Layered Banana Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting



Yesterday while I was scanning the internet for a few new recipes to try out this week, I happened to see this recipe for Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting from Krista's Kitchen.  As I had three very ripe bananas just sitting on my counter waiting to be made into something, I knew this one was just waiting for me!


If you're looking for a few more yummy recipes this week check out Krista's BLT Macaroni Salad and Banana Split Dessert (can I just say yummmmm?) But at our house, this Banana Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is about all we can handle in one night. 🙂



Banana Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe courtesy of Krista's Kitchen


  1. 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  2. 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 2 cups flour
  5. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1/2 cup buttermilk we didn't have buttermilk so I soured regular milk by mixing 1/2 cup milk with 1/2 milk vinegar
  8. 3 bananas, mashed
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  10. 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans + more for garnish optional – we didn't have them and my littlest doesn't like nuts so we skipped this one



  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Next add in eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
  3. Sift dry ingredients.
  4. Stir together bananas, buttermilk and vanilla.
  5. Add dry ingredients to batter alternately with buttermilk mixture, beating until combined.
  6. Add pecans to batter.
  7. Spray cans with cooking spray or grease and flour pans.  Pour batter into pans.
  8. Bake at 350 for 25 – 35 minutes (mine were done right at 25), or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  9. Place cakes on cooling rack for ten minutes, then pop out of pans and cool completely.  Once cooled, add cream cheese frosting.




Cream Cheese Frosting


  1. 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  2. 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  3. 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. finely chopped pecans (for garnish) optional


  1. Cream butter & cream cheese together.
  2. Add powdered sugar.
  3. Stir in vanilla.
  4. Frost cake with cream cheese frosting, then top with pecans.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve, refrigerate remaining cake.




To see this and more yummy recipes, visit Krista's Kitchen.  Looking for more yummy cake recipes?  Try out a few of my favorites:  Southern Living Apple Cake, Blueberry Cobbler Dump Cake, and Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake.

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  1. BobbiHampel says

    Banana cake with cream cheese frosting. Does it have to be unsalted? If it’s only for health reasons, the ingredients aren’t healthy but you can tell it’s delicious.

    • Bobbi – The recipe calls for unsalted, but I actually used salted. I heard once that that’s all Paula Deen uses so I figured if it’s good enough for her it’s good enough for me! 🙂

  2. Your little girl is precious and I love her apron. The cake looks yummy! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Thanks so much Mary – she’s a mess! She went to a “cooking” birthday party recently and those were their gifts (such a neat idea – thanks Jessica!) 🙂

  3. factord_agin says

    I gotta ask…what is milk vinegar? Because everything else I have in my pantry ready to go (was going to make banana bread but this sounds better!)

    • The milk vinegar is just to substitute the buttermilk –

      1/2 cup buttermilk we didn’t have buttermilk so I soured regular milk by mixing 1/2 cup milk with 1/2 milk vinegar.

      Hope that helps! I think I might try out this recipe this weekend 🙂

    • I think she means 1/2 cup milk mixed with 1/2 Tablespoon vinegar. This is a substitute for buttermilk.

  4. This recipe sounds fabulous! I cannot wait to try it out. Thanks for sharing.

    • Let me know if you try it Jo – I can’t wait til ours is eaten so that it’s not sitting there just tempting me . . .

  5. For the butter, does it need to be softened or can I plop it straight in the mixer out of the fridge?

    • I think it’ll be easier if it’s softened – plop it in the microwave on defrost for a few seconds just to soften a wee bit! 🙂

  6. Can i make cupcakes with this batter? Would time in oven be different? Thanks

  7. I have made 3 of these in 9×13 pan, without the icing. Have had rave reviews on them. Was told the icing would probably ruin it, as much I love I love cream cheese icing I think I have to agree.


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