Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Published: 12/18/2020 | Updated: 03/27/2024

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is the ultimate comfort food in dessert form! A moist banana sheet cake topped with sweet icing that makes enough to feed a crowd!

wooden cutting board with an upclose shot of a banana cake slice with cream cheese frosting

Banana cake with cream cheese frosting has become a favorite banana bread cake recipe in recent years. The moist cake is topped with a light and fluffy cream cheese frosting that is simply irresistible! This article teaches you how to make this scrumptious dessert with ingredients that can be found in your kitchen.

I haven’t really made it a secret that we adore bananas around here! Eating them plainly, in our favorite banana bread recipe banana oatmeal cookies, or in cake form, we will gladly take any version of bananas that we can get!

Every time I go to the grocery store, I get a bundle or two of bananas always with the thought in the back of my mind that there will be enough to bake with. Sometimes I even go crazy for a second and think we might get to the point that I could freeze some if they got too ripe before we could eat them.

That pretty much never happens, though! Bananas just disappear around here, and I’m pretty sure all of us are to blame for that.

But if you can manage to sneak a couple of ripe bananas or overripe bananas away and make this cake, you won’t regret it!

It’s so moist and tender and just packed with banana flavor. Honestly, it’s good enough to just eat on its own, but adding some homemade cream cheese frosting turns it into a true company-worthy dessert!

a wooden cutting board with slices of banana cake with cream cheese frosting

Tips to Making Banana Sheet Cake

  • You can add chopped walnuts to your cake batter or even sprinkle some on top of the frosting before it sets.
  • I love to eat this cake cold! You can absolutely store it covered at room temperature, but it is SO good if you keep it in the refrigerator and eat it cold!
  • When you’re making the cream cheese mixture frosting, be sure you’re cream cheese and butter are softened enough. You should be able to press your thumb into the butter and easily make an indent. If they aren’t softened, your frosting will be lumpy and no one wants a lumpy frosting!


a paddle from a stand mixer with cream cheese frosting on it

  • If your frosting is too thick, just thin it out with a little splash of milk until you get it to the spreading consistency you like.
  • The recipe for the frosting is easy to cut in half if you just want a thin layer of frosting instead of the thick layer like my pictures show.
  • If you don’t want the extra calories from the frosting, you can also dust powdered sugar over the cooled cake.


a glass 13x9 pan with a baked banana cake in it

In conclusion, banana cake frosting is a great option for dessert, brunch, or even an afternoon snack. This banana cake recipe is our favorite dessert and is easy to make and can be made up in advance so it’s perfect for last-minute guests. It’s the perfect way to get your child excited about being good while strengthening their teeth.

Furthermore, banana desserts are a great choice for your next birthday dinner party or family gathering and baking time is only 30-35 minutes.

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a wooden cutting board with slices of banana sheet cake with cream cheese frosting

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is the ultimate comfort food in dessert form! A moist banana sheet cake topped with a sweet icing that makes enough to feed a crowd!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana cake with cream cheese frosting
Servings: 15
Calories: 457kcal
Author: The Endless Appetite



  • 1/2 cup Butter softened
  • 1.5 cups Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 3 Bananas mashed

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup Butter softened
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1-3 Tbsp. Milk



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9 pan and set aside.
  • In a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until very light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract and beat well to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, a teaspoon baking soda and salt until combined. On low, stir into butter mixture just until combined and no flour streaks remain.
  • Add mashed bananas and stir on low until combined. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy and no clumps remain.
  • Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract and combine well.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of milk and mix. You can add additional milk if you need to thin it out.
  • Spread frosting on cooled banana cake.

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