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Banana Layer Cake

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling


6 servings

Updated: Oct. 20, 2022
“Years ago I combined two recipes to come up with this delicious iced cake,” says Jennie Krell of El Cajon, California. “It has a wonderful banana flavor.”


  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/3 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 3 drops yellow food coloring, optional


  1. In a small bowl, beat shortening and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg yolks. Beat in banana on low speed until blended. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to banana mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into batter.
  2. Coat two 6-in. round baking pans with cooking spray and dust with flour. Add batter. Bake at 375° for 23-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat shortening and butter until smooth. Add 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, salt and extract; mix well. Stir in banana. Beat in enough of the remaining confectioners' sugar to achieve desired spreading consistency. Tint with food coloring if desired.
  4. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 629 calories, 20g fat (7g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 549mg sodium, 109g carbohydrate (87g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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