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Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Katerina | Diethood
Decadent, easy to make Banana Cake topped with a silky Cream Cheese Frosting.
Servings : 16
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


For the Cake
For the Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 cups powdered sugar


For the Cake
  • Preheat oven to 350˚F. Lightly grease a 9x13 glass baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat butter on high until creamy; about 30 seconds.
  • Add sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; beat until combined. Add egg, mashed bananas, sour cream and vanilla; beat until incorporated.
  • Mix in the flour; continue to mix until combined.
  • Stir in the pecans.
  • Transfer the batter to the baking dish and, using an offset spatula, spread the batter evenly.
  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
For the Cream Cheese Frosting
  • In your mixer's bowl, combine the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla; mix until fluffy and completely combined.
  • Slowly add powdered sugar, about 1/3 cup at a time; continue to mix until smooth and thoroughly incorporated.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Frost the cooled cake with the Cream Cheese Frosting.
  • Cut and Serve.


  • Room Temperature Ingredients: It's easier to mix the batter when your butter, cream cheese, and eggs are at room temperature. This also helps improve the cake's texture.
  • Avoid Overmixing the Batter: Combine the ingredients just enough without overdoing it. Overmixing can lead to a dense or tough cake.
  • Keep an Eye on the Oven: Baking times may vary with different ovens. Start checking your cake around the 32-minute mark. Use a toothpick to test doneness - if it comes out clean, your cake is ready.
  • Cool Before Frosting: Wait until the cake is completely cool before adding frosting. Frosting it while warm could cause the cake to crumble and become messy.
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, Sixteenth Edition


Serving: 1 slice | Calories: 428 kcal | Carbohydrates: 53 g | Protein: 4 g | Fat: 23 g | Saturated Fat: 11 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 60 mg | Sodium: 129 mg | Potassium: 130 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 39 g | Vitamin A: 610 IU | Vitamin C: 1 mg | Calcium: 40 mg | Iron: 1 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana and walnut cake, best banana cake recipe, easy banana cake, moist banana cake