Delightful Banana Cake
Nina Herndon
February 21, 2024
February 21, 2024

What's a retreat without a sweet treat? If you're looking for another fun way to use leftover bananas besides banana bread, you'll love this cake!


For the Cake

  • 3 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cups sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (not sifted)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • A dash of salt

For the Topping

  • 4 oz. cream cheese (½ a block), at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbs. heavy cream or half-and-half
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup toasted pecans



  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • In a large bowl, mix bananas, sour cream, eggs, sugar and vanilla.
  • In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. 
  • Gently fold the dry ingredients into the banana mixture.
  • Pour into cake pan and tap on counter to remove big air bubbles.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.


  • Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar with a fork until smooth. 
  • Then add cream and vanilla and stir well. 
  • It should be thick but pourable (add a little extra dash of cream if you need it). 
  • Pour over cooled cake and top with toasted (or candied) pecans.

Tips to Reduce Food Waste

Peel and freeze your overripe bananas to use in this recipe, or in some homemade Banana Bread

It’s not very often that one has leftover cake, but when the occasion arises we like to make Banana Cake Bread Pudding. Recipe coming soon! 

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