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Banana Nut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Last updated on June 18th, 2021 at 06:14 pm

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Banana Nut Cake is a breeze to make! Sweet, nutty, slightly chewy, crunchy and topped with the most amazing cinnamon cream cheese frosting. Watch the recipe video tutorial below and see why this is the best banana cake there is!

This is a perfect and easy way to utilize those overripe bananas. Like my other popular recipes Best Chocolate Banana Bread and Chocolate Banana Muffins, this cake will be the perfect excuse to eat some bananas for breakfast!

Best Banana Nut Cake

Banana Nut Cake is one of the easiest desserts you can make with overripe bananas. This fool-proof recipe will amaze your taste buds and it will become your “go-to” easy dessert. You can serve this Banana Nut Cake sprinkled with a dash of powdered sugar or if you want to go all-in, top it with the most amazing cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

Dense, slightly chewy, with notes of banana, nutmeg and cinnamon flavor with tiny bits of nuts through all the cake. The banana flavor shines in this case, and you can use this recipe to make a Banana Nut Loaf. If you love some chocolate with your bananas, just add some chocolate chips to the batter, or even better, some peanut butter chocolate chips!

Why You’ll Love This Banana Nut Cake:

  • It is rich in banana flavor and moist, this is a show stopper dessert.
  • Easy to find ingredients and minimal prep work and dishes to clean.
  • Perfect for brunch parties and for bigger crowds.
  • Easy to transport if you have to take it to a brunch party.

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Banana Nut Cake Recipe Tips:

  • Bananas must be brown, very ripe, and easy to mush. Obviously, don’t wait for the bananas to turn completely brown, that is overdoing it.
  • Also, I like to use larger chocolate chips, as they don’t fully melt when baked and are amazing when you bite into them!
  • I like to use a mix of white and brown sugar in this recipe, it combines well with the flavors from the bananas and also it locks in moisture, which gives the cake that irresistible crumb.
  • Similarly, the chopped walnuts are optional. So, skip them if you don’t like walnuts or replace them with pecans.
  • To make the cake moister you can add 1/4 cup of canola oil, vegetable oil or even olive oil! Also, you can use melted coconut oil.
  • This Banana Nut Cake also tastes amazing with peanut butter chocolate chips or regular chocolate chips.
  • The cake is dense, so it will not rise a lot in the oven, that is ok.
  • Watch the cake closely after 40 minutes of baking, to make sure not to over bake it. Check on it every 5 minutes until done. A toothpick inserted in the center of the cake should come out clean or with a few crumbs, but not raw batter.

How Long Will Banana Nut Cake Stay Fresh?

The cake can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

Can You Freeze This Banana Nut Cake?

Yes. This cake also freezes well. Cool the cake completely and do not frost it. Fully wrap it in plastic wrap, tightly. After that wrap in aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge before topping with frosting or before slicing.

Looking for more delicious chocolaty desserts? Check these out:

Tools/Ingredients I used to make this Banana Nut Cake Recipe:

  • 9×13 Cake Pan – this is exactly the cake pan I have used and you see in the pictures. It is not sticking, and I swear by it, such good quality.

Banana Nut Cake Recipe Video:

Best Banana Nut Cake

  • Prep Time15 MIN
  • Cook Time45 MIN
  • Servings 12 slices


Banana Nut Cake:

  • 3 large ripe bananas 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour 375g
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar 200g
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 100g
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk at room temperature
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 2 8 ounces full-fat block cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 5 cups powdered sugar plus more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


Banana Nut Cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan and set aside.
  • Using a fork or a mixer mash/puree the bananas until almost lump free.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together: flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  • Using a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until smooth and creamy, for about 1 minute.
  • Add white and brown sugar and beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Using a spatula, scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl as needed.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Beat on medium-high speed until combined.
  • Add the mashed bananas and with the mixer on medium speed, beat to combine. With a spatula, scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl as needed.
  • With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients in three additions alternating with the buttermilk and mixing after each addition just until incorporated, careful not to overmix.
  • With a spatula or with the mixer on low speed, stir in the very finely chopped walnuts. You can also grind them in a food processor if you prefer a finer texture.
  • Spread batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes. Start checking on the cake after 40 minutes, as baking time may vary. A toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the cake will look golden with slightly brown edges. If the top of the cake is browning too quickly in the oven, loosely cover it with aluminum foil.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and set on a wire rack to cool completely.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • Using a high speed mixer, either handheld or stand mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter together on high speed until smooth and creamy.
  • Add 3 cups powdered sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, then switch to high speed and beat for 2 minutes.
  • Add two more cups of powdered sugar and beat to combine. Stop and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  • If you prefer the frosting thicker, add extra powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time.
  • Spread the frosting on the cooled cake. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.
  • Cover leftover cake tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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I made this for my husband's birthday yesterday. He wanted a different cake. It was a big hut! Everyone loved it. Infollowed the directions as written. I used 2 small square pans so I should've adjusted the baking time to suite 8×8 pans. If I would've thought to do that the it would've been perfect. As it it was itbwas wonderful. The cake was moist,fluffy. The taste wow! It was wonderful. The whole house smelled like the cake. Everyone was waiting to try it. Not one person had anything bad to say. I had 2 men tell me they now have a new favorite cake!

Catalina Castravet

Catalina Castravet

Hi, so happy that you loved the recipe!

Jacque Hastert

Jacque Hastert

Definitely saving this recipe for later. I am wishing I had a slice right now.



I am always in for a cake that involves banana!

Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie

Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie

Wow! What a great dessert option!

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