Thursday, February 28, 2019

Banana Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

How many of you have a freezer full of nice, overripe, black bananas? Raise your hand.  I personally do not like bananas but my husband does so I always buy them for him but bananas don't last long so each week I probably toss at least one or two in the freezer.  When I cleaned my freezer the other week, I found bananas EVERY WHERE.  When it was all said and done . . . I had 18 bananas in there!! So I went on a hunt for a recipe that would use a lot and my oh my . . . 

I found this AMAZING recipe from Spend With Pennies. Not only is it an astoundingly good recipe, but I used up 5 of those 18 bananas.  As I said, I do NOT like bananas but I will make an exception when they are combined with wonderful things like butter and sugar.

I was having company so I decided to make this as a layer cake and pipe the frosting on.  I coated the sides with finely chopped walnuts as well.  This is a moist, crumbly cake so I did what is called a 'crumb coat' on the sides.  You spread a thin layer of icing to adhere the crumbs to cake, refrigerate to harden that coat of frosting and then you can top with a clean base of frosting. I wish I had piped a pretty edge around it before doing the roses but oh well, next time.

The top was also very moist and crumbly so I spread a thin layer of frosting on top before adding the roses.  Of course this would be wonderful just as a 9X13 which is how the original recipe is done.

You could add walnuts to the cake as well which I may do the next time.  It was very moist and everyone loved it.


  • 1 1/3 cup mashed bananas
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice divided
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 3-3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest from 1 lemon


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Place 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice in a measuring cup. Top to 1 1/2 cups with milk. Set aside.
  3. Mix together mashed banana with 1 tablespoon lemon juice, set aside.
  4. Beat together butter, brown and white sugar until combined. Add in eggs one at a time and vanilla. Mix on high until light and fluffy (almost the texture of frosting).
  5. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Alternate adding flour mixture and milk to egg mixture stirring just until combined. (Do not overmix). Fold in bananas. Pour into prepared pan.
  6. Put into the oven and reduce heat to 300 degrees. Bake 60 – 70 minutes (see note below) or just until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (do not over bake).
  7. Remove from oven and place in the freezer for 45 minutes to make the cake extra moist. Cool completely before frosting.
  1. Cream together butter & cream cheese until fluffy. Add in lemon zest and juice.
  2. Add powdered sugar a little at a time until you reach desired consistency. Spread over cooled cake.

Just look at that pathetic face!  Hudson is singin' soprano now, if you catch my drift.  The world can only handle one Hudson so yesterday, we did the deed and he is none too happy about 'the cone of shame'.

When I'm with him and can watch him, he is allowed to wear a onesie and no cone.  He's not thrilled about that either but it's better than the cone!

I've been down again this week with another bad cold/bug so we are both laying low and looking forward to warmer, brighter days . . . who knows WHEN that will be!


  1. Awww... just look at Hudson - what a little Cutie Pie.

    Your cake looks amazing, my friend! It would be the perfect thing to enjoy with the cup of coffee I'm having right now :) Thanks for the tasty recipe.

    Praying you feel better soon, dear Lauren! Hugs to you!

  2. Oh my gosh, your cake looks like it should be in a magazine! It's not only Yummy, but look at those creative white roses on top! I love banana bread, and it looks like the cream cheese frosting and walnuts make it. aahh, poor Hudson. I hope you feel better soon, Lauren. Flu season is scary.


  3. Hope you're better soon, Lauren. Poor Hudson. He looks rather forlorn. Hope he can lose the cone of shame soon!

    That cake is gorgeous. While I love bananas, I'm not a big banana cake or bread fan but that frosting sounds terrific and I love how beautifully it's decorated. I can't believe you did those roses. Are those from the same frosting? It pipes beautifully!

    1. Yes it's the same frosting. It tastes so good too with just that hint of lemon. I think the frosting would be great on different cake as well! Thanks for your kind comments Jeanie!

  4. Oh Lauren, your cake is a work of art!!! It looks like it came from a fancy schmancy bakery. You and I both share a dislike of bananas in their raw state. I gag even at the smell of them, but like you, I love them in baked goods...LOL!! Poor little Hudosn, but I'm sure all will be well soon. I hope you feel better, too. Happy weekend, and take care.

  5. Bananas, lemon and cream cheese??!!?? Oh, boy I have to try this cake. I will not be trying to duplicate your gorgeous rose frosting though....I am so lame with that kind of stuff. A 13 x 9 with plain spread on frosting will be fine :-) Poor baby Hudson, and you! Feel better! I am just getting over a yucky head cold.

  6. OH your cake looks scrumptious!
    I'm sure he's glad to have an option to the cone. Hope he heals quickly. I hope you heal quickly to! It's no fun to be sick. At least it's winter out and you can feel good about being inside. :)

  7. Oh, my! Your cake is just gorgeous! I would never have thought to mix lemon with a banana cake, but it actually sounds quite delicious. I agree with AnnMarie, though, I certainly wouldn't even attempt to make those beautiful roses! That little Hudson's face is about one of the most pitiful things I've seen in a while! Poor baby. And poor you, being so sick. That coughing and bug seems to last forever, and I hope both of you feel better soon, sweet friend!

  8. Now I want to bake a banana cake and experiment with making roses. Actually, I will make the cake but just spread the icing and leave the roses to those more talented in decorating.

  9. Your cake looks almost too pretty to eat! I love bananas and lemon so this is heavenly combo to me.

    Wishing you and Hudson a speedy recovery. Everyone seems to be getting sick these days.

  10. You had me at lemon, its one of my favorite flavors. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Pinning. Can't wait to try it!

  11. I don't like bananas, either, but it must be the texture of them...because, like you, mixed in with sugar,nuts and other good stuff, I suddenly LOVE

  12. Poor little Hudson...such a hands-on boy!
    Your cake looks professional!
    Oooh... I would love a piece of that with a cup of tea around your table.
    Isn't it amazing what we find in the freezer? :-)

  13. So sorry you're feeling yucky - hope you (and Hudson) feel better soon. I must admit I didn't want to open this post once I read the title because I know I'd want the recipe and want to eat it (preferably right this instant!!). Our freezer gets to store a fair share of 'dead' bananas too and it's always good to have a new recipe. Even though my waistline says no no - my taste buds are saying yes yes.

  14. Poor little Hudson, they did that to my Bounce while he was at the shelter, when he was 5 years old. I adopted him and they did the operation before letting me take him home. I love that cake and the roses on top of it.

  15. Hello from Texas...Love the cake and your roses! Gorgeous...
    Poor Hudson...💗

  16. I'm sorry to hear that you are under the weather! It seems the end of winter seems to usher in the worst of bugs! I hope you feel better soon! It is wonderful to find a cake that uses up your frozen bananas, and you made it look so pretty! I just love how you added the walnuts to the side, and piped the icing on top. I hope Hudson feels better soon too, the cone of shame is so miserable for them, but necessary! Hope you feel better soon :)

  17. Your poor little Hudson ...He’s such a darling...I have a black and white Spaniel (Dolly)and love her to bits.. Who wouldn't love hudson sweet little face.... and OMG that yummy rose frostiing... I have to make it ...I love lemon and your cake looks so delicious... I hope you and hudson will both be feeling better soon.... BIG HUGS

  18. Thanks for coming by and visiting, Lauren. Yes, we never know the things that will come our way, but I'm so thankful he's ok. He's at home now and healing and doing better. Just seeing your comment made me feel better during this unsettling time. I am blessed with blog friends like you.



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