Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Putting leftover bananas to work in the most delicious way possible! Banana Cake is delicious on its own, and the Cream Cheese Frosting puts it RIGHT over the top.

I’m a sucker for a good banana dessert.

If a restaurant has a banana option on the dessert menu, done deal. Game over. That’s what I’m getting. (Exception: If the restaurant is Italian, I’m ordering Tiramisu).

And if I have leftover bananas on hand, it’s a done deal. I’m making this Banana Cake with cream cheese frosting.

Putting leftover bananas to work in the most delicious way possible! Banana Cake is delicious on its own, and the Cream Cheese Frosting puts it RIGHT over the top.

Whether you have bananas in the freezer waiting for their second act (I have a story about this which I’ll come back to) or you have bananas on the counter that are sliding into darkness, this recipe is your solution.

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“My friend asked me if I wanted a frozen banana, I said ‘No, but I want a regular banana later, so … yeah.’ ” –Mitch Hedberg

Putting leftover bananas to work in the most delicious way possible! Banana Cake is delicious on its own, and the Cream Cheese Frosting puts it RIGHT over the top.

Like many food bloggers, I often find myself in a situation where I have more food than mouths to feed. When this happens, I call friends who help alleviate the “burden.” Desserts are especially problematic for me because I REALLY don’t want to eat an entire cake in a day.

And it sounds crazy, and you think I’m exaggerating, but that’s only because you’ve never seen me eat. I can out-eat you. Whoever you are, I am sure that I can eat more than you can. Just ask anyone.

Or better yet, let’s have lunch.

But anyway, back to this cake. I never call anyone for help with this cake. It’s just too good. I can’t share it. Try it: You’ll see why.

Putting leftover bananas to work in the most delicious way possible! Banana Cake is delicious on its own, and the Cream Cheese Frosting puts it RIGHT over the top.

Frozen Banana tangent: My sister Monica visited me right after I had my daughter, Charlotte, about a year ago. Along with cleaning my house, doing my laundry, holding my newborn, and playing with my son (I distinctly remember being extra lazy while she was around), she peeled all my browning bananas and put them in freezer bags for me. And labeled them. It was just such a thoughtful gesture.

Many thanks to my Aunt Tammy who generously shared her recipe with me! (I am also eternally in her debt for this delicious Cowboy Caviar recipe. Yes, same Aunt Tammy.)

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Putting leftover bananas to work in the most delicious way possible! Banana Cake is delicious on its own, and the Cream Cheese Frosting puts it RIGHT over the top.
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Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Putting leftover bananas to work in the most delicious way possible! Banana Cake is delicious on its own, and the Cream Cheese Frosting puts it RIGHT over the top.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 298 kcal

Ingredients

FOR THE BANANA CAKE:

  • ½ cup butter softened (1 stick)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups ripe bananas mashed, 3 medium
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch salt

FOR THE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

  • ½ cup butter softened (1 stick)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 15” x 10” x 1” pan (jelly roll pan) with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl by hand, beat butter and sugar and pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, banana, and vanilla and mix well.
  3. Meanwhile, combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Add to banana mixture and mix until uniformly combined.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean with a few crumbs attached. Cool completely, at least 30 minutes.
  5. To prepare the frosting, combine remaining butter and cream cheese in a standing mixer with the paddle attachment. Or, combine in a large bowl and beat by hand.
  6. Gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat well. Spread evenly over cooled bars.

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17 comments


  1. Love the idea of banana bars! Nice that there are not a lot of other flavors in there, just banana. Sometimes bananas are just what I crave. Saved this recipe-yum!

  2. Delicious! It’s not often you see a frosted banana treat – and I love frosted treats!

  3. My son will really love this. It looks really simple and delicious :)

  4. Great use for bananas….plus it’s frosted….I would be one happy camper with a plate of these in front of me. ;)

  5. What a great idea! Mine usually wait out until I get the urge to make banana bread, but this looks even better! Great recipe.

  6. Can this be made ain a 9×13 pan?

    • Hi Valerie, yes. I have made it that way. But, I think I had to bake it longer, and I do not recall exactly what that bake time was. I will test it again though and post my results. You won’t have the 50/50 cake/frosting ratio though… for better or for worse! ;)

    • Hi Valerie, I made this cake in a 9″ x 13″ pan today. It worked out great! I ended up baking it 50 minutes total at 350 degrees. The thing you have to watch for is making sure the center is set. I know that probably sounds obvious, but there were multiple times where I thought the cake was done but the center wasn’t. The top gets browned, but it tastes perfect. I actually left the frosting off today too, and it’s like a giant pan of really great banana bread! I’ll update the recipe to reflect this info. Thanks for the question!


  7. Agreed! I wouldn’t share either ;) 


  8. 1. I love banana bread! 2. I could eat cream cheese frosting out of the bowl. 3. I’ve never had the two together, but it sounds like the perfect pairing! 

  9. Banana bread AND Mitch Hedberg quote? Great blog! and photography :)

    • Ha ha ha! Thanks. :) Yeah that Mitch Hedberg quote is one of my favorites and I’ve just been WAITING to pull it out. Photography – thank you! I try very hard, the struggle is real, it doesn’t come naturally, all of that. It’s a lot of practice, I take several hundred photos per week and eventually I get better, very slowly! Always room for improvement! Thanks again. :)


  10. Ha! I LOVE that you can (probably) eat more than me, Meggan. Next time I out-eat everyone at the table, I’ll think of you!!
    The banana cake it stunning. Stunningly simple, too. I have a bit of a battle on my hands to get to the browning bananas before my husband throws them away (!!) but this is a great idea if ever i do have some bananas needing immediate usage!

  11. This looks delicious! Should salted or unsalted butter be used? Thank you – can’t wait to try it.

    • Hi Irene! Technically you should probably use unsalted butter for everything because salt content varies by brand of butter. However, my mom (and all my friends and relatives in Wisconsin) don’t buy unsalted butter, ever. I’ve made it with both, it’s delicious with both. I honestly can’t tell the difference. There is a pinch of salt in the recipe, but it’s not going to taste salty if you use salted butter. I hope that helps! It’s a great question. Thank you. :)

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