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Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting |

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Author: Laura
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 hours
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed (1 and 1/2 cups mashed)
  • 3 cups flour 
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, plus an extra 1/4 cup if needed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch pan and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk together and set aside.
  3. Using a mixer, beat the butter in a bowl on high speed for 1 minute until smooth and creamy. Add both sugars to the butter and beat on high speed for 2 minutes until creamed together. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.
  4. Add in the eggs and the vanilla. Beat on medium speed until combined. Add in mashed bananas and beat together. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl as needed.
  5. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients in thirds alternating with the buttermilk and mixing each addition just until incorporated. Do not overmix. The batter will be slightly thick and a few lumps.
  6. Spread batter into the prepared 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.  The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If you find the top of the cake is browning too quickly, loosely cover it with aluminum foil. Allow to cool completely. 
  7. For the frosting: Beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth and creamy. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt. Beat for a couple of minutes until smooth. If you want the frosting a little thicker, add the extra 1/4 cup of confectioners sugar. Spread the frosting on the cooled cake. and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. Serves 12.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
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