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Cade and I have never really been into cake. We much prefer Cookies or Brownies, and I especially love Pie. Maybe having this baby has changed something in me but cake is back on my list for Sunday desserts. And did you know this is actually the second baby we’ve had since running this site? Yup, our second daughter was born in 2010! This banana cake with cream cheese frosting has been a work in progress but I’m thrilled to tell you that it’s wonderful and blog worthy now!

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Cade and I love to beat the heck out of a recipe until we find the perfect recipe. Kind of like our buttermilk pancakes that we seriously took forever testing recipe after recipe to find the perfect one. I know, a lot of people just want something to turn out good in their kitchen but we want the best of the best. So since our 5 year old adores banana bread we decided to play around with banana cake. She says she missed the chocolate chips, but that frosting made up for it for me.

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Here’s the issue, a lot of cakes were moist but flavorless, dry but good height, too soggy, too flat and the list goes on. We tried butter, shortening, oil, coconut oil, and combinations but finally settled on oil. I love butter, but in this case the cake ended up a little on the dry side whereas the oil kept it moist for days. We also experimented with beating the oil and sugar, adding eggs one at a time, alternating dry and wet ingredients, alternating dry ingredients and the banana and in the end we discovered that in this cake the biggest deal is actually that you want perfectly speckled, not black, not yellow, but brown freckled bananas and to fold the smashed bananas in at the end so as to keep the cake light and fluffy and packed full of banana flavor.

The cream cheese frosting is a cinch, but let me remind you, softened cream cheese is the only way to avoid those lumps. You can certainly use fat free, neufchatel, or even my personal favorite, Vermont Creamery Mascarpone (the Madagascar Vanilla is a winner!).


Why Does Cake Crumble?

Batter that is undermixed will cause cake to crumble.

Make sure your batter is thoroughly mixed, distributing the ingredients throughout the batter.

Too much sugar can also cause a cake to be crumbly.

Will Cake Harden in the Refrigerator?

Storing cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator will help keep the cake moist for longer.

Can Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting Be Frozen?

Cakes can be frozen with excellent results.

Cream cheese frosting freezes better than other frostings.

Just wrap the frosted cake well in plastic wrap or place in an airtight freezer container and freeze.

Perfect Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Perfect Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

3.74 from 15 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12 -16


  • 1 1/2 Cups Banana mashed-about 3 large bananas
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Canola Oil
  • 3/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons Buttermilk

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese softened
  • 1/4 Cup Butter softened
  • 2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a 9x13" cake pan with nonstick spray.
  • Mash the bananas until no chunks remain, do not puree.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, sour cream, buttermilk and eggs.
  • Stir in the bananas and finally the flour.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Set aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and beat again, on low until smooth.


cake can be frozen with or without the frosting for up to 3 months
Nutrition Facts
Perfect Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 577 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 298mg13%
Potassium 168mg5%
Carbohydrates 87g29%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 68g76%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 554IU11%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • I am in love with this recipe! It comes out perfect! I used my own icing recipe however but I’m sure yours is great too! I have made it twice in two weeks and a third time by next week! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    • Yay I’m glad you like it! I’m sure your icing is BOMB! 😉

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  • Made this recipe into cupcakes for my daughter’s first birthday. They were perfectly moist as promised. They were a hit! Will definitely make again. Thank you!!!

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    • So happy to hear that!

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  • Recipe?

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    • I’m so sorry. We aren’t sure what happened but it’s up now.

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  • I couldn’t find it either.

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    • Diane, sorry about the error. It’s been resolved.

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  • Where is the recipe fir the perfect Banana Cake? I couldn’t find it.

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    • Hi Dodi, there was an error but it should be showing now. Please let me know if it isn’t.

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  • Where is the recipe, it looks delish!

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    • Thank you so much! It had an error but should be live now.

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