Banana Cake Recipe

This banana-flavored cake is fluffy, moist, and tender. It's delicious on its own (adapted from banana bread), but I love it more than my favourite local bakery's chocolate cake. 


Banana Cake – ⅓ cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil or high quality vegetable oil* – ½ cup honey or maple syrup – 2 large egg – 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 ½ medium or 2 large bananas) – ¼ cup milk of choice or water – 1 teaspoon baking powder – ½ teaspoon baking soda – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – ½ teaspoon salt – ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon – 1 cup white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour – ¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour – Totally optional: ½ cup mix-ins like chopped walnuts or pecans, chocolate chips, raisins, chopped dried fruit, fresh banana slices… Cream Cheese Frosting – 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature – 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature – 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Make the cake: Pre-heat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9" square baker. Whisk oil and honey in a large bowl. Whisk in the mashed bananas and milk after beating the eggs.

Step 1


If the cold ingredients make the coconut oil solidify, put the bowl somewhere warm for a few minutes, like on top of the stove, or heat it for 10 to 20 seconds in the microwave.

Step 2

Whisk in baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in both flours with a large spoon until combined. Certain lumps are fine! Add any additional mix-ins now and gently fold.

Step 3

Grease your baker and pour the batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean, 30–34 minutes. Wait until the cake is completely cool on a cooling rack before frosting.

Step 4

Combine softened cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl or stand mixer bowl to make frosting. Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy with a hand mixer, stand mixer, or your own strength.

Step 5

Stir the powdered sugar and vanilla with a spoon until combined (or powdered sugar will fly everywhere), then whip the frosting until fluffy.Frost cake evenly, slice, and serve. This cake lasts 4 days in the fridge. 

Step 6

See Also

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