Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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This Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is light and fluffy with just the right amount of silky smooth frosting on top. If you have overripe bananas, this is the way to use them!

If you love this banana cake, here are a few more recipes you’ll have to make afterwards: banana bread bars, banana oatmeal cookies, or chocolate banana bread for something a little different (but still so delicious!)

A slice of banana cake with cream cheese frosting.

Banana Cake Recipe

So I am pretty much the worst at judging how many bananas to buy. (And how many we’ll end up eating!) Either we run out too soon or have way too many that all seem to ripen at the same time. You can only eat so many bananas in a day and by the next day they’re too ripe… so I guess all that’s left to do is to make some yummy banana cake with cream cheese frosting!

This recipe is everything that makes banana bread great, but in sheet cake form! Super easy to make for a crowd, and always a hit. So grab those overripe bananas and get ready to make this easy cake that you won’t be able to stop eating!

Everything You’ll Need

Cake Ingredients

  • Unsalted Butter: Adds richness, flavor, and moisture to the cake. (Plus, it gets browned to make it even more delicious!)
  • Granulated Sugar & Brown Sugar: Both work to sweeten the banana cake.
  • Eggs: Bind all the ingredients together!
  • Vanilla Extract: Enhances the overall flavor of the cake.
  • Sour Cream: Adds moisture and tanginess to the cake, and also helps to tenderize the crumb. Don’t skip it!
  • Mashed Bananas: For sweetness, moisture, and banana flavor. Ripe and overripe bananas work best here!
  • All-Purpose Flour: The main dry ingredient that provides structure to the banana cake.
  • Baking Soda: Leavening agent that helps the banana cake rise.
  • Salt: Just a little bit helps to balance all of the flavors.

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

  • Unsalted Butter & Cream Cheese: These two make the base of the frosting, adding richness, creaminess, and structure.
  • Vanilla Bean Paste: Flavors the frosting. You can also use pure vanilla extract as a substitute!
  • Milk: Thins the frosting to a spreadable consistency.
  • Powdered Sugar: Sweetens the frosting and also makes it nice and smooth.
  • Salt: Balances the sweetness of the frosting.

How to Make Banana Cake (and Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting!)

For the Cake:

  1. Preheat Oven, Prepare Pan: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a 9×13 inch metal baking pan with pan spray, a spray with flour is best.
  2. Brown the Butter: Add the butter to a small saucepan and melt over medium heat for 5-8 minutes until brown and fragrant. Remove from the heat and then let the butter cool to room temperature.
  3. Banana Mixture: Add the browned butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar to a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until combined. Mix in the eggs and vanilla, followed by the sour cream and mashed bananas. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure everything is thoroughly combined. 
  4. Combine With Dry Ingredients, Bake: Add the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and spread it evenly. Bake for 33-35 minutes, until the toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle of the cake.
  5. Cool and Frost: Let the cake cool completely before frosting.

For the Frosting:

  1. Cream Cheese Mixture: Beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth.
  2. Mix in Remaining Ingredients: Add the vanilla bean paste, milk, powdered sugar, and salt and mix until combined and smooth.
  3. Frost: Spread over the top of the cooled cake. Then top with sliced fresh bananas if desired and serve.

Tips and Tricks

  • Sour Cream Substitutes: What makes this cake so moist and tender is of course the bananas but also the sour cream. You can also use plain Greek yogurt! Both work great so just use whatever you have on hand.
  • Don’t Overmix: The best thing about this banana cake is how soft and moist it is. Avoid overmixing your batter, only mix until the ingredients are combined, or your cake will end up tough and rubbery.
  • Wait to Frost: You’ll need to wait for the cake to cool completely before adding the frosting but you’ll be so glad you did. The cream cheese frosting on top is divine! If you add it too soon it will melt into the cake.

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Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a 9×13 inch metal baking pan with pan spray, a spray with flour is best.

  • Add the butter to a small saucepan and melt over medium heat for 5-8 minutes until brown and fragrant. Remove from the heat and let the butter cool to room temperature.

  • Add the browned butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar to a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until combined. Mix in the eggs and vanilla, followed by the sour cream and mashed bananas. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure everything is thoroughly combined.

  • Add the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and spread it evenly. Bake for 33-35 minutes, until the toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle of the cake.

  • Let the cake cool completely before frosting.

Frosting

  • Beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the vanilla bean paste, milk, powdered sugar, and salt and mix until combined and smooth. Spread over the top of the cooled cake. Top with sliced fresh bananas if desired and serve.

Originally posted June 7, 2018
Updated on April 7, 2024

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 522kcalCarbohydrates: 75gProtein: 5gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 290mgPotassium: 192mgFiber: 1gSugar: 55gVitamin A: 781IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.


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