Best Banana Cake

This is truly the Best Banana Cake Recipe ever! It’s soft, sweet with the perfect amount of banana and it’s topped with creamy frosting!

I have been holding out on you.

You see, this cake. Oh this cake. It’s been on my list to share for some time now, but I always seem to get side-tracked!


So today I end the hold-out and talk cake…specifically this EPICALLY DELICIOUS BANANA CAKE.

Dudes, it’s so great I can’t even tell you. Like so great you should probably go ahead and make it now. Plus, bananas + cream cheese = breakfast material folks. Sprinkle a few chia seeds on top and you’re basically drinking a smoothie.

PERFECT BANANA CAKE! OMG this is the BEST recipe!

Also, you may think that you don’t need a WHOLE cake sitting on your counter on a random weekday. I’m here to debunk that negativity.

You do need cake. Cake needs you. It’s a relationship that’s bound to happen, so don’t fight it.

You can diet when the cake is gone. Trust me, that’s my life’s motto.

PERFECT BANANA CAKE! OMG this is the BEST recipe!

This post is going to be a little picture heavy, because that cake was so dang photogenic!

PLUS I made a short little video if you like that sort of thing!

But first, let’s talk about how to do it…


You’re going to start with mashed bananas. Obvi.

The cake batter is really easy. You can bake it in 3, 8- inch round pans or 2, 9- inch round pans! I like 3 layers…because more frosting.


The cakes bake up like the champs they are.


When they are cooled you can get busy dressing them up with some ridiculous frosting.

Perfect cream cheese frosting!

I feel like cream cheese frosting is the right choice here, but if you aren’t a fan of cream cheese use my Vanilla Buttercream frosting instead!

Perfect cream cheese frosting!

Top each layer with a healthy dose of frosting and assemble the cake!

Frosting the BEST Banana Cake!

You will have the perfect amount of frosting. Trust me. No leftovers here.

Perfect cream cheese frosting!

Then if you’re feeling crazy, toast some coconut. This is a totally optional step, but I am telling you it’s one of my favorite parts of this cake!

Toasted Coconut

I just press it on the bottom of the cake, so it looks pretty. You could put as much or as little as you would like!

This is THE Best Banana Cake recipe! It's so soft, easy to make and perfectly sweet! Top it with cream cream cheese frosting! I LOVE it! You can leave off the toasted coconut on the outside too!

Then really, get down to it and slice that beauty.

This is THE Best Banana Cake recipe! It's so soft, easy to make and perfectly sweet! Top it with cream cream cheese frosting! I LOVE it!

I seriously can’t even take how perfect this cake is.

This is THE Best Banana Cake recipe! It's so soft, easy to make and perfectly sweet! Top it with cream cream cheese frosting! I LOVE it!

And dig in! You guys are going to love this so much!


Best Banana Cake

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Yield: serves 10



  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temp
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 ripe medium bananas mashed, approximately 1 1/2 cups


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature (I used Challenge Cream Cheese)
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • optional – 3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F
  2. Coat 3, 8-inch round cake pans or 2 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick spray. Cut parchment paper into rounds to fit into the bottoms of the pans. Place the parchment into each pan and coat again with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl combine the milk and lemon juice. Stir and set aside.
  4. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the butter and both sugars on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  5. Add in the eggs, vanilla, salt and baking soda and mix until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  6. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour and milk in alternating additions, beginning and ending with flour, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  7. Finally mix in the bananas until just incorporated.
  8. Divide the batter evenly among the pans and bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, rotating the pans in the oven half-way through baking.
  9. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 15-20 minutes and then remove from the pans and place on a wire rack to cool completely.


  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter and cream cheese together for 2 minutes until creamy. Turn mixer to low and add in the powdered sugar.
  2. Finally add in the vanilla and 1 tablespoon of milk.
  3. Turn the mixer up to medium and mix until creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  4. If desired add in the remaining tablespoon of milk and mix until combined.
  5. Frost cake.
  6. If desired place the coconut in a nonstick skillet. Heat over medium-low, stirring frequently. The coconut will begin to turn golden brown. Watch closely, as the coconut will burn quickly.
  7. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the coconut to cool completely.
  8. Garnish cake with the toasted coconut.


68 Responses

  1. Trisha

    Oh, Shelly! Growing up my Mama would always make me a banana cake for my birthday. My siblings would have the tradition vanilla or chocolate cake, but mama never needed to ask what kinda cake I wanted, she knew. This brings back so many memories of being a kid, can’t wait to make. Thank you for sharing!! : )

  2. Ashley

    I know it sounds strange, but my all time FAVORITE banana cake has a tangy lemon butercream! I bet it would be AMAZING wit this cake!

  3. Joan

    I made this last night and it is absolutely delicious! I used your buttercream recipe to frost it, which is also very good. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  4. Glynnda

    I made this cake the other night although I added a cup of chopped pecans to the batter and then put toasted coconut and pecans on top and the sides of the cake”. My grown daughter, grandkids and husband and I absolutely love it!!! It’s tastes really terrific after refrigerating it. It truly is the best Banana cake ever. Thanks for the recipe..

  5. Chris

    I made this yesterday and it was absolutely delicious. I can’t tell you how many compliments I got. It’s nice to have a quirky cake recipe like this (you can only do chocolate so many times) and the banana and cream cheese go together perfectly. Normally I’m averse to fruit in my desserts, and well banana cake seems a little old fashioned. So glad I took a chance! I’m saving this recipe in my arsenal for a potluck when I really want to blow away the competition. You’re a genius Shelly.

  6. Gina

    Can whole wheat flour be used in this recipe. Mom has to keep away from white and I don’t know if whole wheat would make it too dense.

    1. Shelly

      I wouldn’t sub it out for whole wheat entirely… the taste and texture would be changed. I might sub half wheat flour. King Arthur Flour makes a white whole wheat flour that works great too!

  7. joan

    Made this cake today for my birthday, and did not look like the picture. Followed the directions exactly. What went wrong?

  8. My favorite part of this is where it says it serves 10… Maybe take away that zero and it would be about right. It looks amazing, I will have to try it.

  9. Pat

    This is the BEST banana cake I have ever made. So moist. I made if for my dad for Father’s Day and it was a HUGH hit. I wish I could post a pic.. I topped mine with whole pecans.

  10. Valerie

    I would love to bake this for an upcoming birthday party. My son has an egg allergy. What would you suggest I use as an egg substitute for this recipe?

  11. Straker

    I made this cake tonight and was disappointed that it tasted like a fluffy banana bread rather than a cake. With the title and description suggesting it was the best banana cake ever, I am dumbfounded why this doesn’t taste at all like cake.
    Five star banana bread recipe. Two star cake recipe.

  12. Ania

    I just made it, it came out great. The only modification, but a big one – I used 3 cups of sugar for frosting and it’s super sweet already, can’t imagine how it would taste with 6 cups. Thanks for a great recipe!

  13. I made this cake yesterday as practice and used foil pans. Big mistake! Not sure if I mash my bananas too much but the entire center did not cook and stuck. Still tasted delicious! Working on it again today used real pans with parchment paper and greased and floured the pans. I added a mashed banana to the icing a little runny and not stiff, thinking I need to add more powdered sugar maybe ?

  14. Maya

    Really is the best banana cake. Easy recipe to follow, made this for my toddler with only 1 cup of brown granulated sugar. Tasted excellent ??

      1. Jean

        I made this for Thanksgiving. My cake was the topic as soon as it was served, people said it was the best banana cake they had ever tasted. I felt bad for my other friends who brought a desert that no one mentioned.
        Awesome! Awesome! And it was pretty easy to make. Thanks so much

  15. Pingback : Better for You Banana Cake - Dreaming Dessert

  16. Beth

    I made this cake over the weekend for my mom’s birthday, and everyone loved it. Everyone. And that is rare for my family to all agree on one dessert!
    Thank you!
    (I used store bought whipped icing because half of my family does not like cream cheese frosting….)

  17. Ellen

    I made this cake and it was a big hit! And I will make it again. I forgot believers I used buttermilk instead of milk. A winner!

  18. AH

    i really want to try this out. im just double checking this recipe does not require baking powder?? no baking powder? and the flour is it all purpose or self raising? cant wait to try it out. hope to hear from you soon.

  19. Pingback : Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting and Chocolate Ganache

  20. Pingback : "Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream and Toasted Coconut" - Chowdown Lowdown

Leave a Reply