moist banana cake recipe

Easy Moist Banana Cake Recipe You’ll Love


I’ve been trying out banana cake recipes lately. I’ve finally come across the perfect one! This recipe truly makes the ultimate banana cake – trust me it’s absolutely fantastic!

Let me tell you its bursting, with banana flavor and so delightfully moist and sweet. Believe me when I say, this is hands down the delicious banana cake you’ll ever have.

Guess what? There are no walnuts in it making it a healthier option with less calories. It’s all, about that banana taste.

After tasting this cake you won’t even consider going to plain old banana bread. It’s just that incredible!

What is Banana Cake?

Banana cake is an moist dessert that features bananas as its main ingredient. It has an tender texture, like a cake but with the delightful flavor of ripe bananas. Recipes for banana cake usually involve ingredients such as flour, sugar, eggs, butter or oil and baking powder to make it light and fluffy.

This dessert is loved for its comforting taste often enjoyed plain or topped with options, like cream cheese frosting or chocolate ganache.

Why You’ll Love This Banana Cake Recipe

  • You’ll only need basic ingredients you likely have on hand.
  • It’s perfect for using up those overripe bananas.
  • The flavor falls somewhere between a fluffy cake and classic banana bread.

On the other hand, here are some yummy recipes for you to try out. From classic favorites like coconut cake and red velvet cake to fun ones like pineapple cake and oreo cake, there’s something for everyone.

How to make Moist Banana Cake Recipe?

This recipe creates a moist and flavorful cake without walnuts, focusing solely on the delicious taste of bananas. Once you try it, you’ll never want plain banana bread again.

For this recipe, you’ll need basic ingredients like ripe bananas, flour, buttermilk, and butter. First, mix the dry ingredients separately. Then, blend mashed bananas with sugars and wet ingredients. Combine everything, bake, and top with cream cheese frosting.

To ensure a softer cake, use ingredients at room temperature, add lemon juice for acidity, and avoid overmixing the batter. If you’re curious about adding chocolate or making it gluten-free, I’ve included some FAQs for you. Enjoy this delightful treat, with each serving containing 525 calories.

this image shows the image of banana cake piece served on a plate

Banana Cake Recipe

Nancy FosterNancy Foster
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 525 kcal


  • Mixing bowls (large and medium)
  • Spatula
  • Baking pan (standard loaf pan)
  • Electric mixer (stand mixer or hand mixer)


For Banana Cake

  • 3 ripe Bananas mashed with a fork
  • 3 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter melted
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

For The Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter softened
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract


Making Banana Cake

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9×13 baking dish.
  • In a big bowl, mix together all-purpose flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Set it aside for now.
    3 cups All-purpose flour, 1 and 1/2 tsp Baking Soda, 1/4 tsp Salt, 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • In another bowl, mash up some bananas and mix them with granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract until everything’s blended nicely.
    3 ripe Bananas, 1 cup Granulated Sugar, 1/2 cup Brown Sugar, 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Next, add in the melted butter and eggs, and give it all a good mix.
    1 cup Unsalted Butter, 3 large Eggs
  • Add the flour mix to the egg mix bit by bit, alternating with some buttermilk. Just make sure not to mix too much, you want it all combined but not overmixed.
  • Pour the cake batter into your greased baking dish and pop it in the oven.
    Quick tip: lower the heat to 275 degrees F as soon as you put it in. Bake it for about 60 minutes, but keep an eye on it – you don’t want to overbake!
  • Once the timer’s up, take the cake out and let it cool down completely.

Preparing the Frosting

  • Mix together some cream cheese, unsalted butter, and vanilla extract until it’s smooth. Then, add powdered sugar and mix on high for 3-4 minutes until it’s nice and fluffy.
  • Spread that delicious frosting over the cooled cake, and if you’re feeling fancy, decorate with some banana slices and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon. And there you have it – a tasty banana cake ready to enjoy!


Disclosure: That video isn’t mine – I included it to give you a visual of the whole banana cake-making process. Creating my own tutorial video is something I’d love to do down the road when I have a bigger budget.


Tips For More Soft And Moist Banana Cake 

Here are some tips for a soft, moist banana cake:

  • Make sure your ingredients like eggs and butter are at room temperature.
  • Use lemon juice in your mixture for the right acidity; milk alone won’t do. Buttermilk works too if you’re out of lemon juice.
  • Beat your butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until super fluffy, like buttercream frosting, for about 5 minutes.
  • When you add the flour mixture, mix until just combined. Overdoing it can make your cake dense and chewy.
  • Keep an eye on your cake’s cooking time. Start checking at 55 minutes, but it might need up to 20 minutes more depending on your oven. Look for a clean toothpick to know it’s done.

Tips From Some Home Bakers For Banana Cake Recipe

If you’re aiming for a light sponge cake with banana flavor, using banana flavoring like you would vanilla extract works best. However, if you prefer the richness of banana bread, using mashed bananas will make the cake denser and moister due to the added sugar and moisture from the fruit.

Use overripe bananas for the best banana cake. The browner they are, the sweeter and more flavorful your bread will be. You can store these bananas in the freezer until you’re ready to bake. It’s a time-saving tip I swear by for delicious banana bread every time!


Can I Make Banana Cake with Chocolate?

You totally can! Although I haven’t experimented with adding chocolate to this banana cake recipe myself, it sounds delicious. Consider mixing in up to 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips into the batter or swapping out the frosting for chocolate cream cheese icing. Give it a whirl and enjoy the tasty twist!

Can I Make Banana Cake Gluten Free?

Absolutely! While I haven’t personally tried making this banana cake gluten-free, many readers have shared their successful experiences. They simply swapped the regular flour for their favorite 1-to-1 gluten-free baking mix. Give it a shot and see how it turns out for you!

Can I Use A Different Pan Size?

You can definitely use a different pan size if you need to. Just remember to tweak the cooking time accordingly. While a 9×13 pan is recommended, feel free to use what you have on hand.

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