The Best Banana Cake, Ridiculously Rich & Moist With Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

It’s the best-tasting banana cake you will ever have and perfect to celebrate Memorial Day with! Everything is made from scratch for a ridiculously rich, moist and soft cake with a very delicious lemon cream cheese frosting and overall luscious banana flavor. It’s a banana cake that stands out above the rest! We promise!

An old-fashioned classic, banana cake originated during the Depression Era when baking soda and baking powder were becoming widely available as a means to avoid waste and make extra money. It became so popular that an iconic dessert was born!

You can never go wrong with this recipe. Make sure to read the notes to ensure a soft moist cake, because you don’t want to miss out on that irresistibly delicious texture. Add some chopped nuts if you like, or make delicious muffins for breakfast too! They’re really good!

Rich, moist and soft banana cake with lemon cream cheese frosting. Delicious!


Preparation time: 20 minutes
Bake time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 15


  • 1 1/3 Cup mashed ripened bananas (overripe the best)
  • 2 1/2 Tbs lemon juice , divided
  • 1 1/2 Cups milk
  • 3 Cups flour
  • 1/2 Tbs baking soda
  • 1/4 Tsp salt
  • 2/3 Cup butter, softened
  • 1 Cup white sugar
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 Tsp vanilla


  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/3 Cup butter, softened
  • 3 – 3½ Cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tsp lemon juice
  • 1½ Tsp 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. Add powdered sugar a little at a time until you reach desired consistency. Spread over cooled cake.


  1. The cooking time on this cake can vary! This recipe took about 60 minutes. Check your cake at 55 minutes, if it isn’t ready, continue cooking until a toothpick comes out clean (this can be up to an additional 20-30 minutes depending on your oven).
  2. To ensure a soft moist result:
  3. Ensure your ingredients are at room temperature (eggs and butter)
  4. You need the acidity of the lemon juice (& milk) mixture. Subbing in just milk or cream won’t work. (You can use buttermilk in its place if needed).
  5. When mixing your butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla, beat the mixture until VERY fluffy, almost the consistency of a fluffy buttercream frosting. This should take about 5 minutes.
  6. When adding the flour mixture you want to mix until just combined. Over-mixing will cause a dense chewy result.

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