Perfect Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist, soft, sweet and delicious, this banana cake with cream cheese frosting is literally perfect! Not much is better than this! It’s simple ingredients and easy directions will have you making this recipe again and again.


I had a good hair day yesterday. That hasn’t happened since 2011, so I half documented it here…in the middle of church…while trying to keep my almost 2 year old quiet. We’re still working on the concept of whispering, so the people in the pews around us probably heard a little too much about cars and Jesus and snacks and cars and Jesus. Anyways, I resorted to my phone which led to iPhoto which led to 10 minutes of selfie taking…which actually means 286 photos on my phone of the exact same thing: Blake on my lap wearing orange sunglasses from hawaiian sweet rolls .

So, that was my day at church. Longest day OF MY LIFE.


I made a cake, ya’ll. And it’s a good one too! Like, someone come get this cake before I eat it all OMG this is so good kind of good.

I know banana isn’t your typical flavor for a cake, but hear me out. My daughter brought home her Kindergarten class pet, George, for the weekend, and he is a monkey. Apparently, it was his birthday on Saturday and he NEEDED a banana cake.

Because he’s a monkey. And monkeys like bananas.

Are you following?

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So, I made the blasted cake based on this recipe from my Mom and lo and behold it was amazing. Probably because it’s based off of my mom’s recipe. And because I added cream cheese frosting.

That’s probably why it’s addictive.

And, if you scroll a little further down, I MADE A VIDEO. I’d like to think this one is better than the last one, but you can be the judge of that. It’s still not where I’d like it to be in regards to quality, but it gets the job done and gives you the basics of how to make this cake. {My favorite part is the last 20 seconds or so.}


If you need a cake for your kindergartner’s class pet’s impromptu birthday party {or have tastebuds}, then this cake is for you. Sweet, perfectly moist and healthy!

Ok, fiiiiine. Just sweet and perfectly moist.



Hope you enjoy, friends! Have a wonderful Monday!

And, if you’re following the crockpot recipes, never fear! I’ve got a few more up my sleeve before March hits. Stay tuned!


Perfect Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist, soft, sweet and delicious, this banana cake with cream cheese frosting is literally perfect! Not much is better than this! It's simple ingredients and easy directions will have you making this recipe again and again.

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time:

Cook Time:

Total Time:


  • 1 1/4 cups mashed very ripe banana {about 3}
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sour milk*
  • for the frosting:
  • 10 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 lb powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray 2-8x8 round cake pans {or 1-9x13 glass dish} with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Peel and mash bananas. Set aside.
  4. Mix butter and sugar together to combine. Add in eggs and vanilla. Mix again until light and fluffy. Stir in mashed banana. Add in half the flour, leavenings and salt. Stir until just combined, then stir in half the milk. Finally stir in remaining flour and the last of the milk. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl and stir again to ensure an even batter.
  5. Pour evenly into cake pans. Bake 25 minutes or until cake springs back when touched. Or you can check it with a toothpick. Remove from oven and cool 15 minutes in the pans before trying to remove cakes. Invert cake pans onto a cooling rack and remove. {They should pop right out if you sprayed your pans well enough!} Cool completely.
  6. For frosting, stir all ingredients together until light and fluffy and smooth.
  7. Place one cake onto serving platter and fill with frosting. Top with remaining cake and frost completely. Top with sprinkles and serve.

*add 1 teaspoon white vinegar to your milk to make it sour

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  1. Oh how cute – I love that the class pet is one that doesn’t actually require much attention (you know, bathroom habits, feeding, etc.). What a convenient house guest! Happy Birthday to him! The cake looks AMAZING. I love anything banana flavored!

    In a Nutshell…

  2. Recipes from mom or grandma always seem to turn out the best! I think I’m going to go dig out all of my old stuffed animals and assign them birthdays so that I can bake each of them a delicious cake like this!

  3. I love banana anything. Thank you for a picture of the monkey….for a minute there I thought “what school has an actual monkey in the classroom?”

  4. Lovely video. My daughter wants to know what the song is that plays? Thanks!

    • It’s called Hello Sweetheart by Katie Ro.

  5. Thank you so much for posting this recipe! The bakeries in the area where I grew up used to have banana cakes. Now that I’ve moved away, my mom included, all she can talk about is how much she misses being able to buy a banana cake. So excited to try this recipe. Thanks again!

  6. YUM! I love banana cake. This is so pretty!

  7. This cake looks absolutely stunning! I love fun cake flavors like banana! I am definitely pinning for later! 🙂

  8. My husband and I had banana cake at our wedding! Thanks for the recipe – I have not been able to find one that I like yet at home (almost 7 years later).

  9. Watching the video made me realize how much I need to bake this cake! Wish I had some overripe bananas in the house…

    Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Firstly: good hair days should always be documented, and I’m sure the people around you in church have/know/love little people of their own so they can understand that two year olds don’t like to sit still.
    Secondly: my Dad is going to LOVE this cake. I cannot wait to make it for him! Bananas and cream cheese frosting and sprinkles (the man is not against sprinkles) sound perfect for a surprise Dad treat 🙂
    Thirdly: keep the videos coming! They are awesome! And you always choose such great music 🙂

  11. I made this cake this morning…and it was fabulous. The operative word being “was” because everyone scarfed it right down.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Love banana cake. I’m lovin your glass bowl for the Kitchenmaid.
    Thanks for posting. Cute video.

  13. Love bananas and cream cheese icing so this is a winner in my book! Loved watching your youtube video as well.

  14. I made this cake for my father’s birthday and everybody LOVED IT. However, I only added 1 cup of sugar to the cake recipe. Lauren, thank you for sharing this recipe. It´s so unique and delicious.
    I wanted to ask you why my cream cheese frosting was not as thick as was too liquidy.
    Sorry for my english, it is mysecond language.
    Greetings from Nicaragua! yes, you have a fan in Central America

  15. I’m glad to know I share a birthday with such a distinguished monkey! And the cake sounds marvellous!

  16. this cake is amazing made it for a friends birthday and everybody raved about it and are still talking about it.

    • Glad you all enjoyed it so much!

  17. I made this cake last night-DELICIOUS! So easy to make and so good. This is the best cake I’ve made in a long time. Thanks!

  18. Wonderful 9 X 11 took a bit more cook time 1 cup sugar It was perfect !!!!

  19. Would this work for cupcakes?

  20. What do you think about substituting buttermilk for the sour milk?

    • It should work just fine.

  21. I wanted to make this cake. Can you please give the recipe measurements in grams as the US cup measure is different to the UK cup measurement?