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banana cake with cream cheese frosting

Banana Cream Cake

This moist Banana Cream Cake with Banana Pudding Filling and Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting is not only delicious but quite the showstopper as well. This cake is perfect for your next celebration or dessert craving.
5 from 9 votes
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Chill & Cool Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

Ingredients

Banana Cake

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • cups sugar
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • ¾ cup buttermilk (or ¾ cup milk with ¾ tbsp vinegar/lemon juice added)
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening (you can sub butter, see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs

Banana Pudding Filling

  • ½ cup banana pudding mix
  • ¾ cup cold milk

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 8 ounces package cream cheese, room temp
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3-4 cups confectioners powdered sugar

Instructions

Banana Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare your cake pans with shortening, flour and/or parchment paper.
    prepped cake pan for banana cake
  • In a large mixing bowl place the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and stir together until well mixed. Add the bananas, buttermilk, shortening and vanilla and mix with a hand mixer on medium speed until everything is combined. Add the eggs and continue to beat for 2 minutes.
    banana cake batter with hand mixer
  • Pour the cake batter into the cake pans and tap on the counter to remove air bubbles. Place the pan(s) in the oven and bake for 35 minutes. Test the cake with a toothpick at 25 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean. My pans took 35 minutes to fully cook because they are a deep cake pan.
    banana cake batter in cake pans before baking
  • Once done, remove the cake pan from the oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and continue cooling on the rack until fully cool.
    baked banana cakes

Banana Pudding

  • While the cake is baking, add the banana pudding mix and cold milk into a bowl and mix with a hand mixer for 2 minutes on medium speed. Place in refrigerator until ready to use. Most instant puddings only take about 5 minutes to set but you want to keep the pudding cold until you are ready to use it.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Add the cream cheese and shortening to a mixing bowl and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the salt and vanilla and beat together for another minute. Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until desired sweetness and consistency is achieved. Place the frosting in the refrigerator until ready to frost the cake.
    cream cheese frosting for banana cake

Cake Assembly and Frosting

  • Once the cakes have fully cooled, cut the top off with a serrated knife to create a level top.
    baked banana cake with top leveled off
  • Place one cake layer on a cake stand or plate. Place about half of the banana pudding in the middle of the cake and spread out with a spatula leaving about ½ inch around the edge.
    banana cake layer with banana pudding
  • Add the next cake layer and repeat the pudding layer. Place the last layer on top, bottom side up, so you have a nice flat top to work with.
    layered banana cake before frosting
  • At this point, you want to frost a crumb coat on the cake. To create a crumb coat, place a thin layer of frosting all over the entire cake and then place it in the freezer for 10 minutes. This will help eliminate crumbs in the final frosting layer.
    crumb coat on banana cake
  • Remove the cake from the freezer and fully frost with the remaining frosting. You can also pipe on decoration as desired or garnish with fresh banana slices or chopped nuts. Leave the cake in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
    banana cake with sliced bananas and bananas

Notes

  • This frosting needs to be cold in order for the frosting to go on well and I would recommend keeping the cake cold until ready to serve. 
  • I used a 6" cake pan and made 3 layers with the amount of batter that is made with this recipe.
  • If you are going to substitute butter for the shortening in the frosting, make sure it is room temp when mixing with the room temp cream cheese so that they cream together nicely. After achieving the consistency and sweetness you want, place the frosting in the fridge so it has a chance to firm up before frosting the cake. 

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.