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Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

As a mother of three sons, sweets are a staple in my kitchen! I buy ripe fruit on sale and freeze it to make this cake. My banana cake with cream cheese frosting is a favorite among loved ones at my family picnics and dinners. —Bonnie Krause, Irvona, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    18 servings


  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, separated, room temperature
  • 2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 medium)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • Sliced banana, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add bananas and milk; mix just until combined. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture just until blended.
  • In another bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold into batter. Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and salt; beat until smooth. Spread over cake. Store in the refrigerator. If desired, serve with sliced bananas.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 416 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 269mg sodium, 66g carbohydrate (47g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • Linda
    Feb 1, 2021

    I made this cake even after reading the review with one star that said the cake had too much butter in it. I realized that whoever made this thought "shortening" meant butter.The recipe does not call for butter in the cake. If they would have used Crisco, the cake is perfect. I even added some nuts. Doesn't even need icing! Will make again!

  • JGa2595176
    Sep 28, 2020

    I was worried how this would turn out after reading reviews, but we gave it a whirl. So glad we did! We all loved this recipe. We found it a delicious cake, not a brownie consistency. Frosting wasn't overly rich and complimented the cake. Lovely fresh banana taste came through. Had no issue with cake baking through (one reviewer mentioned middle was raw, maybe issue with their oven?) Would make again without hesitation.

  • Jane
    Aug 11, 2020

    I loved this! It's like a banana brownie! Not like a cake. I have made this several times for potlucks, everyone wants the recipe.

  • Grace
    Jun 16, 2020

    I had to create an account to write this review so I could save someone else the 3 hours to make and frost this awful cake. I had kept the recipe for quite a while and finally had the time and bananas to make it. First of all, it’s a LOT of butter in the cake and frosting. It makes the cake very very heavy in every sense of the word. I baked it for longer than suggested and got a toothpick to come out clean, but after cooling and frosting it, the center was just raw batter. Also, I halved the amount of sugar for the frosting and it still was enough to give a small village cavities. If this recipe didn’t take so long to make, I would just keep moving, but it really was a huge disappointment and waste of quite a lot of ingredients for an inedible mess.

  • Stacy
    Jun 10, 2020

    I made this cake yesterday. It is already gone! This is a tasty cake! This is one of those recipes I will keep forever! I was wondering that the cake didn’t have the same spices or any spices, like banana bread? It doesn’t need it! With each individual piece I sliced bananas on top. It was the perfect finish. Also mine did take longer to cook. But turned out amazing!

  • Pamela
    Jun 9, 2020

    Excellent cake, will definitely make again!

  • lois
    May 13, 2020

    excellent perfect recipe for old bananas, easy too !

  • Richard
    May 11, 2020

    Happy to say that this turned out wonderfully. I used a bit less sugar in the cake and frosting and a bit more butter in the frosting as I like a bit more butter flavor, but otherwise, this was a winner! The combo of the baking powder, soda, and whipped egg whites lighten up the heavier bananas and give the cake a nice crumb and texture. Easy to make, too!

  • ninny54
    May 9, 2020

    No comment left

  • Becky
    May 1, 2020

    I bake...a lot and for many years. I seldom have failures but this was an absolute travesty. Followed the directions to a T but even after an hour of baking the center is fallen mush. I don’t think if I cooked it another 30 minutes it would be the right consistency. I hate wasting food and this was an absolute waste!