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Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Have some overripe bananas lying around? Instead of making banana bread, try this Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Sugared Walnuts. It’s sweet, moist, and studded with mini-chocolate chips. Topping it off is a thick and creamy frosting and some sugared walnuts. It’s sure to be a family favorite. This recipe was previously posted on my old blog, Fort Mill SC Living. I don’t update it very often anymore so I’ve decided to gradually start reposting my favorite recipes here. It’s too confusing to have them in 2 places! And this recipe is one of my favorites. Be sure to use really ripe bananas. You know the ones that have more black than yellow. We have a lot of those around our house and since they’re not very pleasant to eat plain when they’re that ripe, I do tons of baking with bananas. I’ve made Banana Pudding Bars, Banana Pudding Cupcakes, Bananas Foster Cake, and Banana Bread with Chocolate Glaze. Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting slice with cake stand in background.

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and chocolate chips.

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup mini-chocolate chips

Cream Cheese Frosting and Sugared Walnuts

  • 8- ounce package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 2 pieces of parchment paper in a 13X9-inch pan perpendicular to each other and spray with cooking spray. Make sure parchment paper extends over edges of pan so you can use the parchment paper to lift the cake out of the pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugars at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time. Turn mixer off and scrape sides of bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • With mixer on low-speed, add sour cream and vanilla. Add banana and once incorporated, remove bowl from mixer and hand stir in flour and chocolate chips.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for approximately 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. Transfer pan to wire rack to cool.
  • For frosting, using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment beat butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar and then vanilla extract.
  • To make walnuts, place walnuts and sugar in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly. After a few minutes, the sugar will begin to liquefy and coat the walnuts. Be careful not to let the mixture burn at this point. Keep stirring until the walnuts are well coated. Remove from heat and spread on a piece of parchment paper to cool.
  • Remove cake from pan by lifting the edges of the parchment paper. Spread cake with frosting and top with sugared walnuts.
Course: Dessert

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Recipe Source: adapted from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

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11 thoughts on “Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    I love a simple banana cake with cream cheese frosting. Thanks for reminding me that I need to make this the next time I have ripe bananas!

  2. This cake looks incredible, Christin! I love banana cake, and yours looks just perfect with that luscious cream cheese frosting.

  3. Amy @ Elephant Eats

    It’s always nice to have a stockpile of recipes that use overripe bananas. There’s only so much banana bread a person can eat 😉 These sound so yummy! Love the cream cheese frosting with it!!

  4. This is such a pretty banana cake Christin 🙂 I am always looking for new ways to use up my over-rip bananas. It looks so moist and that cream cheese frosting and toasted walnuts sound glorious together!

  5. Jamie@Milk 'n' Cookies

    Oh yum! This cake looks scrumptious, especially with the sugared walnuts topping it all off. I’m always a fan of banana desserts. Can’t wait to read your recipe for Bananas Foster cake. Bananas foster has always been one of my favorite desserts, so I’m sure I would love it as a cake.

  6. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    What a stunning looking cake Christin! I would love some coffee with this. YUM! 🙂

  7. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    This looks way better than plain banana bread, yum! That cream cheese frosting sounds awesome 🙂

  8. Vicky and Ruth

    Such a great recipe to repost, no wonder it is one of your favorites. This cake looks fabulous, love a new use of over ripe bananas

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