Delicious banana cake, we don't need to frost it! Use ripened bananas.

THEDA

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 9x13 inch pan
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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 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.

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  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the center and add shortening, eggs, vanilla and bananas. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed with electric mixer. Pour batter into prepared pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

Nutrition Facts

293 calories; protein 3.6g 7% DV; carbohydrates 48.8g 16% DV; fat 9.7g 15% DV; cholesterol 31mg 10% DV; sodium 236.8mg 10% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2003
Finally! A REAL Banana Cake recipe!! I needed a recipe that did not call for buttermilk since I do not use it in anything else. I also wanted a recipe that did not have any strange ingrediants preferably without the need for frosting AND a recipe for a 9X13 pan. I narrowed my search to this and for once my banana cake came out perfect!! This is the real thing better than store bought (the whole purpose!). Easy to prepare and only 30 mins! to bake! Most take an hour. VERY light and full of flavor. The cake is about 1 1/2" high. I even registered to allrecipes just so I can rate this recipe! Thanks CAROLINE! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/20/2012
Nope! I will note make this one again. I took a second look at all the ingredients and thought there was something missing. No milk? No buttermilk? Nothing with a liquid consistancy to it? But I trusted the reviews and thought I would give it a chance. When I added the banana's the dough looked more like cake batter so I thought I was OK. My cake looked just like the picture. I made a glaze for it which my husband had preferred I had not. My whole family thought the cake was why too dry. We all took out the gallon of milk and each had a big glass to finish off our piece. This cake is dry dry dry.. Just want to warn everyone before they make it. Read More
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59 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 35
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2003
Finally! A REAL Banana Cake recipe!! I needed a recipe that did not call for buttermilk since I do not use it in anything else. I also wanted a recipe that did not have any strange ingrediants preferably without the need for frosting AND a recipe for a 9X13 pan. I narrowed my search to this and for once my banana cake came out perfect!! This is the real thing better than store bought (the whole purpose!). Easy to prepare and only 30 mins! to bake! Most take an hour. VERY light and full of flavor. The cake is about 1 1/2" high. I even registered to allrecipes just so I can rate this recipe! Thanks CAROLINE! Read More
(44)
Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2008
WOW! This cake is delicious! I followed the recipe as is just tweaked it instead of using shortening I used butter (no shortening in stock) added 1 more banana (since I had 4 really riped ones) and added probably 1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice. Baked it at 375 for 30 minutes DELICIOUS!!!! Very moist. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2004
is cake was wonderful! I added two more bananas cutting them into large chunks and mixing them in at the end. Some cinnamon and nutmeg to the mashed bananas is nice too. It also taste great with a white chocolate or vanilla frosting. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2003
Delicious. But I had to use a square pan and not the 9x13. Using the 9x13 I got a cake that was maybe an inch high. I like them higher. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2011
I decided to make this recipe into muffins instead of cake. I made three small substitutions; I used regular AP flour instead of cake flour (I did sift it with the other dry ingredients and when I googled it I did what was suggested and subtract three tablespoons for each cup of flour which really brought the flour amount to just under two cups) I used butter instead of shortening and I cut the sugar back to a scant 3/4 cup as my bananas were REALLY ripe. The batter looked as it should for muffins it baked up nicely and it tasted as banana bread should but these did turn out dry. If I make these again I'd cut back the flour a quarter cup or so or add an additional banana. 350 for 20 minutes was just right for me. I got 12 large muffins out of one recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2008
Delicious moist cake. Made in a bundt pan and cooked for 35 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2009
This recipe was excellent. Exactly what I was looking for. My banana's weren't even ripe but it is a perfect flavor. If you are looking for banana cake and not bread this recipe is for you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2012
This was amazing!! was looking for a banana cake not using brown sugar because i ran out...and i ran into this GEM!! i will always use this!! Its moist and went too quickly in my home of picky eaters! I used extra vanilla and used margarine instead of the shorting. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/14/2010
I ended up multiplying this recipe x1.5 (changed the servings from 12 to 18) so I wouldn't have a "flat" cake like the other reviews complained about. I had to bake it about 40 minutes at the same temp. It was perfect. I got a very plump 13x9 cake. Tasted great. I also used regular all purpose flour and it turned out fine. Perfect for my work potluck. Read More
(5)
Rating: 2 stars
02/20/2012
Nope! I will note make this one again. I took a second look at all the ingredients and thought there was something missing. No milk? No buttermilk? Nothing with a liquid consistancy to it? But I trusted the reviews and thought I would give it a chance. When I added the banana's the dough looked more like cake batter so I thought I was OK. My cake looked just like the picture. I made a glaze for it which my husband had preferred I had not. My whole family thought the cake was why too dry. We all took out the gallon of milk and each had a big glass to finish off our piece. This cake is dry dry dry.. Just want to warn everyone before they make it. Read More
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