Easy Banana Cake

Easy Banana Cake Recipe -easy one bowl banana cake, perfect for using up ripe bananas, with the a simple fluffy vanilla icing.
Easy Banana Cake: This one bowl, easy banana cake is a great way to use up your leftover bananas. The simple, sweet, fluffy vanilla icing takes this recipe from regular to a real treat.

This easy banana cake recipe is one of my favourite go-to banana recipes. It’s so simple it only needs one bowl for the cake. It’s a no-fail recipe that turns out every time. It always makes a delicious moist cake, and is the perfect way to use up your over-ripe bananas.

My mother-law uses this recipe to make an easy banana bread…because that’s what good, using up the leftover spotty bananas, responsible people do. But people who want life to be a party, they want to turn banana bread into CAKE! They want cake, covered in icing. They want Easy Banana Cake! And they shall have it. I turned the our favorite banana bread recipe into the best banana cake recipe.

Easy Banana Cake with icing

Cake, Bread or Muffins

You could easily make this recipe into a loaf, but the addition of a sweet fluffy vanilla icing makes this simple cake so much better and more special. The original recipe was an easy banana bread recipe. You could also make this recipe into banana muffins, just adjust the cooking time down so that they don’t over bake.

Banana Cake Recipe Without Buttermilk

If you’re looking for an easy banana cake recipe to make that doesn’t include buttermilk, than this recipe is perfect. There’s no milk at all in the cake of this simple recipe, and no need to worry about having buttermilk, or even a buttermilk substitute. If fact you probably have all the ingredients to make it in your pantry, as long as you have some overripe bananas.

Storing Bananas

This one of my favourite easy recipes for using up extra bananas. If you find that you have too many at once, or not enough, you can also freeze bananas. No need to turn them into mashed banana first, just but them in a ziplock bag, peeled or even unpeeled and store them in the freezer. The next time you want to make banana cake, just thaw and use this recipe.

Easy Banana Cake recipe

Yield: 12

Easy Banana Cake

Easy Banana Cake Recipe: This one bowl, easy banana cake is a great way to use up your leftover bananas. The simple, sweet, fluffy vanilla icing takes this recipe from regular to a real treat.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 3 large ripe bananas
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda

For the Icing

  • 1/4 cup of softened butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, start by combining the wet ingredients. Mix the bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter until well combined. Or use an electric mixer and a medium bowl to combine.
  2. Add the flour, salt and baking soda, to the banana mixture and stir until the dry ingredients well combined at a medium speed, but being careful not to over-mix.
  3. Pour batter into a prepared pan. Bake in a greased 8 x 8 cake pan at 350, for around 40 min, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  4. After the cake is cool, combine the icing ingredients in a mixer and stir slowly until well combined, and then at maximum speed until light and fluffy. Spread the icing over the top of the cake when it's completely cooled, and enjoy. Store in an airtight container, or cover in plastic wrap.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 369mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 1gSugar: 39gProtein: 3g
slice of Easy one bowl Banana Cake recipe with icing

This delicious banana cake recipe is a such a favourite because it’s made with simple ingredients, and is such an easy cake recipe. Once you’ve tried it this will become the only banana cake recipe that you ever use.

Optional Additions

This moist banana cake recipe is such a favourite with my followers on Pinterest. And lot’s of people who have tried it love it with the addition of chocolate chips, nuts, or even raisins. Definitely feel free to experiment with any of those, and let us all know in the comments what your favourites are. I love this simple vanilla icing but you could substitute your favourite tangy cream cheese frosting, if you prefer.

This simple cake with pantry ingredients is sure to become one of your favorite recipes. With an Easy Banana Cake Recipe like this, life really is a party!

More Recipe Inspiration

Looking for another easy banana recipe?  Check out this Easy Banana Cream Pie recipe.

Be sure to check out this recipe for Banoffee Pie here.

You might also like Mom’s Easy Lasagna recipe here.




  1. This recipe is so delicious everyone loved it instead of all purpose flour I used whole wheat organic flour and instead of white sugar I used coconut sugar it came out so tasty and easy thank you

  2. I have using this recipe for years,
    I regularly buy bananas just to make double batches, it can easily be adapted with different ingredient, chocolate chips, cinnamon are favourites
    It stays moist for days

  3. Hi Pamela,
    Yes, any kind of frosting you like, or no frosting if you’d like more of a banana loaf.

  4. Hi Sarah, I don’t see why you couldn’t double it for a larger cake. You might need to increase the cooking time a little too. Let us know how it goes if you do.
    Best, Dannyelle

  5. Hi Beth, I’ve never tried it with coconut flour, so I really don’t know if it will work. If you try it, let us know how it goes. Best of luck,

  6. I absolutely love this recipe! I find it turns out better if you use brown sugar instead of white. So yummy!!! 🙂

  7. This has become a go-to recipe! I have Celiac and found substituting Pamela’s GF mix in lieu of flour works perfectly. I made it again this Sunday morning to use up bananas. Delicious and quick. Thank You for sharing!

  8. I tried this recipe and it ‘s very easy and quick to do and most of all it’s very delicious.Thanks

  9. Hello, great and quick recipe, it was a hit with the family. Just wondering if I can make it into a loaf pan, do you know what the bake time would be if I can? Thank you!

  10. Hi Nirvi, It works great as a loaf too. Bake for 50-60 min. at 350 -a toothpick stuck in the middle should come out clean when it’s done.

  11. I added vanilla and cinnamon because I love it in almost everything! I had extra streusel so I’ve added that on top, in the oven now, keep your fingers crossed!

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