Best Ever Banana Cake

Best Ever Banana Cake

Best Banana Cake Ever slice

One of my favorite cake recipes is based on a recipe my sister found over on She told me it was so good she ended up throwing it out her window because she could not stop eating it. Of course, after hearing that story I had to try it for myself. Guess what? This banana cake recipe really is that good.

The recipe below is primarily from the recipe posted over at, but it has a few alterations. I hope you and your family will enjoy it and will not have to throw it out the window.

Best Ever Banana Cake


  • 1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed, ripe
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups icing sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 275° (yes that says 275°)
  2. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan or two 9 inch rounds.
  3. In a small bowl, mix mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and sugars 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 and then stir in the banana mixture.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (See note).
  9. Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes. Do NOT skip this step as it will make the cake very moist.
  10. For the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  11. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  12. Add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until frosting is smooth.
  13. Cool cake completely and frost.

Note: A few have commented that the cake was still runny after an hour. This may be due to differences in climate, bananas, or even elevation. For me, this temperature and baking time works perfectly.  You may have to experiment to find what works best for you (maybe increasing temp to 300, or cooking longer).

Best Ever Banana Cake on cake plateI hope you enjoy this banana cake recipe. Let me know if you try it. Feel free to leave a comment.



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  1. Any cake that has to be thrown out the window not to be eaten must be REALLY good!! I can’t wait to try it – I’ve never had banana cake before.

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  2. Auntie Pamela says

    AHHHHH, I confess!! It was I who had to throw the cake away because it’s deliciousness made my willpower disappear. I hope that everyone loves this recipe as much as me and my sister! Bon’ Appetit!

  3. This looks so good…especially the frosting. I don’t know why I don’t like most frostings but somehow I just know I’d like this one!

  4. Oh. Dear. This looks AMAZING. ::Drool:: I might have to make this. Tomorrow. Yummmmmmmm. Thanks for sure.

  5. I Love banana cake, and with homemade icing… yummy!!

  6. That Banana Cake looks sooo yummy!

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  7. You can omit it. The original recipe does not include it. 🙂

  8. It sounds amazing!

  9. i love banana cake, would love to try this one

  10. This looks amazing! Think I may have just found another holiday recipe!

  11. The cake looks amazing! YUM! I will have to try it….

  12. Wow, that cake looks amazing

  13. Looks yummy!

  14. I love banana anything. This looks so good. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week and Happy Thanksgiving!

  15. Oww getting really hungry now. Nice blog by the way

  16. I just pinned this – I love most anything with bananas. Unfortunately this has buttermilk – I’m debating if it’s worth a stomach ache…..

  17. I baked it for an hour at 275 and it was not nearly done! I’m baking it now at 300 to finish it and hope it doesn’t take too long as its 9:30 and I still have to put it in the freezer for 45 mins !

  18. I made two nine inch round layer cakes, and they were still runny in the middle at one hour. I bumped up the temperature and baked them 15 more minutes. I like my icing more stiff than this turned out. I added much more powdered sugar or it would have been too “light” to hold the top layer. (The icing would have oozed out between the layers.). The cake actually turned out well. The flavor was great. I think next time I would just bake the cake at 300 or 325 instead of 275.

    • Glad you got it to work for you. It is pretty dry where I live so runny frosting gets stiff here really quickly!

  19. Erin Eurek says

    I baked the cakes for 1 hr at 275 and still a bit runny. I bumbed up to 300 with 10 more minutes and they were perfect! Yummy, yummy yummy!

    • Yay! I am glad you liked it! I haven’t made this cake in a while and I really think I need to whip one up this week.

  20. Nothing else to say but YUMMMMMMMM!

  21. Kathy Beamer says

    I made this yesterday for my Birthday and it was GREAT! Everybody wanted to know when I plan to make it again. I did have to bake it at 275 for an hour and a half. This is one of the best cakes I’ve ever made….It’s a keeper for sure!

  22. Well, I just made this cake and it’s in the oven. It looked and sounded so good I thought I would give it a try. I will respond later with my thoughts and results. My husband and I love banana cake.

  23. I’ve been making this banana cake for at least 13 years; I made it for my son’s first birthday! It is as good as you say! 🙂


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