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Crazy Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Icing - Happy Hooligans
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Crazy Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

One bite of this increcibly moist banana cake with cream cheese icing will have them begging for more. The way you bake and cool it is kind of crazy, but that’s the secret to this cake’s success.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Cooling time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
Servings: 20
Calories: 405kcal
Author: Happy Hooligans


For the Cake

  • 1.5 cups very ripe bananas (3 fresh bananas or 4 thawed, previously frozen bananas)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup soft butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1.5 cups buttermilk OR milk soured with one tbsp vinegar or lemon juice

For the Frosting

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temp.
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3.5 cups icing sugar also known as powdered sugar or confectioner's sugar


  • Pre-heat oven to 275 F, and grease and flour (or spray), a 9x13 cake pan.
  • Mash banana and mix with lemon juice and set aside.
  • In a med bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • If you're making your own buttermilk, combine milk and vinegar (or lemon juice) in a small bowl, and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar.
  • Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla.
  • Beat in flour mixture alternately with buttermilk.
  • Stir in bananas.
  • Pour into cake pan and bake 1 hour and 10 mins (or until knife comes out clean). *if need be, cook longer, checking every 10 minutes until cake is fully cooked.
  • Immediately place in freezer for 45 minutes. (if not completely cool upon removal from freezer, let cool further before icing).
  • Cream butter and cream cheese.
  • Beat in vanilla and icing sugar on low until combined, then high until smooth.
  • Frost cake and enjoy!


Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 290mg | Potassium: 131mg | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 585IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1.1mg