This is the Best Banana Cake recipe you will ever taste. It has a dense and moist, yet fluffy texture that is perfect. Plus, it is topped with a creamy hot fudge frosting that everyone goes crazy for.
A friend from college gave me this recipe for ripe bananas years ago. It is truly the best banana cake I have ever eaten!
This banana cake and these double chocolate banana muffins are my go to recipes when I have extra brown bananas.
The cake is amazing by itself, but I love frosting. So, I whipped up a batch of hot fudge frosting for the top. Best idea ever!
Why This Recipe Is Best
The best banana cake is the perfect dessert for any occasion. It is easy to make, and it comes out perfect every single time.
One bite of this cake and you will be jumping for joy. It is moist, fluffy, and topped with a creamy chocolate frosting that will have you coming back for another bite.
A hot fudge frosting is what sets this banana cake recipe apart from all the rest. The delicious chocolate flavor comes from using dark chocolate ice cream topping.
This banana cake is so easy to make. You probably already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already.
- Granulated Sugar - Sweetens the cake batter. You can also use a mixture of half granulated and half brown sugar, if you like.
- Shortening - Gives the cake a soft crumb texture. You can use unsalted butter if you like, but shortening really does give it the best texture.
- Eggs - Use large eggs for the best results.
- Vanilla Extract, Salt, & Cinnamon - Added for flavor.
- Baking Soda - Reacts with the buttermilk to provide the rise as the cake bakes.
- Flour - We use all purpose flour in most of our recipes. See how to measure flour correctly, so your cake turns out correctly every time.
- Buttermilk - Provides a soft texture to the cake crumb and also helps it rise.
- Bananas - Dark, spotted bananas are best for baked goods because they are sweeter.
- Hot Fudge Frosting - adding dark chocolate hot fudge topping to a simple buttercream icing gives it a light chocolate flavor.
How to Make the Best Banana Cake
Not only is this banana cake absolutely delicious, it is also very easy to make. It takes minutes to put together, and only requires one bowl.
- Recipe prep. Preheat the oven. Spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick baking spray, so the cake doesn't stick. Assemble and measure ingredients first because this makes it easier to make the cake.
- Mash the bananas. I usually just use a plate and fork, but a potato masher would work too.
- Make banana cake batter. Beat the shortening and sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Add eggs, vanilla, and mashed bananas and mix again. Stir together the dry ingredients. Alternately add to the batter with the buttermilk.
- Bake and cool. Pour the cake batter into prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. A few moist crumbs is ok. Place on a wire rack until it cools completely.
- Make hot fudge frosting. Beat softened butter, vanilla, salt, and warm hot fudge topping in a medium bowl until creamy. Slowly add powdered sugar and heavy cream and beat until light and fluffy.
- Decorate and serve. Spread the chocolate frosting on top of the cooled banana cake. Add warm hot fudge drizzles and sliced banana to the cake squares right before serving, if desired.
Store the frosted banana cake in an air tight container on the counter for 2-3 days. You can also refrigerate it, and it will keep for 5-7 days. Make sure the cake is tightly covered, so it does not dry out.
You can also freeze the unfrosted cake. Wrap the cooled cake tightly in 2 layers of plastic wrap, then in foil. Place in a freezer safe container and freeze for 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and frost right before serving.
Tips and Tricks
- Do not over mix the batter because it can cause the cake to be overly dense or to sink in the center.
- Use extra ripe bananas for the best flavor. If the bananas are not quite ready, see how to ripen bananas in the oven with these easy tips.
- Don't like chocolate? Add cream cheese frosting or marshmallow buttercream to the top.
- Change up the cake by adding mini chocolate chips or your favorite chopped nuts to the batter before baking.
Why is my banana cake dry?
This particular banana cake should be very moist. One reason that your cake is dry might be because you used too much flour or not enough liquid.
Another reason for dried out cakes is over baking or an oven that doesn't run true to temperature.
Why doesn't my banana cake taste like banana?
If your cake doesn't taste very banana-y, it might be because your bananas weren't ripe enough when you baked it. You want to choose very dark bananas for the best and sweetest flavor.
Can this banana cake be made ahead of time?
Yes, in fact the taste just keeps getting better and better. It is an easy recipe to make 1-2 days ahead of time.
More Banana Cakes
- Chocolate Banana Cake
- Banana Coffee Cake
- Banana Zucchini Cake
- Nutella Banana Snack Cake
- Banana Toffee Cake
- Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cake
- Chocolate Chip Banana Cake
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(original photo from February 2012)
*The post and recipe for Best Banana Cake was first published February 2012. The photos and post were updated January 2019 and then republished August 2022.
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
The Crunchy Mamacita
Thank you so much for linking up to the Recipe Party @ The Sweet Spot. I hope to see more great recipes from your blog next week!
Sass - aka - Kathy
Oh, so yum! I want to give it a try! Will you, pretty please, consider sharing with my readers at http://sassafrassalvation.blogspot.com/2012/02/sasss-sunday-salvation-show-12.html ?
What to do with overriped bananas is a recurring household problem...
=) I know a lot can relate to this. This recipe is a real lifesaver. Thanks much!
Tina @ Babycakes Blog
That looks so good, we end up having over ripe bananas all the time in this house too, and I think I have a bunch right now that are heading in that direction. Might have to try this soon.
I love banana anything and this looks just divine! Thank you for sharing, pinning it 🙂
Susan-The Weekly Sweet Experiment
LOL - I want to know how your husband knows what monkey sweat tastes like!!! That is so funny. The cake looks great. Unused applicances in our house. Sadly - a fondue pot. Never used it - not once. Weird for us. Maybe I will give it a try. 🙂
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!
Wonderful and delicious looking cake! I'd really like a slice or two to eat 🙂
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.
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.
The Life of Susan
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!
The Crunchy Mamacita
First of all, these look amazing! Second, I LOVE your blog and your photos! I have a new food blog, The Sweet Spot, and I was wondering if you would like to do a guest post on tips for taking great food photos. Please let me know if you are interested!
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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
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!!!
Microwave Rice Cooker, bread machine, waffle iron (very rarely used!)...I must try this cake ASAP!!
I would love to have a waffle iron again..We love them
This sounds amazing. My husband loves banana in sweets, so I have got to give this a try. Pinned this!
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
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...)
Audra @ Once a Mom Always a Cook
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 🙂
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????
Emily @ Sweet Bella Roos
Haha! I have a cabinet for never used small appliances too!!
and one of those neat spiralizer things that I used quite a bit at first, but then the stores caught on to the fact that we'd buy it if they spiralled it, and I got lazy.......
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.
I do! Lol recently single and don't have a toaster lol email me if you are serious!
I would love a new Bread Machine. Mine is wore out!!!
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..
Hot fudge sauce is a chocolate sauce that you put over ice cream. I hope you can find a substitute that would work!
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...