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Elvis Cake {Banana Sheet Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting, Bacon and Honey}

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Elvis cake starts with a banana sheet cake topped with a glossy peanut butter icing. It would be delicious if you stopped there, but to make it an ode to Elvis himself we added some chopped bacon and a drizzle of honey. This cake is a fun way to turn the King’s favorite sandwich into a really fun sheet cake.

close shot of first slice of elvis sheet cake being lifted out of sheet pan showing moist banana cake, smooth peanut butter icing and crumbles of cooked bacon.

If you are a fan of Elvis’s favorite sandwich, you are going to love the sweet and salty combo of this banana cake with peanut butter icing and crumbled bacon. It sounds a little bit crazy, but it tastes amazing.

The banana sheet cake whips up quickly and is topped with a pour over peanut butter icing.  You can stop there if the bacon sounds like too much, but to give it that Elvis touch we suggest you go the whole way with crumbled bacon and a drizzle of honey.

Slice of banana sheet cake with peanut butter icing and bits of bacon on top.

I have had this idea in my head for a while now.  Have you ever just stewed on something you want to make like that?

I have been so anxious to make it, but haven’t had the right opportunity.  I try not to make desserts for just the three of us.

Ingredients for pour over peanut butter icing in saucepan.

My husband usually doesn’t eat dessert multiple days in a row.  I however have no problem eating dessert multiple meals in a row…. it’s a gift.  Try not to be too jealous!

Anyway, for my own preservation (and sanity) it is best if I make desserts when there are other people around to share.

Do you feel me?  I can’t be alone when I say my sweet tooth has a mind of its own.  It is quite persuasive and who am I to object to its needs?

peanut butter icing in saucepan with whisk, ready for cake.

Family dinner would be the perfect opportunity to make such things.  The problem is MiMi always has her own ideas.

Apparently her house, her dessert.  I know, we sound like a dysfunctional family! The struggle is real.

So, when K.C. and Pops decided last minute to have a rib throw-down, I seized the opportunity and offered to be the dessert committee.  After all, the only right thing to do after a ribfest is to have a dessert with bacon!

pouring peanut butter icing over banana sheet cake.

Of course the inspiration is the famous Elvis sandwich.  So I used some ripe bananas to make a sheet cake.

Then I made a Texas sheet cake style peanut butter icing. I love how easy they are because you just pour them over the cake.

It really would be delicious just like that, but to take it to the next level I added bacon and a drizzle of honey.  It helps add layers of flavor and a bit of that sweet and salty finish.

lifting first piece of banana peanut butter bacon Elvis sheet cake out of pan.

Little Dude was my big kitchen helper for this recipe as well.  He dumped the ingredients in the mixer bowl, made sure the mixer didn’t go anywhere while in operation and of course licked the beaters!

Everyone who has tried it has wrinkled their nose a bit at the idea of it, but nobody has had trouble finishing their piece.  

In fact my siblings all took an extra piece home with them.  The rest of the cake was quickly eaten by the friends and family the next day.

Alternative topping ideas for your banana sheet cake

Not feeling the bacon and honey topping on this cake? Don’t let that deter you. You can eat it without or add some of these other fun ideas:

  • chopped peanuts
  • broken up pieces of banana chips
  • sprinkles
  • mini chocolate chips
Slice of banana sheet cake with peanut butter icing and bacon bits on a dessert plate with sheet pan and remaining cake in background.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a fluffy banana cake?

Make sure your bananas are mashed well. Banana cake recipes are developed to use the moisture from the fruit as part of the mix. Making sure your bananas are mashed smooth will give your cake the best texture.

Why is there vinegar in this cake recipe?

The vinegar reacts with the baking soda to create bubbles that give the cake its airy texture. It’s the science that makes the cake fluffy and not dense.

More great banana and peanut butter treats

close shot of first slice of elvis sheet cake being lifted out of sheet pan showing moist banana cake, smooth peanut butter icing and crumbles of cooked bacon.

Banana Sheet Cake with Peanut Butter Icing, Bacon and Honey

Servings: 36 Servings
Author: Carlee
Banana sheet cake topped with a glossy peanut butter icing is delicious. To make it an ode to Elvis himself we added some chopped bacon and a drizzle of honey. This cake is a delicious way to enjoy the King’s favorite sandwich combo.
4.80 from 5 ratings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes



  • cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • cup butter
  • 3 large bananas very ripe
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cups all purpose flour

Peanut Butter Icing

  • ½ cup butter
  • cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 4 Tablespoons chopped crisp bacon optional
  • 2 Tablespoons honey optional
Makes: 13 x 18inch rectangle1inch height



  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a 13×18″ half sheet pan.
  • Mix milk and vinegar, set aside
    ⅔ cup milk, 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • In mixer bowl, cream butter and sugar.
    1⅔ cup granulated sugar, ⅓ cup butter
  • Add bananas, eggs & vanilla and mix until smooth.
    3 large bananas, 2 large eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Stir dry ingredients into banana mixture. Add milk mixture and stir until just combined.
    1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 2¼ cups all purpose flour
  • Spread in prepared sheet pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, rotating half way through bake time. Remove from oven and frost while warm.


  • In a saucepan, cook peanut butter, butter and milk over medium low heat until it starts to bubble. Be sure to stir constantly.
    ½ cup butter, ⅔ cup creamy peanut butter, 1 cup milk
  • Add the powdered sugar and whisk well until all lumps are gone. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
    2½ cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pour over warm cake and spread slightly. Sprinkle with bacon and/or drizzle with honey if desired.
    4 Tablespoons chopped crisp bacon, 2 Tablespoons honey
  • Cool completely before serving.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 191kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 185mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Saturday 14th of September 2019

The pic looked like toffee bits. Would that taste go with the banana and peanut butter?


Saturday 14th of September 2019

That would be absolutely delicious! Toffee, banana and peanut butter would be a great mix. Now I want to bake another cake!


Friday 13th of September 2019

Can this be baked in any other size pan? If so, for how long?I


Saturday 14th of September 2019

I am sure you could do it in a 9x13" but I haven't tried it so I'm not sure how long. I'd guess 40-45 minutes, but I'd keep a close eye on it. Otherwise you could make Di's banana cake and cover it with the peanut butter icing from this recipe. I know it would be amazing!


Friday 13th of September 2019

I think we all agree that it looks and sounds delicious but has anybody actually made it?


Saturday 14th of September 2019

I have! Several times. And my family loves it every time! =)


Wednesday 11th of September 2019

I'm afraid that I have to stop before the bacon and honey. The rest of this cake sounds wonderful. Maybe I should try it with the bacon and honey just for my son-in-law.


Saturday 14th of September 2019

The peanut butter and banana would be wonderful on their own! You could always do half and half too ;-)


Sunday 8th of September 2019

I love your sheet cake recipes! Hope you add a new one soon!


Monday 9th of September 2019

I'll have to put my thinking cap on!