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Di’s Banana Cake

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This banana cake is so easy to make and moist as can be! The directions will surprise you, you’ll just have to make it to believe it! 

slice of banana cake with caramel frosting and couple of slices of fresh banana.

This super moist banana cake is sure to become a instant favorite.  The baking directions may surprise you, but it really works!

The results are soft and moist and oh so delicious. We love it it caramel frosting or cream cheese frosting (or any frosting!)

    My coworker Diane and I hardly ever get to see each other.  But we talk a lot.  We both spend a lot of time on the road and like to bounce ideas off of each other as we go.

     She is a wealth of information, so she is my first call when I come across something I am unsure of.  We go over how our days have been going, what strange things have popped up and then the most important part… food!

    I know her afternoon drive-thru coffee order by heart.  We also know each other’s weaknesses, mostly sweets.

     She likes to taunt me when she picks up my favorite salads from restaurants we don’t have down here.  I hardly ever make a salad at home, but it is one of my favorite things to get when I go out!

     She turned me on to a roasted beet and goat cheese salad that is so yummy and I got her started on a chicken poppy seed salad.  She sent me crispy cookies she loves and I introduced her to a horseshoe.

     I would say we broaden each other’s horizons and that is probably not inaccurate.  We definitely have a way of making the other one hungry and broadening each other’s waste-lines!

first piece of banana cake served on a plate with the rest of the cake in the background.

   So, yesterday she was telling me she has been on a baking streak lately.  Then she got onto a story about how she had to move everything around in her freezer so she could take this banana cake out of the oven and put it straight in the freezer.

    Wait, what?!  I’ve never heard of such a thing.  Yes, you take it out of the oven and put it in the freezer for 45 minutes.  Plus it bakes at 275F.  This is just plain crazy!

   Little Dude used to be on a two banana a day limit.  He would have eaten an entire bunch a day if we would have let him.  But lately, he has slowed down.

    He is more interested in apples and raisins, so I have some bananas that are getting a little old.  The last thing I needed was to bake more treats, but it was meant to be!

     I altered Di’s recipe a bit to fit what we had on hand.  Plus, I left the nuts out as my husband won’t eat them.  Then I slathered the cake with her yummy caramel frosting recipe!

 Mmmmm.  Who needs dinner?  Let’s skip to dessert!

slice of banana cake with caramel icing and slices of banana on top with blue napkin in background.

    You should smell this bake.  Oh my word!  If you are not in the mood for caramel frosting, this is also great with whipped cream cheese frosting! 

     Now for a little update.  This was one of the very first recipes I posted on the blog.  It was before I really had any social media.  Just a blog for me, my mom and anybody who accidentally found themselves here.  Yet this cake caught on.

     It was one of the first recipes I got real feedback on.  I have friends who still talk about it and make it with some regularity.

    I myself have made it a handful of times and that is saying something considering the number of other cakes I bake.  MiMi has made it a few times and our friend Julie has made it a few times too!

    It is easy, delicious and is sure to be a favorite in your family too!

For a fancy layered cake, try the towering star spangle banana cake is sure to fit the bill. But make this cake for an every day dessert.

Yield: 12 Servings

Di's Banana Cake

slice of banana cake with caramel icing and slices of banana on top with blue napkin in background.

This banana cake is so easy to make and moist as can be! The directions will surprise you, you’ll just have to make it to believe it! 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours


  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large bananas
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups flour


  1. Preheat oven to 275°F
  2. In a small bowl, mix together milk and vinegar and set aside
  3. In a mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  4. Add bananas and mix until smooth
  5. Stir in eggs and vanilla
  6. In a bowl, mix flour baking soda and salt
  7. Alternate adding flour mixture and milk mixture. Stirring until just combined.
  8. Pour into well greased 9×13 pan and bake for an hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  9. Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes.
  10. Frost with caramel frosting after cake is removed from freezer.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 401Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 328mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 1gSugar: 36gProtein: 6g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This banana cake is so easy to make and moist as can be! The directions will surprise you, you’ll just have to make it to believe it!

Thanks for sharing!



Thursday 22nd of March 2018

I love banana cake but I've never made a caramel frosting for it! YUM!


Sunday 25th of March 2018

It is so good on there! <3

Andrea Nine

Friday 16th of March 2018

Another banana recipe to devour. Looks scrumptious!! Have an amazing weekend sweet friend!


Wednesday 21st of March 2018

It's one of our favorites, for sure! You too xoxo

The Old Fat Guy

Friday 12th of August 2016

Oh my. I do love banana cake and haven't had it in eons! Thanks for the recipe.


Saturday 13th of August 2016

This is a good one that is for sure. Thanks!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Thursday 11th of August 2016

Back in the day, when I lived in the twin cities, I had a coworker like your Di, well several of them! I soooo miss our food conversations and lunches checking out new places! The cake sounds so good!


Thursday 11th of August 2016

It is fun to have somebody to talk to about this stuff with. It's not always good for the waste line though! I have not been disappointed in a recipe she has shared yet though, so I think I'll keep her around!

Frugal Hausfrau

Friday 19th of February 2016

I heard years ago about someone doing this with poundcake! I am going to have to try this recipe. It looks scrumptious! Happy Throwback Thursday!


Friday 19th of February 2016

I haven't tried it with any other cakes yet, but I just love the way this turns out so I really should! Thanks, Mollie!

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