to banana cake recipe! Love it! I use brown sugar instead of white sugar and add 1 tsp of cinnamon to dry ingredients. It comes out perfect every time. 

      1. Two cups of brown sugar?

    5. Rickey Olsen says:

      Do you use a 3 oz. package of cream cheese for the frosting or an 8 oz?

    6. Thank you for this recipe. It’s so easy and my 7yr old who adores baking made a perfect banana cake with this recipe. She used brown sugar to make it a little heavy and added some cinamon. It was yummyyyyy

    7. Linda Cromeans says:

      Can you use self rising flour

      1. Hi Linda,

        I’ve never made it with self-rising flour so I don’t know for sure! I would *think* it would be ok if you leave out the baking soda though. If you do try, let me know how it turned out.

    8. I would rather use a banana frosting. I’m not big on cream cheese frosting. Do you have a banana frosting?

      1. Hi Tammy, Banana frosting would be yummy! I don’t have a recipe posted for one yet unfortunately.

    9. I made this yesterday and let me tell you…it came out fantastic! It was super tasty, moist, and perfectly sweetened. The cream cheese frosting was the perfect addition (did decrease the sugar a bit) to the cake because it adds a little bit of bitterness/tanginess to the sweet banana cake. I have tried many recipes and I could confidently say that this is going to be my go-to recipe! Thank you so much Stacie!

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