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My Aunts Banana Cake Recipe

my aunt's banana cake

When I was a little girl my Aunt used to make a banana cake every now and then. I still crave it so I asked her to share her recipe. She had to go by memory so I made a few changes but this is basically it.

my aunt's banana cake

For the frosting, I used cream cheese however you can also use buttercream if you don’t have cream cheese on-hand.

my aunt's banana cake

Like many of my recipes, this is simple to put together!

my aunt's banana cake

For the top of the cake I added chopped walnuts. You can also try coconut or shaved chocolate!

My Aunt's banana cake recipe

my aunt's banana cake


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup smashed banana ( I used one medium banana)
  • 1 cup regular or buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup or one cube of butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • Chopped walnuts for topping
  • Frosting: Beat one cup cream cheese, 1/2 cup butter (one stick), 1 tsp vanilla, about 3 cups sifted powdered sugar. Sifting will help remove the lumps.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8X8 inch cake pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium size bowl, add flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat butter, sugars, and maple syrup for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add smashed banana, buttermilk, maple syrup, and egg. Stir until smooth and combined.
  5. Add dry ingredients. Stir until smooth.
  6. Pour cake batter into the prepared baking pan.
  7. Bake for about 45-50 or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 20-30 minutes prior to removing.
  9. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.
  10. While cake cools, make frosting.
  11. In a medium size bowl, beat cream cheese and butter. Add vanilla. Beat until mixed in. Gradually add powdered sugar and whip until desired consistency. If you'd like a thinner frosting, add 2 tsp milk.
  12. Frost cake and sprinkle with desired toppings: walnuts, coconut, or chocolate shavings.

- Leslie

- Leslie

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