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Surprise Banana Cake


"This is an old Seattle recipe for a simple cake to turn overripe bananas into a delicious dessert."
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1 h servings 144 cals
Original recipe yields 24 servings (1 - 9x13 inch cake)


  • Calories:
  • 144 kcal
  • 7%
  • Fat:
  • 6 g
  • 9%
  • Carbs:
  • 21.2g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 2.2 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 26 mg
  • 9%
  • Sodium:
  • 108 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9 x 13 inch cake pan.
  2. Cream together the butter or margarine and the sugar.
  3. Add eggs, bananas, flour, soda, salt, nuts, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly and pour batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Cool and frost cake.

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After reading reviews that said this cake had a bread like texture I decided to add 1 teaspoon of baking powder to the recipe. The result was fabulous! Still a dense cake that you would expect ...

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I did not care for this recipe. It didn't rise at all, it was dense and heavy. It really needs an acid to react with the baking soda in this recipe to help leaven it so it is not a leaden cake! ...

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After reading reviews that said this cake had a bread like texture I decided to add 1 teaspoon of baking powder to the recipe. The result was fabulous! Still a dense cake that you would expect ...

This is very good. I was looking for a quick recipe to use up bananas and this was perfect. I baked it in a bundt pan for 40 mins and I left out the nuts. It did Not have the dense quality of ba...

This is a really tasty recipe. That said, I had to post a review because I think people ought to be aware that this is not really a cake in the traditional sense. I made it for Mother's Day, f...

Oh my goodness, this was excellent! It's the best banana cake I have ever made. Light, fluffy and full flavoured. I did change the recipe slightly. Only used 2 banana's as thats all I had, beat...

Awesome! Possibly b/c I used cake flour instead of regular flour, which I always do for cakes. My 4 bananas were very large. I omitted walnuts, as we don't like them in cakes. Quick breads, su...

This is my first time baking so I chose this simple recipe. I added 6 bananas and 1 tbsp of vanilla extract to give the strong taste. Instead of using unsalted butter and add salt later, I use...

I had overripe bananas I needed to use, and thought this cake might be a great way to. I frosted it with the brown sugar cream cheese frosting on this site (see my review), and it was very fine....

Instead of making a cake, I made this recipe into cupcakes. It made 18 cupcakes & I only baked for 20 min. instead of the suggested 30 min. I frosted them w/ chocolate frosting; they turned ou...

This is one of the best cakes I have ever made. I have baked this four times in the last two weeks. The taste is great. I know I will bake this more and more. Thanks so much.