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banana cake

★★★★★ 29
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I have LOVED this cake since I was a kid!!!! It would make appearances at Family Holiday Dinners and I could not wait to eat some!!! Years later I was tracking down the recipe and was asked "Why do you want that- it's no big deal JUST a cake mix" This cake is THE DEAL!!!!!So moist,full of banana flavor and the frosting is perfect!! When I make it my brother-in-law BEGS for cake to call his OWN!!! LOL

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This banana cake recipe is simple, but sometimes simple things are the best! Banana brings a natural sweetness and a hint of fruity flavor to this treat. Caramelizing the brown sugar for the frosting adds an extra layer of sweetness and creates almost a caramel flavor. The smooth frosting is a nice contrast to the moist, crumbly banana cake. Each bite is sweet and buttery. If you don't have ripe bananas, her tip is great and works wonderfully!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 29
serves 15
prep time 15 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For banana cake

  • CAKE
  • 3
    overripe bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 4 lg
  • 4 Tbsp
    butter, melted
  • 1 pkg
    yellow cake mix
  • 1 c
  • 4 Tbsp
  • 1/4 c
    light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 c
    powdered sugar

How To Make banana cake

  • Mixing bananas and eggs.
    Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9X13 pan or disposable pan. Beat together bananas** and eggs with a mixer on medium til bananas are mashed, about 1 min. **No overripe bananas handy? Place yellow bananas on a cookie sheet and place in the oven. Turn oven on to 350 F. When your oven "beeps" that it is preheated, take out the bananas. The skins will be a little brownish and the bananas will be warm. The heat gets all the sugars and banana flavor ready to get mashed into cake or banana bread recipes.
  • Adding melted butter.
    On low speed, pour in melted butter.
  • Adding cake mix.
    Add in cake mix.
  • Adding milk.
    Add milk and beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Adding batter to a pan.
    Pour batter into pan (disposable foil pan works great for this recipe).
  • Baking the banana cake.
    Bake for 30-40 minutes until the cake is firm in middle.
  • Banana cake cooling.
    Let cool in the pan.
  • Heating brown sugar, milk, and butter.
    Frosting: In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, milk, and butter. Cook on medium-high heat until a full boil, stirring constantly.
  • Whisking in powdered sugar.
    Remove from heat and add powdered sugar. Whisk until no trace of sugar remains.
  • Frosting poured over the cooled cake.
    Pour over cooled cake and spread. Let cool. This makes a thin layer of frosting. DOUBLE frosting recipe if you like to have more!
  • A slice of Banana Cake on a plate.
    Cut and enjoy! This stores well. The frosting does not stick to the plastic wrap.