Norma's Banana Cake

Alicia .


My Grammie was the best cook I have ever known (sorry mom). This cake is so super moist and sweet you almost don't need the icing!


★★★★★ 2 votes

10 Min
35 Min


  • CAKE

  • 3/4 c
    applesauce (or shortening if you prefer)
  • 1 1/2 c
    granulated white sugar
  • 4
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 3 large
    very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp
    sea salt (optional)
  • 3 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 3 c
    whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 c
    sour milk (make by mixing 3/4 cup milk with 1 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice)
  • 1/2 c
    chopped walnuts (optional)

  • 1 medium
    very ripe banana
  • 4 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    lemon juice
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 to 1 1/2 box
    powdered sugar
  • ·
    chopped walnuts, to sprinkle on top (optional)

How to Make Norma's Banana Cake


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease either 2 9-inch cake pans or 1 sheet pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream applesauce and sugar. Add eggs, bananas and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Alternating the flour mixture a little at a time and the milk a little at a time, beat into the banana mixture.

    Make sure it is mixed well and stir in walnuts.

    Pour into prepared pans and bake for 35 minutes, or until when you press with a finger it does not leave an indentation.
  5. For the icing:

    Mash the banana and beat it into the butter until it gets creamy. Add lemon juice and vanilla.

    Slowly add sugar while beating, keeping an eye on the consistency.

    It may or may not take a whole box of powdered sugar, take your best judgement on how much you will need to spread easily.

    If you accidentally add too much sugar (which I have several times) add a tiny bit of milk to help thin it back to desired consistency.

    Ice cake when completely cooled, sprinkle with nuts and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. Keep covered in the fridge.

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About Norma's Banana Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes

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