Old-Fashioned Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

My intentions are always good when it comes to using overripe bananas. Rarely do I manage to actually follow through on my romantic baking notions and I end-up discarding my bananas. This time I was on my game, and produced an absolutely delicious banana cake with a cream cheese frosting.

Old-Fashioned Banana Cake
Serves 8
Recipe from Ina Garten

3 very ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Grated zest of 1 orange
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows)
Walnut halves, optional
Preheat the oven to 35 degrees F.  Grease and flour a 9×2-inch round cake pan.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix with bananas, granulated sugar, and brown sugar on low speed until combined.  With the mixer still on low, add the oil, eggs, sour cream, vanilla, orange zest.  Mix until smooth.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.  With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.  Stir in the chopped walnuts.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, turn out onto a cooling rack, and cool completely.
Spread the frosting thickly on the top of the cake and decorate with walnut halves.
Cream Cheese Frosting

6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar (1/2 pound)
Mix the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on low speed until just combined.  Don’t whip!  Add the sugar and mix until smooth.

32 thoughts on “Old-Fashioned Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Nothing beats a good old fashioned banana cake! I usually end up putting my bananas in the freezer. I can never coordinate their ripeness and my use of them.


  2. Oh Velva! I've been wanting to make this cake for ages. I need to plan a get together so I can make it and share it with lots of other people. That way I can ensure I'll only eat one piece:) Looks awesome!


  3. I'm just passing by and thought id say hello. We will be receiving some snow this weekend in Pennsylvania, and the leaves are just about at their peek colors. I hope everyone has a very nice weekend. Richard from Amish Stories.


  4. Picture perfect! I usually make bread – but I love the touch of decadence and frosting in this. I just freeze my overripe bananas and then they are always there when inspired.


  5. I'm the same way! We always seem to have rotting bananas around and they more often than not end up in the garbage. Sigh. Next time, they're going into this cake!


  6. I can never decide how I really feel about banana-flavored things, but banana cake (topped with this gorgeous frosting) is something I can get on board with. Looks like heaven!


  7. this is what I have been missing in my life- banana cake. You know I have had frosting with a hint of banana to it but never an actual banana cake- I love this! So making it for my banana obsessed dad who is coming here in a few weeks! thanks for an awesome recipe yet again


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