mom's fresh banana cake

★★★★★ 9
a recipe by
Angela Gray
Bristol, TN

My mom made this recipe 100's of times while growing up. It is so moist and good. Her secret was in the bananas. The night before she went to make this she would put 3 or more bananas in the blender and puree them. Then she would let them sit all night in the refrigerator, sometimes two nights. The banana puree would be dark and fruity-smelling. She would add that to the cake batter and her cake would be perfect and moist every time!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Letting mashed bananas sit overnight enhances the banana flavor in this easy to make cake. It has the flavor of banana bread, but a texture more like a carrot cake. We loved the cream cheese frosting on top. Tangy and sweet, it's perfect with the banana cake.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 9
serves 12 or more
prep time 10 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For mom's fresh banana cake

  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1/2 c
    butter or margarine
  • 3 lg
  • 2
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 pkg
    cream cheese, softened, 3 oz
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 c
    confectioners' sugar
  • 1 dash

How To Make mom's fresh banana cake

  • Pureed bananas in a food processor.
    Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Puree the bananas and let sit overnight. You may use them immediately but the overnight sit ripens the bananas to perfection.
  • Baking soda mixed into the bananas.
    Add baking soda to the pureed banana mixture. Set aside.
  • Creaming sugar and butter.
    Cream sugar and butter.
  • Adding eggs to the butter.
    Add eggs one at a time.
  • Slowly adding the flour.
    Add flour slowly.
  • Banana puree mixed into the batter.
    Add banana mixture to the creamed mixture. Mix just until incorporated. DO NOT OVERMIX.
  • Batter poured into a greased baking dish.
    Pour into a greased 13x9 pan.
  • Banana Cake baked until golden brown.
    Bake for 30 min or just until golden brown. Be careful not to over bake.
  • Cream cheese, milk, vanilla, and salt in a mixing bowl.
    For the cream cheese frosting, blend cream cheese, milk, vanilla, and salt. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until frosting is smooth and creamy. Check that it is of spreading consistency. If too thick add another 1 tsp of milk until it is the right consistency.
  • Banana Cake frosted and nuts sprinkled on top.
    Frost the cake. Sprinkle lightly with chopped pecans.