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Old-Fashioned Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Old-Fashioned Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I had three very ripe bananas on the counter that desperately needed to be used up so I went in search of a recipe. Thankfully, I found this old-fashioned banana cake with cream cheese frosting in my Ina Garten cookbook ~ Barefoot Contessa – How Easy is ThatI had every ingredient needed which always makes things so much easier. The only adaptation I made to the recipe is by not adding the walnuts to the batter–my son isn’t a fan. The cake smelled heavenly while it baked and the frosting is super simple to throw together. This old-fashioned banana cake turned out very moist, flavorful, and the cream cheese frosting made it extra special. My whole family loved this cake and my kids are thrilled to have it for their school lunch treats this week.

Old-Fashioned Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

How to Make an Old-Fashioned Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 2-inch round cake pan.

Make the cake by beating together the bananas, white sugar, and brown sugar with a mixer until combined. Add the oil, eggs, sour cream, vanilla, and orange zest; beat until creamy and smooth.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; mix well.

Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and mix with a rubber spatula until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Old-Fashioned Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Place into the oven and bake for 45-to 50 minutes, or until a wooden skewer is inserted in the center and comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 15 minutes before moving it to a rack to cool completely.

Make the frosting when the cake has completely cooled by combining the cream cheese, softened butter, and vanilla extract. Beat with a mixer until creamy and smooth. Add the sifted powdered sugar and mix with a rubber spatula making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl.

Spread the frosting thickly on top of the cake and decorate the top with walnut halves. Enjoy!

Old-Fashioned Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Old-Fashioned Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Old-Fashioned Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 -10
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking / Original by Barefoot Contessa - How Easy is That?

Ingredients


  • Old-Fashioned Banana Cake:
  • 3 very ripe bananas mashed
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 extra-large eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 6 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter softened at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar sifted

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 2-inch round cake pan.
  • Make the cake
    by beating together the bananas, white sugar, and brown sugar with a mixer until combined.
  • Add the oil, eggs, sour cream, vanilla, and orange zest; beat until creamy and smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; mix well.
  • Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and mix with a rubber spatula until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Place into the oven and bake for 45-to 50 minutes, or until a wooden skewer is inserted in the center and comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 15 minutes before moving it to a rack to cool completely.
  • Make the frosting
    when the cake has completely cooled by combining the cream cheese, softened butter, and vanilla extract.
  • Beat with a mixer until creamy and smooth.
  • Add the sifted powdered sugar and mix with a rubber spatula making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl.
  • Spread the frosting thickly on top of the cake and decorate the top with walnut halves. Slice and enjoy!
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10 Comments

  1. Love baked things made with bananas! They always have wonderful flavor. This looks scrumptious — delightful recipe. Thanks!

  2. While reading this through, I noticed 2. Is blank. Is there something missed?

    1. No missing step – just a posting issue. Corrected.

  3. I love banana cake, and your cream cheese frosting looks wonderful! I leave the walnuts out of cake, too, so no one can fuss.

  4. Leave it to Ina to have the best banana cake recipe! If only we could keep bananas around long enough to let them brown…I’m going to have to hide them from Remy if I want to make this!

  5. Isn’t it nice when you find a recipe you like and you don’t need to run out and buy special ingredients. The cake looks great.

  6. that’s a tower of cake! there’s absolutely nothing i wouldn’t love about this treat. 🙂