Banana Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

banana cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting

I’m the kind of person who buys twice as many bananas as I know we’ll consume, just so I can be sure to have some brown and ugly, overripe ones to bake with. Our favorite banana muffins (usually plain, without the frosting as shown in the post) are definitely the most commonly baked item here in this house. They are moist and tasty and comforting, and we simply never tire of them. They are also extremely easy to put together, a recipe that I can now put our girls in charge of making without my help.

This Banana Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting came about simply because I wanted another form of baked banana goodness to rely on, to mix it up a bit around here. I know many people already have a go-to banana cake in their recipe box. But I did not. So I took the elements I like from those banana muffins, plus my favorite banana bread from Aunt Mary Jane, and came up with an easy banana cake recipe that my family has eagerly embraced.

Since I started playing around with King Arthur’s white whole wheat flour last fall in pumpkin recipes, I’ve discovered that my family especially likes this flour incorporated with bananas. If our oldest daughter hears I’m making banana muffins, she’ll even request that I use the white whole wheat. And nobody argues with her. ;)

So I knew this cake definitely needed to be made with white whole wheat flour…

And it turned out awesome. Everyone loves it. The cake is ultra moist and dense and full of flavor. And with that cream cheese frosting smoothed over the top, warmed up perfectly by cinnamon and allspice…it’s one big pan of delicious comfort. Just one more good reason for me to keep on buying too many bananas!

Banana Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 24 servings


    for the banana cake:
  • 4 large very ripe bananas
  • 1-1/2 c. sugar
  • 3/4 c. (12 T.) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 c. white whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • for the cinnamon cream cheese frosting:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 T. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice


for the banana cake:

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9'' x 13'' pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, thoroughly mash the bananas. Add the sugar, butter, and sour cream, and stir to combine. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring to combine after each addition. Then stir in the vanilla.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and allspice.

Add half the flour mixture to the banana mixture, and stir to combine. Then add the other half of the flour mixture, stirring again. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until nicely browned and a toothpick comes out with no wet batter. The cake surface should bounce back when you press on it. Cool completely before frosting.

for the cinnamon cream cheese frosting:

With an electric mixer, combine all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Spread frosting evenly over cake. Slice to serve. Store any remaining cake in the refrigerator.


Adapted from my favorite banana bread recipe from Aunt Mary Jane and my favorite banana muffins.

banana cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting


34 Responses to “Banana Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — February 15, 2013 at 7:55 am

    I made banana bread yesterday and now I wish I had more overripe bananas. This cake looks dreamy, Brenda. I love the frosting too!

  2. #
    Maria — February 15, 2013 at 8:03 am

    I want a piece!

  3. #
    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — February 15, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Love this cake. And especially love the cinnamon cream cheese frosting! Everything’s better with cream cheese frosting :-)

  4. #
    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! — February 15, 2013 at 8:50 am

    This cake looks wonderful! The cinnamon frosting is the perfect match for the banana cake. I, too, buy extra bananas at the store just so I’ll have some to bake with!

  5. #
    Kristen — February 15, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I love banana cake and this one looks great. Love that you combined your favorite recipes to make it.

  6. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 15, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    That frosting looks so fabulous! Love this cake!

  7. #
    Shari | Tickled Red — February 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Oh yum! I’ll take a slice, make that three please :D

  8. #
    Angie — February 15, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    This looks so good! Love the cinnamon!

  9. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — February 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Oh girl, I just love a good sheet cake like this, with a big glass of milk!

  10. #
    Charlotte Moore — February 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Have you ever tried sucanat in place of the white sugar? This would make it really healthier. There is one kind you use like regular white sugar and one like brown sugar.

  11. #
    Angie @ Big Bear's Wife — February 15, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    this cake automatically reminded me of the delicious banana cakes here in the south! Looks gret!

  12. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — February 15, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I just made banana muffins the other day! Now I have to wait impatiently for the current batch of bananas to brown!

  13. #
    Ronja @ a dash of faith — February 15, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Definitely looks like a great way to use up brown bananas! I think I’ll need to go and buy some bananas…

  14. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — February 15, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Drooling over that frosting!

  15. #
    Suzan @ The Lazy Suzan — February 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    this sounds deeeeeeeeeeeelish!

  16. #
    JulieD — February 15, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    This banana cake looks fantastic, Brenda!!

  17. #
    Elissa — February 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I’m going to make this for my sisters that are coming to visit tomorrow!! Thanks!

  18. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — February 15, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    This looks so great!

  19. #
    Donna — February 15, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Oh yeah, love banana anything and top a cake with cream cheese frosting and I am one happy gal! Looks dreamy Brenda!

  20. #
    Becca from Cookie Jar Treats — February 16, 2013 at 8:13 am

    That cinnamon cream cheese frosting looks amazing! I could eat a bowl of that with a spoon :)

  21. #
    Larry Gaian (@BBQGrail) — February 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Talk about kicking up cream cheese frosting a notch or two! I love banana cake and can’t wait to give this a try.

  22. #
    Paula — February 17, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I’m the same when buying bananas, always extra for baking. Your banana cake looks scrumptious and I love your blue dishes. The cinnamon in the cream cheese frosting was a great idea.

  23. #
    joan — February 17, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    This frosting sounds and looks amazing. Thanks!

  24. #
    Amanda — February 18, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I am the same way about bananas! Love them. And this recipe… just fabulous!

  25. #
    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking — February 18, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    we almost never have enough banana laying around long enough for me to make a cake. Now I want a piece of yours. Need to buy more more more bananas.

  26. #
    Marly — February 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Oh, I love banana cake and this one looks fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing!

  27. #
    Sheila — February 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I recently discovered the same flour and love it! This cake looks so good. I have a go to banana cake with mini chocolate chips, but I don’t frost it….this frosting might just be amazing on there!

  28. #
    Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs — February 18, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Yum! We always have banana cake on Christmas Eve! Adding cinnamon puts a whole new spin on the recipe- thanks for sharing!

  29. #
    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — February 20, 2013 at 7:14 am

    This looks incredible! I love the idea to pair the moist cake with cinnamon frosting. Can’t wait to try it!

  30. #
    Bobbie — March 15, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    One of my Grandma’s favorite desserts was Banana Cake. I haven’t thought about that in ages. Thanks for bringing back a great memory!


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