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A-Number-1 Banana Cake Recipe
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A-Number-1 Banana Cake
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A-Number-1 Banana Cake

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"This is a very versatile and fast cake recipe. Not only is it moist and delicious, the same batter can be used to make banana bread and muffins. Delicious frosted with chocolate or cream cheese frosting."

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Original recipe makes 2 - 8 inch round layers Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 - 8 inch round pans. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter, white sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in the bananas. Add flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk to the creamed mixture. Stir in chopped walnuts. Pour batter into the prepared pans.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, and place on a damp tea towel to cool.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 25, 2004

Great! I used a 9x13 pan and it was done in exactly 30 minutes. Although I did use 4 bananas, they were very small. I'd recommend only 3 bananas if they are big. No need to frost--it's moist and sweet enough as it is. I love banana bread but often find it dry. This cake solves that problem!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 19, 2011

I baked this cake in a 9x13" baking dish. The flavor was ok, but not the best I've made. Same with the texture: denser than a cake, but "sponge-ier" than banana bread would be. Maybe best as muffins? I make banana bread/cake/muffins often to use up bananas at the end of the week. Probably won't make this recipe again, as I have others my family likes more.

Sep 09, 2003

Amazing!!! I used sour cream instead of the buttermilk and it was so moist and tasted wonderful. I also used a chocolate frosting on it that is almost identicle to the "creamy chocolate frosting" on this site. The cake and frosting complimented eachother perfectly. In the middle i sliced fresh banana's and also used sliced banana's to create a flower pattern on the top. Not only did it look beautiful but it tasted amazing. Next time...instead of 8 inch pans i would prefer to use 9 or 10 so that there is not so much cake between the frosting layers. This recipe was superb though. No need to search for other banana recipes. :)

Jan 25, 2004

REally nice and easy to bAkE , ALl my friends loved it but it may be a bit sweet . you can substitute the buttermilk with the equal amt of milk and a tsp of vinegar

Jul 20, 2010

While the submitter suggests this recipe can also be used to make banana bread or muffins, I found this to be not as dense or compact a crumb as banana bread. In other words, I happily found this to be a real banana cake, not banana bread posing as one. I am a huge fan of baked goods made with buttermilk - in my experience I've yet to make a recipe where the buttermilk didn't absolutely guarantee moist and delicious success. And it was the same with this recipe. Bold banana flavor, fluffy, moist, and prettily speckled with brown flecks that made this perfect to frost with a chocolate frosting. I used this recipe for 24 cupcakes and frosted them with "Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting," also from this site. It was a match made in heaven - they were one of those rare things you make that was so good, so delicious, it becomes etched in your memory. One criticism, however. It would be helpful to have given an actual measurement in cups for the bananas, rather than "four bananas," since bananas can vary greatly in size and so, then, will the yield. (I hope it's helpful that I've always found 1 banana=1/2 cup mashed bananas is a good rule of thumb)

Sep 10, 2003

Using this recipe for banana BREAD would be great - pretty perfect as is (I like that the recipe calls for butter vs. oil - bravo!) For a banana CAKE, however, I think a more tender, soft texture is in order. To accomplish this, I substituted cake flour in place of all-purpose flour. And you just gotta have vanilla extract in a cake; I added 1 teaspoon. And, dependent on the size of the bananas you've got, "4 ripe bananas" can yield anywhere from 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups of the stuff. My 4 bananas amounted to 1 1/3 cups and this quantity worked fine. I frosted the cake with a cream cheese frosting and pressed the walnuts onto the sides of the cake. It cut beautifully and my guests (and I) loved it.

Jan 18, 2007

We had a potluck for someones birthday at work and she wanted a banana cake which I have never made or never eaten?! So I had no idea what to do since I am known as the cake maker in the office. I found this recipe and it was so yummy!!! I didn't change one thing except I did put crushed walnuts on top of the icing and used 5 bananas.TIP: My Mother-In-Law told me that if you have bananas that are really really ripe and you can't make anything out of them at the time you can freeze them and use them later for bread or whatever. So last summer I had frozen some and thought I would try them in this cake. It worked perfectly a little mushy to get in the bowl and you want to watch the strings on the bananas and get them off before you smoosh them. This cake got RAVE reviews and the girl loved her birthday cake! Thanks for another great recipe!!!

Mar 19, 2003

I substituted milk choco chips for the walnuts, and baked it in a buundt pan. Just sprinkle with 10X sugar. So yummy!!


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  • Calories
  • 346 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 55.8 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 52 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 12.2 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 5.5 g
  • 11%
  • Sodium
  • 324 mg
  • 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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