Recipes and Cooking Banana Cake Ripe bananas are good for more than banana bread. Try them in this moist buttermilk Banana Cake with cream cheese frosting. After just one bite, you'll wish you discovered this delicious dessert recipe years ago! By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on July 10, 2017 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Prep Time: 20 mins Bake Time: 25 mins Cool Time: 2 hrs Total Time: 20 mins Servings: 12 Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour 1 ½ cup sugar 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3) ¾ cup buttermilk or sour milk* ½ cup shortening 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 eggs Cream Cheese Frosting 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened ½ cup butter, softened 2 cup sifted powdered sugar ¼ teaspoon vanilla Directions Grease and lightly flour two 8x1-1/2-inch or 9x1-1/2-inch round baking pans or grease one 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set pan(s) aside. In a large mixing bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add bananas, buttermilk or sour milk, shortening, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Add eggs; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour batter into the prepared pan(s). Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes for round pans or about 35 minutes for 13x9-inch pan or till a wooden toothpick comes out clean. Cool layer cakes in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove layer cakes from pans. Cool thoroughly on racks. Or, place 13x9-inch cake in pan on a wire rack; cool thoroughly. Frost with desired frosting. Makes 12 to 16 servings. Cream Cheese Frosting In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, softened, and butter, softened, with an electric mixer on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Beat in sifted powdered sugar and vanilla until combined. Makes about 2 cups. *TIp: If you don't have buttermilk on hand, substitute sour milk in the same amount. For the 3/4 cup of sour milk needed, place 2-1/4 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar in a glass measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 3/4 cup total liquid; stir. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes before using it in a recipe. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 501 Calories 24g Fat 68g Carbs 5g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 12 Calories 501 % Daily Value * Total Fat 24g 31% Saturated Fat 11g 55% Cholesterol 73mg 24% Sodium 421mg 18% Total Carbohydrate 68g 25% Total Sugars 47g Protein 5g Vitamin C 2.7mg 14% Calcium 83mg 6% Iron 1.5mg 8% Potassium 195mg 4% Fatty acids, total trans 1g Folate, total 55.8mcg Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg Vitamin B-6 0.1mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.