Homemade Banana Cake


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This Homemade Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is so incredibly moist and delicious. It’s so easy to make from scratch with overripe bananas. Everyone will find it to be a tasty dessert.

Piece of Homemade Banana Cake.

Homemade Banana Cake

I am a fan of banana recipes. I make our Easy Banana Cream Pie so often. When I have overripe bananas I will make an Easy Banana Bread or a CopyCat Starbucks Banana Nut Bread. But, most of the time, this Homemade Banana Cake because it is a family favorite.

Banana cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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I keep bananas on my countertop because my family eats them more than any other fruit I can offer them. Sometimes they get eaten right away but I frequently overbuy. If you are like me and hate to see overripe bananas being tossed in the trash, I encourage you to make this Homemade Banana Cake.

Homemade Banana Cake on a plate with fork.

This Banana Cake is moist and fluffy each and every time I make it. Most everyone that gives it a try, asks for the recipe. Cakes are great for feeding a crowd and most of our guests will indulge in a pice or two. It’s so easy to make a cake in a 9X13 pan and then cut into snack-sized pieces to serve a large party.

Banana Cake from scratch on a fork.

For this Banana Cake recipe, I like to top it with my favorite cream cheese frosting. It’s the same that I use for my Homemade Pumpkin Cake. From scratch, frosting is always better than store bought. If you are pressed for time, feel free to use store bought, it will still be an amazing cake. If you would prefer a buttercream frosting, I think it would be super tasty too!

Best Banana Cake piece with cream cheese frosting and text.

Ingredients needed to make Homemade Banana Cake

  • overripe bananas
  • eggs
  • milk
  • flour
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • baking soda
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla
  • powdered sugar
  • butter

Ingredients to make Banana Cake.

How to make Banana Cake

First, go ahead set your oven to 350 degrees. Then, heavily grease and flour a 9X13 cake pan. I keep shortening on hand for coating my cake pans. It always keeps my homemade cakes from sticking.

Prepared cake pan for banana cake.

In a small bowl, you will want to use a fork to mash your banana. Then set it aside when making the rest of the cake.

Mashed overripe bananas in a bowl.

In a medium bowl,  add the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Next, you will give it a good whisk so all the dry ingredients are combined well. Then set this bowl aside too!

Dry ingredients in a bowl to make banana cake.

For this step, you need to combine the milk and the lemon juice. Then set it aside until needed further along in the recipe.

Adding lemon juice to milk.

In a very large bowl, it’s now time to combine the sugars, eggs, and butter. I beat this really well until it is light and fluffy.

Wet ingredients for making homemade banana cake.

A stand mixer or hand mixer will work for this step.

Mixing banana cake ingredients in a bowl.

Next, alternate between adding the flour and then milk, mixing with a spatula.

Adding milk mixture to banana cake ingredients.

We are not wanting the mixture to get overbeaten. If overbeating your cake will not bake as evenly.

Slowly adding dry ingredients to banana cake batter.

For this step, fold in the overripe banana that was previously smashed with the fork. If I happen to have chopped walnuts in my pantry, I will add them during this step. Walnuts or even raisins are a great addition but definitely not needed.

Folding in the bananas to cake batter.

Last, we add our mix to our prepared pan. Then, on into the oven, it goes for about 50-55 minutes. The baking time may vary from each oven.  Remove the cake from the oven when a toothpick is inserted into the center comes out clean.

Banana cake batter in prepared pan.

After the cake has cooled a bit, I put it into the refrigerator for approximately 30 mins or so before adding my frosting.

If you are looking for other banana recipes, be sure to see these others that I have shared:

From scratch banana cake with cream cheese frosting.

4 from 1 vote

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

By: Jen CIncyshopper
This Homemade Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is so incredibly moist. It’s so easy to make from scratch with overripe bananas. Everyone will find it delicious.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Servings: 9



  • 3/4 cup Butter, softened
  • 3 medium overripe Bananas
  • 1 1/2 cup Milk
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda


  • 8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup Butter, softened
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 6 cup Powdered Sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Grease and flour a 9x13" baking pan. Set aside.
  • Mash 3 medium bananas in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • Combine milk and lemon juice. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and eggs. Beat until fluffy.
  • Alternately add in portions of milk mixture and flour mixture, stirring each to combine.
  • Fold in mashed bananas.
  • Transfer batter to prepared pan.
  • Bake 50-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool for 15 minutes then place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before frosting.
  • Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until well blended.
  • Slowly beat in powdered sugar.
  • Spread frosting over cake and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Calories: 1038kcal, Carbohydrates: 170g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 37g, Saturated Fat: 22g, Cholesterol: 154mg, Sodium: 561mg, Potassium: 315mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 132g, Vitamin A: 1297IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 108mg, Iron: 3mg
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Long collage of Homemade Banana Cake.

Small collage of Homemade Banana Cake.


About Jen Cincyshopper

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  1. 4 stars
    This cake is definitely moist! I must disclose that I used 2 sticks of butter (1 cup) because the butter amount was initially omitted from the original post. It was divine. I gave this 4 stars because the icing was too much and tooooo sweet. Almost 3/4 of an inch of icing. I will adjust the icing next time to make this a 5 star recipe! Thank you for sharing. And it fed a LOT of neighbors!!