Best Banana Cake

The best banana cake you will ever eat topped with a hot fudge frosting!

The most unused and under appreciated appliance in our house
is a large juicer!
Poor thing is so lonely,
because no one wants to play with it.
Last year about this time we (really my husband)
decided that we should incorporate some juice to our diet.
He read about these juice fasts and thought we should try one.
You know the time of year…
it’s when you decide it is time to get healthy
because summer is coming all too quickly.
(something about wearing bathing suits gets you motivated quicker)

The best banana cake you will ever eat topped with a hot fudge frosting!

We only used it once or twice.
Let me rephrase that…
I only took a sip of one of those.
Want to know why?
Delicious fruits and vegetables become totally destroyed
when their juice is stripped from them.
It was hard to even swallow:-)
In my husband’s words…
“A cucumber tastes like monkey sweat and
a carrot tastes like old dish water.
It is just plain horrible.”

So our juice has been sitting collecting dust under the cabinet.
But we still hold on to the fact that one day we will
take up juicing and it might be magically delicious!
Until then I prefer to eat my fruits in cakes like this!!!
The best banana cake you will ever eat topped with a hot fudge frosting!
I had bunches of brown bananas to use up like yesterday.
So I instagramed a picture of them and facebooked everyone
asking what I could make with all the bananas rotting on my counter.
You guys are awesome!
I had so many comments about what to make.
But then a good friend from college called me with this recipe…
and I knew this was the one I wanted to try.
It is truly the Best Banana Cake I have ever eaten.
And it was just begging for some sort of chocolate frosting,
and since there was hot fudge in the fridge
I decided to use that some how!
This cake was so good that we devoured it in a day…
and then 3 days later, I made it again for our lifegroup!
Yup, it is that good!
I would make it right now
if I had more brown bananas.
The best banana cake you will ever eat topped with a hot fudge frosting!
So, I am curious…
do you have any unused appliances collecting dust in your house?
Or are we the only ones?
Best Banana Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 24 squares

Best Banana Cake

This homemade banana cake with hot fudge frosting is the best I have ever had.


For the Cake
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups flour
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (3)
For the Butter Cream
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons hot fudge sundae topping, warmed
4 cups powdered sugar
1-2 Tablespoons milk


    For the Cake
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, salt, and vanilla and beat until creamy. Stir in the bananas.
  2. Sift the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda together and add to the banana mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
  3. Place cake mixture into a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Frost with Hot Fudge Butter Cream.
  4. For the Butter Cream
  5. Cream the butter, vanilla, dash of salt, and warm hot fudge until creamy. Slowly add the powdered sugar until it is all incorporated. Add the milk to thin it out slightly. Store in a covered container.
 The best banana cake you will ever eat topped with a hot fudge frosting!
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  1. says

    First, yummo cake!

    Second, want a list of appliances I have that never get used? Rice Cooker, Deep Fryer, bread machine, waffle maker, rotisserie, juicer…and probably more. Those are the ones off the top of my head. I actually have a cabinet for never used small appliances…I really should get rid of them and use that cabinet for other things…anyone want some of these small appliances????

    • Melissa Soden says

      I make bread by hand. I love my rice cooker and I use my deep fryer a lot. I use my juicer once in awhile. I will make this cake soon.

    • jaja says

      yummy… so sorry to ask this but im not familiar with “hot fudge sundae” i saw fudge sundae in groceries but located in the freezer are they the same..? there are so many ingredients i read in the internet i am not familiar with and cant find in the market and in the groceries here in the philippines.. OHHH those small appliances from other readers so interesting but then i am so far from you..

    • says

      The bread machine is the greatest thing I have ever used, I can not knead bread anymore because my hands are weak from a surgery that left me a quad. I am doing things again but my hands are still to weak. so I use the bread machine to do the kneading for me. I make all kinds of breads to give away and eat of course ! Makes great pizza dough too, I would take all those small appliances, they all have a wonderful job to do. Thanks for listening…

  2. says

    I sold my juicer a few months ago bc it too was very lonely and it needed a good home! I did juice very often with my last pregnancy but after I stopped breastfeeding I stopped juicing. Love your recipe for banana cake! Just made chocolate spiced banana muffins last night for breakfast this morning :) I would love for you to stop by my cooking blog sometime! Have a wonderful weekend :)

  3. says

    That cake looks so good. I want a slice! I use most of my appliances, but probably the rice maker or the babycakes cake pop maker collect the most dust. I would love Aimee’s deep fryer. Oh the stuff I could do with that! (Like gain 100 pounds…)

  4. says

    My Nannie used to make a banana cake just like that!!! Yum! I’ve never understood the whole juicer thing. I love fruit smoothies, but vegetable juices just don’t sound good!!! My mom gave me a sandwich maker for grilled cheeses and I don’t think I’ve ever used it! How hard is it to just make one on the stove?! Ha! Hope y’all have a great weekend!!!

  5. says

    Hot fudge frosting = genius! I have a quesadilla maker…why I ever got that thing I’m not sure – anyone can make a quesadilla on the stove.

    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos

  6. says

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  7. The Life of Susan says

    ooohhh this looks so good and i have a bunch of brown bananas just begging me to do something with them! do you think i could use regular chocolate syrup? like hershey’s?

    the only appliance that really goes unused is my wok. i’ll bring it out maybe once or twice a year for stir fry but that’s about it!

  8. says

    Great recipe! I use bread maker, rice cooker (it’s really a multi-cooker so can make soups and oatmeal, too), pizza oven, and slow cooker a lot throughout the year. Our juicer does not come out until late December, when our oranges are beginning to ripen. Then we have lots of yummy orange juice. You can try making orange juice from store-bought oranges. Homemade orange juice tastes so much better than store-bought.

  9. says

    1) You always make the most amazing desserts! I want to be your neighbor and hope you share.

    2) Moving into an RV helped me to rid myself of unused and even under-used appliances. If it isn’t being used it doesn’t need to be taking up space.

  10. says

    I love banana cake! It’s one of my favorites. This almost reminds me of a delicious banana cake we used to get as kids but the chocolate frosting is the only difference. Must make!

  11. says

    This cake looks so good. The chocolate frosting looks wonderful…it’s a keeper!! Thanks for coming to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We hope you’ll join us again next Saturday with more great recipes! -The Sisters

  12. says

    Mmm…banana cake!! I haven’t had it in forever, and guess what I have some banana’s in the freezer just waiting for me to do something with them! Pinning this for later!! Thanks for sharing!!

  13. says

    Bananas are so annoying… they are only “perfect” to eat like less than 24 hours, and then I always have the best intentions to bake with them but always forget. So either I end up with rotting bananas on my counter or in my freezer. Maybe I will buy some just to make this cake! :)
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  14. Judy T says

    Thought your cake looked good….I kind of made it. I cut back on the sugar because my bananas were very, very ripe. Then, I thought I’m not going to do the icing, just too much fat, so I threw a few semi sweet chocolate chips on top and tried to get them to sink in a little. That didn’t work and they turned out being scattered over the top. I couldn’t serve anything looking that bad so I made the icing but had to use all butter. Everything was excellent. Thank you. The only comment I had was that yours looks really dense but mine came out more like a regular cake. It was good, but did leaving out a few ounces of sugar do that.?

    • says

      I have made it a few times and it is dense every time. I wonder if leaving out the extra sugar did make it lighter….that would be my only guess. You could always toss the chocolate chips on the top after it comes out of the oven. Let them melt slightly and spread them out. I am glad you liked the recipe though!

  15. Allison says

    Just saw this on Pinterest…does it have to be made with buttermilk, or would regular milk (or something else) be ok? I’m off work tomorrow because of the polar vortex and I want to make this, but don’t have any buttermilk and don’t really want to go out in the cold to get some!

    • says

      I have only made it with buttermilk. If you have regular milk and lemon juice or vinegar though, you can make your own. Measure 1 Tbsp. lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup of milk. Let it sit 5-10 minutes and then use it in place of buttermilk. I hope you enjoy the cake!!! Stay warm!

  16. says

    I’ve made a similar banana cake since my high school days! At some point, I started putting chocolate chips on the warm cake just after it comes out of the over. They melt, I spread the gooey chocolate. It’s delish and makes a semi hard chocolate coating on the cake the next day. I might need to go make one….
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  17. Jesus-in-the-City says

    This cake was great! I’m normally a health food junkie, so this was actually the first time I’ve ever bought CRISCO or powdered sugar! But I had a hinkering, some old bananas and wanted to surprise my husband. It was really delicious! I didn’t see the healthier recipe for the peanut butter banana cake til after I made this, so it must have been meant to be :)

    I subbed teff flour for the cake and used coconut milk in the can instead of buttermilk. It’s my go to buttermilk sub since I always have it on hand.

    It came out DELISH!


  18. Jillian says

    Just curious if one can use a hand mixer to make this cake or if a standing mixer is preferred? I don’t want to trek over my mom’s house if I don’t have to, but I also don’t want to ruin the cake by using the wrong mixer. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  19. Sarah says

    Can you make this as a two layer round cake? And if so, what would you recommend cooking each cake at and for how long? And would you double the frosting to have enough?


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