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This Homemade Old Fashioned Banana Cake Recipe is the most flavorful moist cake that is topped with easy cream cheese frosting. The perfect way to use up overripe bananas!

This banana cake is a delicious twist on banana bread or Banana Muffins! Moist Banana Cake is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It’s a favorite vintage recipe that makes the perfect last minute dessert, too.

If you love easy, homemade desserts, this Banana Cake is right up there with my Oreo Dessert, Banana Bread, 7Up Bundt Cake Recipe!

banana cake topped with frosting and nuts

Old-Fashioned Banana Cake Recipe

I love a good box cake mix recipe, but this Banana Cake is made from scratch with ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry.

It’s loaded with bananas and is soft, moist, and has the perfect flavor!

Covered with my winning cream cheese frosting, it’s an easy and wonderful old fashioned cake that will have everyone asking for seconds! (my even kids did!) While I love to make this original recipe, you can always alter it to fit your liking and tastes as well.

slice of moist banana cake topped with frosting

How To Make This Easy Banana Cake Recipe

I really can’t wait to hear what you think about this vintage banana cake recipe. It’s seriously one of the best banana cake desserts, ever.

I’ve even used this for birthday cakes as well because it’s just that good! This banana bread cake recipe is loaded with flavor and will have everyone wanting more!

One thing to remember about this soft banana cake recipe is that it’s so addictive! Dare I say that this might be the best banana cake recipe, ever!

The next time that you’re craving a moist banana cake recipe, this is the one that you want!

Ingredients:

  • very ripe bananas – this give the cake a sweet taste
  • sugar – white and brown is a wonderful balance
  • vegetable oil
  • eggs
  • sour cream – to make this cake extra moist
  • vanilla
  • flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • vanilla extract

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat the oven

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Grease the cake pan

Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.

Step 3: Add the bananas

Start by adding the bananas to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mash the bananas with a fork.

Step 4: Add the sugars

Next, add in the granulated sugar, and brown sugar and mix at low speed until combined.

Step 5: Add the eggs

With the mixer still on low, add the oil, eggs, sour cream, and vanilla. Mix until smooth.

Step 6: Whisk the dry ingredients

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

Step 7: Combine

With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and mix just until combined.

Step 8: Pour the batter into the pan

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Step 9: Let cool

Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Then turn out onto a cooling rack, and cool completely.

Step 10: Add frosting

Spread the frosting thickly on the top of the cooled cake and decorate with walnut halves.

 

FAQS

What size pan to use for baking the cake?

I used a 9 inch round cake pan but an 8 inch round would work too. Either way is perfect for this cake!

Why is my banana cake too moist?

Make sure that you’re following directions or you may not have the ingredients correct. Adding too many bananas can make your cake moist, or not adding in enough flour causes issues, too.

Can you leave banana cake out overnight?

Yes, you can. Just be sure that you store it in an airtight container and keep it out of the air.

The Best Topping for a a Soft Banana Cake

The best thing about this cake is the frosting. I love a good cream cheese frosting on any cake. There’s nothing like the flavor of homemade cream cheese frosting, right?

However, you can definitely leave this cake plain if you’d like.

You could also make a streusel topping or drizzle with chocolate or caramel sauce.

How to Store a Baked Banana Cake

This baked cake will keep a day or two in an airtight container at room temperature or one week in the fridge.

If the cake is frosted, be sure to refrigerate it. Especially if you use the cream cheese frosting.

You can also wrap the unfrosted cake in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer bag if you’d like to freeze it for up to 3 months.

When you’re ready to enjoy a slice, just remove it from the freezer and place it on the counter for an hour or so.

plate of old fashioned banana cake topped with nuts

This is truly the Best Old Fashioned Banana Cake Recipe ever! It’s soft, sweet with the perfect amount of banana and it’s topped with my favorite cream cheese frosting that is to die for! Make certain to add this to the top of your list of banana recipes to try!

If you love this simple banana recipe, make certain to check out these other delicious desserts!

slice of moist banana cake topped with frosting

Old Fashioned Banana Cake

This Homemade Old Fashioned Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is the most flavorful moist cake that is topped with an easy cream cheese frosting. Banana Cake a delicious twist on banana bread – perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
4.44 from 16 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Servings: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 3 very ripe bananas mashed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.
  • Start by adding the bananas to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mash the bananas with a fork.
  • Next, add in the granulated sugar, and brown sugar and mix on low speed until combined.
  • With the mixer still on low, add the oil, eggs, sour cream, and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and mix just until combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Then turn out onto a cooling rack, and cool completely.
  • Spread the frosting thickly on the top of the cake and decorate with walnut halves.
Keyword: banana bread, banana cake, cake, dessert
Did you make this recipe?Mention @kasey_allthingsmamma or tag #allthingsmamma!
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Cream Cheese Frosting

The BEST Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe that turns out every time!
4 from 2 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 1 stick of REAL butter – slightly softened
  • 1 8 oz block of cream cheese – slightly softened
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbs vanilla extra
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions 

  • Place the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat on medium speed until fully combined and smooth, about 1 minute.
  • Reduce the speed to low, slowly add the powdered sugar mixture, and beat until fully incorporated and smooth, about 3 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the paddle and sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • Turn the mixer to medium speed and mix until fully incorporated and smooth, about 3 minutes. Use immediately.

Notes

I like to use a 1A frosting tip from Wilton and a piping bag to get the prettiest frosting on my cupcakes. But you can also use a small spatula or spoon, as well! 
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About Kasey Schwartz

Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

Comments

  1. jeanette koster says:

    Did I miss the recipe for the cream cheese frosting you raved about?

    1. jeanette koster says:

      Sorry, I didn’t scroll down far enough for the frosting. Thanks, it looks great!

    2. 5 stars
      I used half the frosting recipe for 9” round pan. It was plenty!

  2. Can you use coconut oil in place of vegetable oil? Can you use almond flour in place of all purpose flour?

  3. 5 stars
    I needed to use up bananas and came across this recipe. It’s a winner in my house! Perfection! I was running low on vanilla for the frosting and ended up using 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 rum extract. So good!

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