Unveil the comforting embrace of banana and cinnamon in our Best Banana Cake! A tender and moist cake that uses the natural sweetness of ripe bananas paired with the warmth of cinnamon, this banana sheet cake is the perfect end to any meal or even a mid-day treat. The softness of the cake is beautifully complemented by a rich and creamy vegan cream cheese icing. Whether you're vegan, gluten-free, or neither, this recipe is tailored to bring joy to every plate.
Banana Sheet Cake Ingredients
Best Banana Cake Ingredients:
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 ½ cup unsweetened almond or oat milk (dairy milk also works if not vegan)
- ½ cup vegan butter, melted (can use regular butter if not vegan)
- ½ cup sweetener of choice (maple syrup, coconut sugar, or cane sugar)
- 1 teaspoon each: baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon
- 3 cups all-purpose flour (or gluten-free variant)
Creamy Cream Cheese Icing:
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 4 oz vegan cream cheese (regular cream cheese if not vegan)
- 4 tablespoon vegan butter, softened (regular butter if not vegan)
Banana Cake Recipe Instructions
Preparation: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Either line your baking dish with parchment paper or give it a light greasing.
Mix Wet Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas using a fork. Pour in the milk, melted butter, chosen sweetener, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon. Combine thoroughly.
Incorporate Dry Ingredients: Sprinkle in the baking powder and baking soda. Gradually fold in the flour until you achieve a thick and smooth batter.
Bake: Pour the batter into your prepared baking dish, ensuring it spreads evenly. Pop it into the oven and bake for roughly 30 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Prepare the Icing: While your banana cake is baking, take a medium-sized bowl. Whisk together the vegan cream cheese, softened butter, and powdered sugar until smooth.
Frost & Serve: Once baked, allow your cake to rest and slightly cool. Spread the creamy icing over the top, slice into squares, and indulge!
Frequently Asked Questions
Allow the banana cake to cool completely to room temperature.
If your cake is frosted, it's best to store it in the refrigerator to keep the frosting fresh. Place the cake in an airtight container or wrap it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent it from drying out. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
For longer storage, you can freeze the cake. Wrap individual slices or the whole cake in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil. Label with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature before serving. You can also microwave to reheat. It tastes delicious warm!
Best Banana Cake
- medium mixing bowl
- Large Mixing Bowl
- electric hand mixer or whisk
- measuring cups and spoons
- 10 to 12 inch baking dish
Best Banana Cake Ingredients
- 3 overripe mashed bananas
- 1 ½ cup unsweetened oat or almond milk
- ½ cup melted vegan butter
- 1 cup maple syrup, coconut sugar, or cane sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 cups regular or gluten-free all purpose flour
Cream Cheese Icing
- 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
- 4 oz vegan cream cheese
- 4 tablespoon softened vegan butter
How To Make The Best Banana Cake
- Begin by preheating the oven to 350. Grease your baking dish or line it with parchment paper.
- Mash your three overripe bananas in your mixing bowl using a fork. Add the milk, butter, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda and mix well. Add the flour and mix until a thick batter is formed.
- Transfer the batter into your lined or greased dish and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the cake is cooked through the center and done around the edges.
- While the banana sheet cake bakes, make your frosting by mixing the vegan cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar together.
- Allow the banana cake to cool for a few minutes before frosting, slicing, and serving.