Light as Air Banana Cake

"All I can say is Yummy! This cake is sponge-like, but moist. You can put almost any frosting/filling with it- Cream cheese frosting, butter cream, chocolate frosting and it all tastes wonderful. Adults as well as kids love this one. I've had this one for years."
photo by Sharon L. photo by Sharon L.
photo by Sharon L.
Ready In:




  • Preheat oven to 350* Grease and flour two 9" layer cake pans or 10" tube pan.
  • Cream butter with sugar.
  • Add yolks and beat.
  • Add mashed bananas and pecans.
  • Sift together flour and salt.
  • Combine with creamed mixture alternately with milk.
  • Fold in beaten whites.
  • Add soda dissolved in water and then vanilla.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 min.
  • Cool and frost with Pecan Frosting or frosting of your choice.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Jennifer O.
    I’m looking for a light and fluffy banana cake recipe. Nothing heavy or dense. Is this a light, fluffy cake?
  2. Anonymous
    Can I use this recipe for a 9 x 13 pan


  1. HocoRuco
    Excellent recipe. Super easy. Very light and fluffy. I used 2 bananas to get 1 cup mashed. I also used regular all-purpose flour and left out the pecans. I made cupcakes and topped them with cream cheese frosting. Made 24 cupcakes which took 15-16 minutes at 350. These are better than the banana cupcakes at Sprinkles and on par with the ones at my favorite local cupcake store. Will definitely be making again and sharing with friends and family!! <br/>I just discovered the best thing about this recipe. It can very easily be halved or even quartered to make 12 or 6 cupcakes. Amazing!! Love it and love how easy making six cupcakes was... no tricky cutting an egg in half. Really straight-forward.
  2. Sharon L.
    Very delicious cake! Worth the extra steps. I used a 9 x 13 pan and baked for about the same amount of time as listed in recipe. I didn't add pecans though. I used a cream cheese frosting that included vanilla extract, butter, vanilla, one banana, and some fresh lemon juice and zest, and powdered sugar. It was so good and was perfect for the cake. Topped it off with some chopped walnuts. Trying to upload a picture here so I can save this to my Pinterest board (it won't let me without a picture).
  3. KD .5395
    This recipe went really well I used it to make rubarb cake instead of the banana I stewed three rubarb sticks and didn't add the pecans it is a very delicious cake and I haven't tried the banana version but I definitely think I will!
  4. Magilla71
    Best banana cake recipe I've ever tried. Great texture, not dense like lots of banana cakes. You can definitaly taste the banana. I used walnuts and subbed 1/2 c brown sugar for some of the white. Fabulous cake. I can stop looking for THE banana cake recipe now. Thank you!
  5. Charissa S.
    This came out awesome - light, moist and springy! I had been 'aging' two bananas for a long while in the fridge after a friend told me how great they work for baking. Since the bananas had a caramelized consistency, I cut the sugar a bit. I made half the recipe and it still needed the full 30 minutes @ 350. I tried a light peanut butter frosting. The cake is quite sweet so I found I tasted more sugar in the cake than the frosting, so you might want to adjust to your tastes. I also love that it does not have an overwhelming banana flavor. Glad I found this recipe for my first time baking with bananas!


  1. KD .5395
    No bananas but rubarb and no milk or nuts
  2. Mrs R
    Really good cake. I am not a big fan of pecans so I added walnuts instead. I used milk instead of the recommended buttermilk and used a different frosting (Yummy caramel frosting, #21896) Wonderful flavor to the cake, and nice soft texture. I am going to be making this again...and again!


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