I had brought home some great bananas a while back but with everything else in the house to eat, they just sat there, getting riper by the minute. Being my mother’s son, I wasn’t about to throw them out – so into the freezer they went. We used a couple of them for a banana bread but a couple more were still taking up room in our ever-crowded freezer. It’s amazing how fast it can fill up – even as we use something from it almost daily.

Victor is practicing for retirement, so while I was at work, he pulled the last of them out for a banana cake!

He’s an old pro at changing recipes around, so he took his favorite BH&G Yellow Cake and tweaked it for bananas. He then made a simple banana cream cheese frosting that is out of this world.

I do love cake. I love dessert, period. I’ll pass up the buffet and head right over to the dessert table. They’re all my favorite – but cake is up there with the most-favorite. And a homemade cake made by someone else sitting in the kitchen when you get home?!? Perfection.

Banana Cake

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup pureed banana

Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease and flour cake pans.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Cream butter until light. Slowly add sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Add vanilla. Add flour and milk in three additions – starting and ending with flour.

Stir in bananas.

Spread into pans and bake about 20-30 minutes, depending upon pan size. Check with toothpick.

Cool and frost with Banana Cream Cheese Frosting


Banana Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup banana puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Mix butter and cream cheese together until light and well-mixed. Add banana puree and vanilla and mix well.

Slowly add powdered sugar and mix until you have a spreadable frosting, adding more powdered sugar, if necessary.

I think I’m really going to enjoy Victor’s retirement.