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Next time you find yourself with overripe bananas, try this Frosted Banana Cake for something different than banana bread!

Frosted Banana Cake on Taste and Tell

I originally posted this recipe on October 1, 2009. But I’m changing it up a little bit this time around. The original name of this recipe was Frosted Banana Bars. Well, when I remade this recipe, the one thing that kept throwing me off was the name. Bars, to me, are like brownies or blondies or even rice krispie treats. But these do not fall into any of those categories. They defnintely have more of a cake-like texture. So I couldn’t leave the name. So this has officially been changed to Frosted Banana Cake!!

This is one of those recipes where the beauty is in the simplicity. Nothing fancy here, nothing over the top. Just a great, tasty way to use up those overripe bananas. The cake is moist and sweet and full of banana flavor, and then topped with an easy cream cheese frosting. The combination of the banana cake and the simple cream cheese frosting is magic.

I’m adding this one to my arsenal of great things to do with overripe bananas!!

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Frosted Banana Cake
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Next time you find yourself with overripe bananas, try this Frosted Banana Cake for something different than banana bread!
Serves: 16-20 servings
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
Make the cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9×13 inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the sour cream and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the wet batter. Finally, mix in the mashed banana. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow the bars to cool completely before frosting.
Make the frosting:
  1. In a bowl, combine the butter and cream cheese. Beat until smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar and mix until completely smooth.
adapted from allrecipes.com
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26 Responses to Frosted Banana Cake

  1. Stacie says:

    These look delicious!!

  2. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Those bars look delicious!



  3. Kim says:

    Those look SO delicious! They can qualify for breakfast food, right ;D

  4. kristina says:

    Those look super! Heading over now for a look. And our temperature has just taken a dive as well. Was shivering at work today! K x

  5. Maria says:

    It is freezing! I am not ready for this weather. Love the bars though!

  6. eatme_delicious says:

    Mmm love the frosting on top.

  7. TheKeilShpeel says:

    ohooh.. these look so good but for some reason when I click to go onto the zupa's website is says going to this site may harm my computer like it has a virus or something.. Is there any other way I can get the recipe?

  8. claire says:

    I have seen these on another blog. I am hoping my bananas start to get really ripe bc i am a sucker for anything with frosting (esp cream cheese)!

  9. This definitely looks more like a cake! And such a yummy one!

  10. I have been searching for a way to use ripe bananas other than banana bread…found this at the right time. Frosting always makes everything taste better. I love the picture !!!!

  11. Even though this is a “simple” recipe it looks dreamy to me!

  12. Chels R. says:

    Great pic! It looks really delicious!!!! We just bought a ton of bananas from Cosco, so if they go bad, I know what I’ll be using them for 😉

  13. This looks incredible! Pinning!!

  14. That looks like one seriously tasty banana cake! Yum!

  15. This cake is the perfect use for overripe bananas!

  16. looks amazing! Sharing on my fan page on facebook

  17. Diane says:

    Has anyone made this, and do you think it would be possible to use whole wheat flour, or maybe one cup of all-purpose and one cup of whole wheat?

  18. ck says:

    I can’t have any leavening agents. can you explain how to make this without baking soda or baking powder? I was told once to substitute beaten eggs, however I am not sure of how many eggs to use for a recipe.

    • Deborah says:

      I’m afraid I don’t have a lot of experience baking without leavening agents, so I’m not sure I have a fail proof substitution for you. Sorry!

  19. Emily J. says:

    I pinned this recipe a few days ago and have been waiting for some free time so I could make it. I made time this morning, and I may or may not have just had cake for breakfast! Super easy recipe, with minimal ingredients, so I’m sold! This is delicious! I love the switch up from regular banana bread. I used 1 cup white sugar, and 1/2 cup coconut sugar (Its what I had on hand) and I added 1 tsp of vanilla to the frosting for a little extra flavor. I’m sure you could switch up wheat flour for the AP if you wanted. I will definitely be making this again!

  20. Shelby Lynn says:

    I made this tonight…the internet says 1 pd of powder sugar is 4 and 1/4 cups….it actually is enough to frost 2 cakes….though I used 1 1/2 cup bananas it’s moist and yummy

  21. Linda Ann says:

    I just made this frosted banana cake tonight. It’s fantastic. I used 4 bananas. So very moist. Baked it about ten mins longer. And I only used a cup and a 1/4 of icing sugar. Thanks for the recipe. Will definitely be making again.

  22. Catherine Bauer says:

    A whole lb of powdered sugar? For one cake?

  23. preetymohata says:

    Its looks so delicious.. I am making it this weekend.. My daughter loves banana in desserts… She ll really like it!

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