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the best banana cake

a recipe by
Amanda Lesko
Wyandotte, MI

My sister made this cake, gave me the recipe, and I tweaked the frosting to make it less sticky, like cream cheese frosting usually becomes. I have never had a complaint about this cake and I've made and taken it to several places/parties. It is great for birthdays, potlucks, holidays, or just to enjoy! My coworkers at both of my jobs absolutely love it!

serves 24-30
prep time 20 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For the best banana cake

  • 1 stick
    butter, softened
  • 1/2 c
    vegetable shortening (crisco)
  • 2 c
  • 3-4
    bananas (the riper the better!)
  • 3
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 3 &1/2 c
  • 1 c
  • 2 stick
    butter, softened
  • 8 oz
    cream cheese
  • 4 &1/2 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1 pkg
    whipped topping mix (one packet)
  • 1/2-3/4 c
    liquid french vanilla coffee creamer
  • 1 c
    chopped walnuts (optional)

How To Make the best banana cake

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease and flour a jelly roll or half sheet pan.
  • 2
    Cream butter, Crisco, and sugar until light in color. I use a Kitchenaid mixer. Any electric mixer will do.
  • 3
    Add eggs and mix well.
  • 4
    Add mashed ripe bananas and mix.
  • 5
    Add vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and mix.
  • 6
    Alternate additions of flour and buttermilk, ending with flour.
  • 7
    Bake at 350 Degrees for 25-30 minutes and test. Mine usually take anywhere from 30-40 minutes to make sure it's completely done. May get very brown on top!
  • 8
    FOR FROSTING: Cream butter, cream cheese, and whipped topping mix. Add about 1/4 cup of creamer and mix well. Add powdered sugar and mix very well. If too thick, continue to add creamer until light and fluffy like soft marshmallow.
  • 9
    When cake is cooked and cooled, spread frosting evenly over top. I always add either crushed walnuts or some sort of sprinkles!