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Ingredients

  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 2, Room Temperature Eggs
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • Dash Salt
  • 3-4, Very Ripe Bananas
  • 1 Packet Dream Whip
  • 1, 3 Ounce Packet Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 1 1/2 Cup Milk Milk
  • For Garnish Chocolate Bar or Chocolate Sprinkles

Banana Cake

A light and delicious cake with BIG banana flavor!

1 hour + additional hour to cool

Serves: 8-12

Easy

This Banana Cake is full of lots of banana flavor and has a delicious topping that contains a vintage ingredient!

Banana Cake Ingredients

This Banana Cake might be one of the best tasting cakes I’ve ever made. It’s just packed full of amazing banana flavor. If you or someone in your life loves bananas – you need to make this cake NOW! And, since the cake recipe is all based on a boxed cake mix, it couldn’t be easier to make. It’s also a great recipe to make with kids – especially with all the banana mashing!

The most challenging part of making this cake is making sure your bananas are at the right ripeness. If you’re using fresh (not frozen) bananas in the cake, you’ll want to make sure they are very ripe. They should be starting to brown and quite soft. (The bananas in the photo above are not quite ready to be mashed – I used these for something else I’ll tell you about in a bit!) Alternatively, you can use frozen bananas – just make sure you allow them to thaw to about room temperature before trying to mash them. Whenever we’ve got overripe bananas in our house that no one will eat, we just peel them and throw them in the freezer. Then, we can pull them out and use them for baking, homemade Dole Whip, banana ice cream or any other number of things.

This Banana Cake is really great just the way it is, but I did make once adjustment that I’d recommend you try. I took a fresh banana (one from the photo above) that’s still pretty firm and not too ripe, and sliced it in thin slices. I then put that on top of the cake before I frosted it. This added even more banana flavor (not that the cake needed it!) and a new, complimentary texture as well. You definitely can make this cake without that step, but I think it’s worth it.

The frosting is also very unique but pairs with the cake perfectly. It uses Dream Whip – which I had heard of but never used. It’s whipped topping substitute that isn’t used quite a much as it used to be so it was fun to rediscover. I wasn’t sure where I would find it but after a search, I found some at our local Wal*Mart. I also found some on Amazon but who wants to wait to make this? Those were the only two places though that I found that carried it so pick your evil corporation.

Honestly, this cake has everything: it’s easy to make, it’s delicious and it’s perfect for spring and early summer. I hope you give it a try and if you do – please let me know what you think in the comments or share a picture with me on Instagram (@bdhbakes).

Banana Cake Recipe Card

Steps:

  • Preheat Oven to 350º 
  • Mash Bananas 

    If you're using frozen bananas, make sure they have been fully thawed. If you're using fresh bananas, make sure they are very ripe. Put 2-3 bananas in a small bowl and mash well with a fork until it is mostly smooth.

    Banana Cake Bananas
    Banana Cake Mashed Bananas
  • Make the Batter 

    In a large bowl, add the cake mix, 2 room temperature eggs, water, baking soda and pinch of salt. Whisk well by hand until all ingredients are fully combined and there are no lumps.

    Banana Cake Cake Mix
    Banana Cake Adding Ingredients
    Banana Cake Whisked Together
  • Add Mashed Bananas 

    Add the mashed bananas to the large bowl with the batter and fold in until evenly distributed.

    Banana Cake Add Mashed Bananas
  • Pour Into Pan 

    Lightly spray a 13" x 9" baking pan with cooking spray and then pour the cake batter into the pan. Softly level off the top of the batter so it is flat and even.

    Banana Cake Batter in Pan
  • Bake the Cake 

    Bake the cake according to the direction on the box of cake mix, about 30 minutes. The cake is done when the sides of the cake just start to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool completely on a wire rack, at least an hour or two.

    Banana Cake Cooling Cake
  • Make the Frosting 

    Once the cake is cool, it's time to make the frosting. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the Dream Whip, instant pudding mix and milk. Mix on high for about 5 to 7 minutes.

    Banana Cake Frosting Ingredients
    Banana Cake Frosting Done
  • Top Cake 

    Use the remaining banana (it's better if this one is fresh, not frozen) and cut it into slices (about 1/4" thick) and evenly space them out on top of the cake. This step is optional, but I thought it really added a great extra flavor and texture.

    Banana Cake Add Sliced Bananas
  • Frost the Cake 

    Next, spread the frosting over the entire cake and if you've added the sliced bananas, be sure to pay attention to make sure they are all fully covered - this will prevent them from getting brown and gross.

    Banana Cake Frosted Cake
  • Finish with Chocolate 

    Decorate the top of the cake with chocolate sprinkles or shaved chocolate and enjoy! Store any uneaten cake in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

    Banana Cake Chocolate Toppings

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