Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting—moist, spicy banana cake with tangy cream cheese frosting!

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting—moist, spicy banana cake with tangy cream cheese frosting!

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This banana cake. Oh, my goodness, this cake. It’s a little like banana bread, but not bread. More spicy, with cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and cloves.

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting—moist, spicy banana cake with tangy cream cheese frosting!

This banana cake is super moist and graced with tangy cream cheese icing. A lot of tangy cream cheese icing. You might want to cut back a little…or not. And you probably should wait until the cake cools before frosting it. I didn’t and my frosting melted a bit.

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting—moist, spicy banana cake with tangy cream cheese frosting!

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting makes a great snack cake for after school or a special occasion dessert. You could even make it in smaller loaf versions for gifts, just adjust the baking time slightly.

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Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hrs
 
Banana cake with cream cheese frosting is filled with spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom and topped with a luscious, tangy cream cheese frosting.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Yield: 12 servings
Calories: 628 kcal
Author: Lucy
Ingredients
Cake
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups mashed bananas use very ripe bananas, about 3
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
Frosting
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9 x 13-inch baking pan or dish.

  2. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and cardamom in a medium bowl, stirring with fork or whisk until well blended. Beat butter at medium speed with stand mixer about 3 minutes until creamy. Add sugars, beating for another 5 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Add mashed bananas, sour cream, and vanilla and beat on low speed just until combined.

  3. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed until just blended. Spread batter into prepared dish.

  4. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes, until top is lightly golden and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Set on rack to cool completely. Spread cream cheese frosting over cooled cake.

Frosting
  1. Beat butter and cream cheese in bowl of stand mixture at medium speed until creamy. Slowly add 4 cups powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla, beating at low speed until blended. Increase speed to medium-high and beat 1-2 minutes until light and fluffy.

Recipe Notes

Cake will keep at room temperature or in refrigerator for about 4 days.

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting—moist, spicy banana cake with tangy cream cheese frosting!

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