Celebrating 30 years with Banana Cake

My son, Danny, has never liked sweets, including cake (how did that happen?). So this past weekend, as we celebrated his 30th birthday, I made this banana cake recipe.

I make this in round cake pans, and this year I doubled the recipe and did four layers, with frosting and sliced bananas in between each layer. Then, I chopped walnuts and, using my hands, I covered the side of the cake.

The results was a huge success – a beautiful, mile-high presentation that was so yummy! 

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 12-18 servings

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour
  • 5 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. buttermilk (at room temperature)
  • 3/4 cups mashed banana (about 2 very ripe bananas, skin should be brown)
  • 10 tbsp. (1 1/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 6 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup (lightly packed) light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • For Frosting ...
  • 10 oz. cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp. heavy whipping cream (at room temperature)
  • Chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan lightly with butter or vegetable oil.
  2. Sift both flours, the baking soda and salt together into a small bowl and set aside.
  3. In a second small bowl, stir the buttermilk into the mashed banana and set aside.
  4. Cream the butter, oil, both sugars and vanilla in a medium-size mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time to the butter mixture and mix on medium speed after each addition until blended, about 10 seconds. Scrape the bowl each time.
  6. Add one-third of the dry ingredients with the mixer on low speed and mix for 8 seconds. Scrape the bowl. Add half the banana mixture, mix 10 seconds and scrape the bowl. Add the rest of the dry ingredients and the rest of the banana mixture and mix for 10 seconds. Scrape the bowl and stir the batter several times by hand to mix thoroughly.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake on the center oven rack until the top is golden, springs back to the touch and a tester inserted in the center comes out dry, 30-35 minutes. Place the cake on a rack to cool completely.
  8. Eat as is or frost with Cream Cheese frosting.
  9. For frosting, cream the cream cheese, sugar and butter in a medium-size mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Scrape the bottom and side of the bowl with a rubber spatula.


  1. Liz Nelson

    My husband made this last night and it was so delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Christie L

    Hmmm…so is this separate layers made individually or did you slice it? I’ll sure get a challenge if you sliced!

    • Christie L

      I made separate layers (thank you, Mandy!)…this recipe is darn awesome. So moist. So yum. Kids loved it, too. Thank you, MB and Mandy!

  3. Barbara levy

    Although I am not a baker , I am super excited Plank is back! I also wanted to thank Mandy for asking all to join My Fitness. It is the first time I have stuck to a program and had success. Although my weight loss stopped at 14 lbs I suddenly gained 2 lbs. I am not upset but back at a plan that works for me.

    Thank you, barb

  4. Georgia L

    Great job Mary Beth in transforming the humble banana cake into a towering birthday masterpiece!

    Walnuts haven’t seen the light of day in our house for 15 years as my son is anaphylactic to nuts and like yours, he is not partial to sweets.

    But the rest of the family may get a treat this weekend!

  5. Linda Skinner

    Looks so good Mary Beth. I’m a big fan of banana cake and/or bread. GOOD JOB !!!!

  6. Joanne Conte

    Sounds yummy! Banana cake is my favorite!

  7. Teresa Adams

    Happy belated Birthday to your handsome son Danny, the cake looks amazing!

  8. Julia Turner

    It looks awesome, but I am confused; you cooked in a 13×9 inch pan but it looks like a 4 layer cake?

  9. Patricia Kominowski

    I can’t wait to try this. This is perfect timing as a have a quite a few bananas that are a little too ripe but perfect for making this cake. I love your recipe blogs.

    I want to add that – You truly have a beautiful family and seeing how affection you and Michael are to your children is beautiful sight.

  10. Susan Nolen (suzzy1969)

    This cake recipe looks delicious Mary Beth!…my hubby has a birthday in Nov. and I think I will try and make this for him!….thanks for sharing the recipe! And happy birthday to your Danny!

  11. That looks ahhhmazing! Anything 🍌 is my favorite! (Especially a banana daiquiri! ☺️)

  12. That looks so good my mouth is watering! I’m going to try to make it this weekend… hubby will love it. Thank you so much for sharing!

  13. YUM! Think I’ll forgo the rubber spatula and just use my finger 😛
    Reminds me somewhat of the “Banana Bread” my Great Aunt Alma made – just in cake form and with walnuts instead of pecans 🙂
    HMMMM sooo wish she had been a recipe woman instead of ” a pinch of this and that” woman.

    Thx for the recipe!

  14. The cake recipe and the cake itself look wonderful. Will try it for a special occasion with friends. Unfortunately for myself there is just a bit too much sugar for me to eat it and I hate to say recipes never taste the same or as good with artificial sweetner. I love baking and cooking though so this is a must try! Thank you for frequently sharing so many great recipes in your blog. I always enjoy making many of them!
    Also a happy belated Birthday to Danny!

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