Best Ever Banana Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

"This is one of (if not) the BEST banana cake I have ever tasted! I thought the oven temp of 275° sounded a little low, but this cake baked up (and rose) beautifully in my oven at this temp after pretty much exactly one hour. I do not know if the little "freezer trick" to this recipe is what ensured its moistness or not, but I did it, and it was exceptionally moist & delicious. Would be interesting to see if it still came out as great if this step was skipped. All I know is that I followed this recipe EXACTLY as stated (except that I had no buttermilk, so I subbed with a mix of lemon juice & milk) and I got exceptional results. So moist and yummy...a dense cake, similar in texture to a carrot cake... I personally would not call this frosted banana bread :o) Depending on the amount of frosting you like you can decide whether to half the recipe or not. I used the full recipe and had some leftover. I sprinkled on the chopped walnuts and threw this baby in the fridge and cut it the next day...TO DIE FOR! I really liked it slightly chilled, but great at room temp too! It got better each day it sat, I always make this cake at least the day before I need or want it. I was extremely pleased with this cake and will be making it over & over again!! So glad I came across this one!! (on another website). (* * Just to update the recipe, (based on some of the reviews), the baking time may vary based on individual ovens. It was RIGHT ON for my oven, but some others have stated it has taken 1 hour 10 minutes, 1 hour 20 minutes, and my sister just informed me that it took 1 hour 30 minutes in her oven!!!!!)"
Best Ever Banana Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting created by eabeler watch icons / play
Ready In:
1hr 15mins
1 9x13 pan




  • Preheat oven to 275°F (135C).
  • Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.
  • In a small bowl, mix mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in 2 tsp vanilla.
  • Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
  • Stir in banana mixture.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.
  • For the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  • Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  • Add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until frosting is smooth.
  • Spread on cooled cake.
  • Sprinkle chopped walnuts over top of the frosting, if desired.

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  1. Jaclyn K.
    AMAZING!!! This is the best banana cake I’ve ever had. Everyone I make it for RAVES about it and requests it over and over again. Search no more, you have found THE recipe. This is it folks! Thanks Rhonda!! Side Note: don’t get discouraged about the baking time. Everyone’s oven is different. Mine takes about 1hr20min to finish baking so just keep an eye on it if yours isn’t done in exactly 1 hour. I have made zero substitutions to this recipe and find that it is truly perfect and needs no alterations. Hope everyone else enjoys this as much as I do! ??
  2. Lisa D.
    Could you make this in a Bundt pan?
  3. supernanny1957
    can this be made with margarine or does it have to be butter, I am lactose Intolerent
  4. ColoradoCooking
    I made this yesterday. I have the exact recipe but says not to freeze, just cool on a wire rack, which I did. The freezer part freaks me out and I don’t have room in there anyways. LOL. Great cake and I didn’t frost it all because my Mom won’t eat cream cheese. It’s a great dessert and a treat with morning coffee. After an hour I turned the temp to 325 and baked another 10 minutes.
  5. ColoradoCooking
    Best Ever Banana Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting Created by ColoradoCooking


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