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Easy Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Easy Banana Cake

4.9 from 31 reviews

I have tried baking many banana cakes from scratch without even coming close to the deliciousness in this Easy Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

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Ingredients

Banana Cake

  • 1 box yellow cake mix (I used Betty Crocker)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of cloves
  • Water, oil and eggs (that are listed on the box)
  • 3 large over-ripe bananas mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 1 box (8 ounces) cream cheese softened
  • 6 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • Optional: 1/3 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9 x 13 pan.
  2. In large bowl whisk together dry box mix, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Add water, oil and eggs as directed on box. With mixer on medium speed or beat vigorously by hand for 2 minutes. Stir in mashed bananas.
  3. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  4. In medium bowl using mixer cream butter and cream cheese. Beat in vanilla extract. Beat in powdered sugar about 1/2 cup at a time. Spread over cooled cake. If using top with chopped pecans.
  5. Store cake in refrigerator.

Notes

  • Always preheat your oven and bake the cake in the center of the oven.
  • Grease and flour your baking dish well. I love Baker’s Joy which is a no stick baking spray with flour.
  • Use over-ripe bananas.  Brown mushy bananas make a more flavorful moist cake.
  • If you really love cinnamon go hog wild and use a whole teaspoon.
  • Experiment with different cake mixes like butter pecan and spice.
  • Do not over-bake the cake. Start testing with the toothpick at 30 minutes.
  • The frosting can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the fridge.

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