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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Recipe: Mary’s Banana Cake

This recipe evolved as my mom and I made it together.  I had three overripe bananas in my fridge and I wanted to use them up.  She had come over one afternoon in December to say “hello” and offered to help.  Or did I ask her if she wanted to?  Anyway, we got it made.  :-)  I actually started out with a recipe from somewhere else, but I changed it so much that I’ve decided to change the name too.

This makes a heavier cake due to the ingredients, but it makes a very nice snack cake or dessert.  (Truth: My family had it with brunch one morning. [grin]   What's the point in being grown up if you can't decide to have cake for breakfast?)

Mary's Banana Cake

Whisk together in a medium bowl:
1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
1 C. white whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder

Cream together in a large bowl:
1 C. brown sugar
1 C. butter
1/2 C. sour cream
1/4 C. milk
3 eggs

Add dry ingredients to this and mix well.
Beat in:
3 medium bananas, mashed (should make 1 heaping cup)
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Stir in:
1 C. chocolate chips
(You may add 1/2 C. of chopped nuts if you wish.)

Line the bottom of a 9x13 cake pan with parchment paper and grease the sides well.  Pour in batter and bake at 350F (175C) for 30-40 minutes or till a golden brown color around the edges and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.
Completely cool.


Whip together till light and fluffy and spread on cake:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
3 Tbl. butter, softened
1 2/3 C. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

I did not freeze any of this cake, so I don’t know how it does in the freezer.  I would imagine that it would freeze well as most cakes tend to do, but due to its heavy consistency it would probably be better fully thawed before using.

The color in this picture isn’t very good, but I thought it was interesting to see the swirls of banana in the cake.  It would make a good snack cake without the frosting too, if you prefer.  Yes, I did take out a slice before frosting it because this was an experiment and I wanted to see how it was right away. :-)

We got this enamel plate at an old fashioned “five and dime” store in Fredericksburg, Texas where we went for a little vacation in October.  The enamelware was a bit pricey, so I opted to get one dessert/salad size plate just for this purpose – photographing food for the web page. :-)  Isn’t it pretty?  I love the color!

The Enchanting Rose


  1. I love the idea of chocolate chips in the banana cake! My family would love this recipe. Thank you for sharing it on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

    1. I hope you enjoy it if you get a chance to make it. :-)

  2. Oh Mary, how I would LOVE a piece of this cake right now :) My precious grandma Betty made a banana cake that was divine! Now I make it and it always reminds me of her.

    Your recipe sounds delicious and the next time I make banana cake I shall have to try your recipe. I'm so glad you shared this with Roses of Inspiration. Blessings to you!

    1. I'm glad you want to try it and I hope it turns out as well for you as it did for us. :-) Since my mom helped me "invent" this one I expect it will be special for me. Precious memories working together, at least. My family here who tried it all liked it too, which was a plus. :-)

  3. Hi Mary! Just stopping by to let you know this yummy recipe has been featured at Roses of Inspiration today. Hug and blessings!

    1. Thank you so much, Stephanie! I added the graphic and link you offered. :-) Wishing you a lovely day!

  4. Your banana cake looks so tasty and with the frosting (and the chocolate chips) so yummy.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Visiting you from Roses of Inspiration. My mouth is watering as I read this recipe! I'm definitely going to make this. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    1. Welcome! I hope you enjoy it! :-) I'm glad you want to try it.

  6. I'm visiting from Stephanie's blog. I am going to have to try this recipe! Love that you added chocolate chips!

    1. Welcome! I hope you like it! I got the idea for the chocolate chips from a recipe for banana bread that my mom makes. :-)

  7. that sounds delicious, and it always seems we have bananas around

    1. I hope you enjoy it sometime, then! :-) Thanks for commenting.

  8. Oh, banana cake is my most favorite thing in the world and once you add chocolate chips, I'm a goner, lol. I saw this beautiful cake at Stephanie's party and just had to visit and see more. Great recipe and a lovely blog :)

    1. Welcome, and thank you! :-) I have to admit we had only ever made banana bread before, but it was a big hit. I like it better than the bread, myself. I hope you get to try this one sometime.