Banana Nut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Nut Cake is a breeze to make! Sweet, nutty, slightly chewy, crunchy and topped with the most amazing cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

Banana Nut Cake SliceBanana 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 thru all the cake. The banana flavor shines in this cake, 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!

Here is a step-by-step video of Banana Nut Cake Recipe:

Looking for more ways to use those overripe bananas? Check my recipe for Best Chocolate Banana Bread, that has over 50 raving reviews on Pinterest! Or check these Chocolate Banana Muffins that are the perfect excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast.

Banana Nut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Tips On How To Make This Banana Nut Cake Recipe:

  • Bananas must be brown, very ripe, and easy to mush. Obviously, don’t wait for the bananas to turn completely brown, that is over doing it.
  • I also 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.
  • The chopped walnuts are optional, you can skip them if you don’t like walnuts or replace them with pecans.
  • To make the cake more moist 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.
  • The cake can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for 4-5 days.
  • This cake also freezes well. Cool the cake completely and do not frost, 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.

Banana Nut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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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 stick, and I swear by it, such good quality.
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Banana Nut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Best Banana Nut Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Banana Nut Cake is a breeze to make! Sweet, nutty, slightly chewy, crunchy and topped with the most amazing cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 slices
Author: Catalina Castravet
Ingredients
Banana Nut Cake:
  • 3 large ripe bananas 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas
  • 3 cups 375g all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 220g unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup 200g white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup 100g packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups 360ml buttermilk at room temperature
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 2 8 ounces 224g full-fat block cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup 220g unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 5 cups 360g powdered sugar, plus more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
Banana Nut Cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan and set aside.
  2. Using a fork or a mixer mash/puree the bananas until almost lump free.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together: flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  4. Using a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until smooth and creamy, for about 1 minute.
  5. 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.
  6. Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Beat on medium-high speed until combined.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Spread batter into the prepared pan.
  11. 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.
  12. Remove the cake from the oven and set on a wire rack to cool completely.
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:
  1. Using a high speed mixer, either handheld or stand mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter together on high speed until smooth and creamy.
  2. 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.
  3. Add two more cups of powdered sugar and beat to combine. Stop and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  4. If you prefer the frosting thicker, add extra powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time.
  5. Spread the frosting on the cooled cake. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.
  6. Cover leftover cake tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Banana Nut Cake Recipe

Banana Nut Cake is a breeze to make! Sweet, nutty, slightly chewy, crunchy and topped with the most amazing cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
Banana Nut Cake is a breeze to make! Sweet, nutty, slightly chewy, crunchy and topped with the most amazing cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
Banana Nut Cake is a breeze to make! Sweet, nutty, slightly chewy, crunchy and topped with the most amazing cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

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