This is a no-frills cake that tastes great with morning beverages or as a snack. It's good for using up those overripe bananas that you hate to throw away.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9-inch square cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch square baking dish.

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  • Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy; beat in eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Stir bananas into butter mixture.

  • Sift flour, baking soda, and salt together in another bowl. Stir flour mixture into banana mixture until batter is evenly blended. Pour batter into prepared baking dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can sift a thin layer of confectioner's sugar over the top a minute or so after it comes out of the oven if you want it to look fancy, but the browned top has a nice rich nutty taste all by itself.

Nutrition Facts

209 calories; protein 2.7g 5% DV; carbohydrates 31.2g 10% DV; fat 8.7g 13% DV; cholesterol 51.3mg 17% DV; sodium 242.2mg 10% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2013
easy, excellent. I made a couple of changes: substituted 1/4 c greek yogurt for 1/4c of the butter, added 1/2 tsp vanilla to wet mixture, substituted 3/4 cup whole wheat flour for regular flour, put in slightly less than a cup of sugar, and added 1/4 cup oats. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/29/2013
I wasn't a big fan of this cake not because it was bad but because it's so nondescript. It's not particularly flavorful or even pretty or interesting to serve. Adding a teaspoon of vanilla and a lemon buttercream frosting did little to overcome that. Simple it is I'll give it that but unfortunately this cake is completely forgettable. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 1
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  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
04/29/2013
I wasn't a big fan of this cake not because it was bad but because it's so nondescript. It's not particularly flavorful or even pretty or interesting to serve. Adding a teaspoon of vanilla and a lemon buttercream frosting did little to overcome that. Simple it is I'll give it that but unfortunately this cake is completely forgettable. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2013
easy, excellent. I made a couple of changes: substituted 1/4 c greek yogurt for 1/4c of the butter, added 1/2 tsp vanilla to wet mixture, substituted 3/4 cup whole wheat flour for regular flour, put in slightly less than a cup of sugar, and added 1/4 cup oats. Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
05/04/2013
It's exactly what it says it is. Very good and very simple. Having said that I tweaked the heck out of it the second time I made it. After I mixed the batter I added chopped walnuts (1/2 cup or so) and a chopped FIRM banana. Then after pouring it into the pan I topped it with a standard streusel topping. Lemme tell ya... over the top! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2013
I added 1/2 tsp of cinnamon into the recipe for a little extra flavor it turned out great:) A couple years ago I had this recipe for cinnamon coffee cake that was very similar to this and I used to add bananas to it. I lost that recipe when we moved and this really reminded me of that bread recipe. Thanks for the post Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2013
This took no time at all to prepare. It was moist and delicious. I substituted the butter with coconut oil and the taste was fantastic. I also added 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder. I doubled the recipe and baked it in a 9 by 13" Pyrex glass pan and baked for @40 min. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/23/2013
This is a good banana cake but the name is deceiving. This is by no means a coffee cake. It has a great taste and texture looks just like the photo and bakes exactly 30 minutes as the recipe says. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2013
This recipe IS simple. Based on other reviews I added a tsp. of vanilla as well as 1 c. combination of fresh pineapple and walnuts to use up some odds and ends. I wish I'd had flaked coconut to add because then you'd have a tropical fruit salad cake. The timing is right the consistency is right loved it. Seems I gravitate to these smaller cakes because there are just the two of us. Thanks for posting. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2016
This is a fabulous cake to do with your children, actually my kids call it the easy pesey cake. .love it Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2013
This was fabulous! Moist and light and yummy! Read More
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