Banana Sheet Cake

Banana sheet cake with cream cheese frosting, perfect for a large gathering. This super banana flavored cake paired with the sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting can't be beat!

Banana Cake (Banana Sheet Cake) in a glass baking pan
Elise Bauer

Don't you love sheet cakes? They're so easy to make and are perfect for large gatherings.

Take this banana sheet cake . Like our banana bread it has wonderful banana flavor, but with a little more sweetness and a tangy cream cheese frosting.

One batch of this banana cake easily makes 30 servings, convenient for potlucks and tailgates.

banana sheet cake with cream cheese frosting
Elise Bauer

This recipe comes from my friend Kelsey Fischer and her mom Janeen. It's is a family favorite of theirs.

I've made a few slight adjustments to the recipe by adding some lemon juice to the cream cheese frosting to give it more tang, and then added some vanilla to the banana cake batter.

My dad gives the cake a strong two thumbs up and declares it "a keeper". Enjoy!

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From the Editors Of Simply Recipes

Banana Sheet Cake

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Frosting the cake 20 mins
Total Time 60 mins
Servings 30 pieces
Yield 1 cake

Here's a tip, leave the cream cheese and butter for the frosting out while you make the banana cake, that way they will be softened by the time the cake is cooled and ready to frost. This banana cake is on the sweet side (it is a cake after all).

If you are trying to cut sugars, you may want to experiment dropping the sugar in the cake mixture by a half cup and cutting the amount of frosting in half.

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 1 cup white granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 vanilla bean (scraped clean, outside discarded), or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 large or 3 medium bananas)

  • 1/2 cup full fat sour cream

Frosting:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cupunsalted butter, room temperature

  • 2 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) .

    Place the oven rack in the middle of the oven.

  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients:

    In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

  3. Beat together the butter, sugars, and eggs:

    In a mixer, beat together butter and the sugars. Add eggs one at a time and beat.

  4. Mix in the vanilla and bananas:

    Add vanilla and bananas and beat until just mixed in.

  5. Mix in the flour and sour cream:

    Mix in half of the flour mixture, then the sour cream, then the other half of the flour mixture.

  6. Spread the batter in baking pan:

    Spread batter evenly in a greased 10- x15-inch baking pan. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 20 minutes, or until nicely browned and the surface bounces back when you press it with your finger. Cool completely before frosting.

  7. Make the frosting and frost the cake:

    To make the frosting, mix all of the ingredients together with an electric mixer. If too stiff to spread, add a teaspoon or two of water.

    Spread the frosting evenly over the cake and slice to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
176 Calories
8g Fat
25g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 30
Amount per serving
Calories 176
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 103mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 55mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.