Banana Cake Recipes

A tasty banana cake is a good alternative to banana bread when you're looking for a sweet treat.

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Banana Layer Cake

Rating: 4.47 stars
This moist, delicious banana cake is topped with a rich caramel frosting.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Rating: 4.82 stars
I was inspired by a few different banana cupcake recipes before settling on this one. The cream cheese frosting is probably my favorite part; it's just wonderfully decadent on a banana cupcake. Refrigerate cupcakes after frosting. P.S. They taste much better the next day!

Banana-Oatmeal Cake (Screwed-Up Mother's Day Cake)

Rating: 3.88 stars
My mom made this cake for Mother's Day. The cake was in the oven baking. When she realized she didn't add the eggs or salt the recipe called for, she thought it would screw up the cake. But the cake came out so moist and yummy I made her write down the recipe, skipping the eggs and salt. She frosts it with vanilla frosting while the cake is still warm to give it a glazed effect. My family loves this cake.

Banana Cheesecake with Banana Cream Pie Topping

Rating: 4.93 stars
This simple recipe is a combination of banana cheesecake and banana cream pie all rolled into one dessert! It uses an Oreo®-cookie crust instead of the traditional graham cracker crust, adding a bit of a chocolate accent. Plus, it uses fat-free cream cheese, but proves to taste rich and creamy for a banana-y treat! Garnish with whipped cream and sliced bananas, if desired.

Banana Plum Bread

Rating: 4.11 stars
Plums add just the right sweetener to a classic banana bread.

Air-Fried Banana Cake

Rating: 3.6 stars
Everyone loves a good banana cake; this is a scaled down version that makes a small cake ideal for the air fryer or for a single person.

Southern Style Banana Split Cake

Rating: 4.74 stars
This great recipe belonged to my Grandma and requires no cooking.

A-Number-1 Banana Cake

Rating: 4.72 stars
This is a very versatile and fast cake recipe. Not only is it moist and delicious, the same batter can be used to make banana bread and muffins. Delicious frosted with chocolate or cream cheese frosting.

Chunky Monkey Cupcakes

Rating: 4.82 stars
Banana, walnut, and chocolate are always an amazing combination of ingredients, no matter what the delivery system, but it really doesn't get any better than in this ganache-frosted cupcake. A close second would be a chocolate-dipped frozen banana, rolled in walnuts, which is also a great treat, although much more awkward to eat in public. Feel free to omit the frosting and just enjoy these as muffins.

Hummingbird Cake

Rating: 4.62 stars
Impress your friends with this Hummingbird Cake--a recipe that has been passed down through many generations. If desired, crush additional nuts and press them into the sides of the frosting, and put sliced maraschino cherries on top of the cake to gild the lily.

Banana Bread Bars with Brown Butter Frosting

Rating: 4.86 stars
Banana bread bars with brown butter frosting.

Banana Layer Cake

Rating: 4.47 stars
This moist, delicious banana cake is topped with a rich caramel frosting.

Inspiration and Ideas

Banana Cake VI

Rating: Unrated
"I have never loved a cake so much to actually take time to review it—until now. Not only is this cake amazing, it puts all banana bread recipes to shame, too!" – Carol

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Banana Cream Cheesecake

Rating: 4.57 stars

A friend of mine couldn't make up her mind between banana cream pie and cheesecake for her birthday, so I came up with this rich and creamy concoction. The vanilla cream topping takes a little extra time to make but it really completes the dessert!