Banana Cake

banana cake

So what do you do when you find yourself with ten pounds of ripe bananas on your counter?  Make banana bread of course.

But after a couple of loaves of that and still a lot of ripe bananas I decided I needed to try a banana cake.  My friend Dawn must have been reading my mind because in the email, that day, she sent me photos of a banana cake she had just made.  Along with the photos was the recipe too.  She didn’t just stop there though, she showed up at my door with a piece of that yummy banana cake.  Love you Dawn!

Now if you know me, you know I don’t like bananas.  That is I don’t like the texture of bananas.  But when you mash them up in bread or a cake I love them!  And I loved the cake that Dawn brought over so I got to work to make my own banana cake.

The cake is a great thing to make if you have a lot of bananas.  I think I used 7 ripe bananas!

Not only are there bananas mashed up in the cake batter but each layer of the cake  is filled with bananas pudding and sliced bananas.

banana cake

Lots of banana goodness in between each layer of cake!  Dawn uses two layers of pudding and one of whip cream, each topped with bananas.  I didn’t read that part (I’m a skimmer) so I used pudding in all three layers.  You choose!
banana cake

The cake is moist and delicious with all those bananas. For the frosting all I used some sweetened whip cream.  I just slathered the cake in it – yum!!

banana cake

Dawn put nuts in her cake but I decided just to put them on top for the finishing touch.  I used toasted pecans.

banana cake

I made this the day I left for Utah.  I was sad to leave it behind.  But of course before I left I had to enjoy one piece!!
banana cake

You will want to keep this cake in the refrigerator because of the whip cream frosting.  I left a big note on the refrigerator – Eat Cake!  to remind Jim and Tessa it was in there.

Dawn says this is her most requested recipe and she gets a lot of requests for different recipes but she is a great cook so you are definitely want to give this one a try!!

So next time you find yourself with a lot of ripe bananas – think outside the box.  Try Banana Cake!

banana cake

Banana Cake


  • 4 very ripe mashed bananas
  • 1 box Duncan Hines WHITE cake mix
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Filling:
  • 1 large box of cooked banana cream pudding (not the instant)
  • Make according to directions on box and cool.
  • 3 additional bananas


  • Mix all ingredients except bananas for 2 minutes, medium speed
  • Add bananas and blend well
  • Bake in 2 or 3 greased & floured round cake pans, following baking recommendations on box
  • I think about 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool on racks
  • I make the cake the day before
  • Whip 1 carton whipping cream, (a pint, I think) sweeten very lightly with powdered sugar
  • Throw in a little vanilla for good measure
  • Filling:
  • Split the layers, putting pudding & sliced bananas into 2 layers, and the whipped cream in the others. Frost the whole cake with whip cream & sprinkle chopped walnuts on top.


  1. 1
    Jelli says:

    This looks yummy! I might try it with cream cheese frosting.

  2. 2
    Judith Poulos says:

    This looks SO GOOD!! And I have some very ripe bananas just sitting here. Looks like I will be baking today.

  3. 3
    Paula says:

    I usually make banana bread with my over-ripe bananas too. I think my family actually leaves the bananas, on purpose, because they know when I see them they get bread!
    I can’t wait to try the cake :)
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. 4
    Jennifer says:

    Yum! I just might have to try this next weekend. I love anything with bananas in it!

  5. 5
    Valerie H. says:

    Thanks Dawn and Leigh Anne. This looks so good!

  6. 6

    This looks wonderful! It is so refreshing for a fruity summer dessert. Reminds me of the tropics.

  7. 7

    What a beautiful cake! I have been looking for another great use for bananas. I better give this baby a try.

  8. 8
    Laura says:

    Yum, yum! Definitely loving this. The fact it begins with a cake mix, even better!

  9. 9
    ashley says:

    Mark my words, I WILL be making this cake!

  10. 10

    I love bananas!! I’m drooling!

  11. 11
    Avril says:

    I just adore the looks of this recipe!!!!! I will definitely be making this cake in the future! :-)
    Avril recently posted..Zucchini Spice Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting


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