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!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Cool Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 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


  1. 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.

  2. 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).

  3. 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

  1. 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.

    Banana Cake


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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

501 Calories
24g Fat
68g Carbs
5g Protein
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.

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