Simple Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is light and delicious, and full of fresh banana flavor. Perfect for a snack or dessert!

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Fall is definitely the season of baking. Just the mention of fall has me busting out the mixer!

But who wants to slave over a hot oven during a pretty fall day? I love dessert, but I also love simple, and this banana cake is exactly that. It’s light and delicious and easy to throw together. As perfect for an after school snack as it is for a dinner party!  

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It seemed like when the kids were little we always had ripe bananas lying around, so as a result I was always looking for ways to use them up. We’re big fans of banana bread and I made that often, but there were times when I wanted something slightly different.

And that’s where this cake comes in.

 

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This cake takes all the yummy banana-ness of banana bread and kicks it up a notch with the addition of cream cheese frosting.  

 

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And though I love the cream cheese frosting (I could seriously eat it with a spoon!), this simple cake is delicious all on its own. It’s also great with lightly sweetened whipped cream or caramel sauce. Truly, you can’t go wrong.

 

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And where banana bread is heavier and denser, this is more delicate. Because of that, it’s actually a much lighter dessert. And though it’s super easy to make and can be whipped up in a jiffy, it’s also got enough going on to be a fabulous dinner party dessert.

It’s also the perfect thing to bring to a pot luck or bake sale. Or you know, just treat yourself on a Monday morning. 😉

And of course, when you make a cake you get an excuse to use a pretty cake stand!

 

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Yield: 8 servings

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is light and delicious - plus it's a breeze to make!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • CAKE
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 medium very-ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
  • 5 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 oz. unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Optional: chopped pecans for topping

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan or you can use a springform pan (if you do, you don't need to flour it.)

    2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and both sugars. Mix on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.

    3. Meanwhile, sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt into a medium bowl. Set aside.

    4. Add mashed bananas to the butter mixture and mix until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating at low speed after each addition until just combined. Mix in the yogurt and vanilla.

    5. Turn the mixer to low and add the dry ingredients until just combined. Do not overmix.

    6. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes, then turn onto a wire rack and cool completely.

    7. Meanwhile, using the electric mixer on high speed, blend the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy, 4 to 5 minutes. With the mixer on low, add the confectioners' sugar and then the vanilla.

    8. Spread the frosting on top of the cake. Decorate the cake with chopped pecans, if desired.

    9. Keep any remaining cake refrigerated.

Notes

Make sure your cream cheese is fully softened before using. I like to leave it out over night - that way you get a creamy consistency with no lumps.

I reduced the amount of sugar called for in the frosting from 1 cup to 2/3 cup - feel free to use more if you prefer it sweeter.

Also, be sure to sift the powdered sugar so that there are no lumps in your frosting.

 

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Because of the addition of cinnamon and pecans, this banana cake feels slightly fall-ish to me. But honestly, this cake is good any time of year!  

And you probably have all the ingredients at home right now – so get baking!

 

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Happy Baking!

Sheila
xo

*adapted from Gourmet magazine*

 

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Be sure to check out more fall recipes from my friends below!

  1. How to Make Pretty Fall Cookies | My 100 Year Old Home
  2. Apple Cider Donut Bread Pudding | Modern Glam
  3. Pumpkin Scones with Maple Glaze | Paint Me Pink
  4. Jalapeno Popper Pumpkin-Shaped Cheese Ball | Tatertots and Jello
  5. Pumpkin Hand Pies Recipe (Mini Pastries) | Happy Happy Nester
  6. Classic French Apple Tart | Sincerely, Marie
  7. A Roundup of My Favorite Fall Treats | Pasha is Home
  8. Best Air Fryer Breakfast Pop Tarts | The Design Twins
  9. Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting | Maison de Cinq
  10. Gorgonzola & Pear Pizza | My Sweet Savannah
  11. Hearty Homemade Chicken Pot Pie | Twelve on Main
  12. Pumpkin Molasses Cookies | Finding Lovely

 

And if you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out more fall recipes and inspiration below:

How to Host a Fall Harvest Dinner Party

Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Chocolatiest Chocolate Banana Bread

How to Host an Easy Wine & Cheese Party

 

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14 Comments

  1. This looks absolutely delish! That frosting has me drooling!

    1. Aww thanks Ashley! (it’s a definite fave!)

      Happy fall to you!

      Sheila
      xo

  2. Sheila – the frosting alone on this recipe makes me want some right now!!! Can’t wait to try it!!

  3. Sheila,
    Your cake is mesmerizing! The frosting is such a fantastic idea for a banana cake. I’m sure it’s so delicious.

    1. Aww thanks Janine – so appreciate it! 🙂

      Sheila
      xo

  4. That’s the perfect fall dessert! I bet it tastes so good! I pinned it to my recipe board to share. Thanks Sheila!

    1. Thanks so much Jennifer!

      Happy fall to you!

      Sheila
      xo

  5. Okay this looks amazing! I love banana bread anything and this with the icing looks so good.

    1. You and me both! 🙂

      Happy fall my friend!

      Sheila
      xo

  6. This looks so delicious, Sheila! I love that you added pecans! Can’t wait to make it!