Soft & Moist Banana Cake

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This Banana Cake is so soft, moist and banana-y! It’s topped with a creamy vanilla buttercream and fresh banana slices. If you love bananas, you’ll fall in love with this yummy recipe!

Soft and Moist Banana Cake

Soft & Moist Banana Cake

I’m pretty sure it’s no secret that the hubs and I are big banana fans. I’ve talked about it before when I posted this Super Moist Banana Bread and my favorite Banana Pudding. There’s no shortage of banana love around here. I even made a banana treat for the pup.

But today is all about this cake. This cake that made me oh-so-happy when I took a bite.

Here’s my thing about banana cake (I have a “thing” about most things) – I don’t want it to taste like banana bread. Now you know I love banana bread. It’s got banana in it after all. But if I wanted banana bread, I’d make it.

When I make banana cake, I want it to be lighter in color and density and even more banana-y than banana bread. It has not been easy to find a recipe that fits the bill.

I’ve tried a few and I’m thrilled to say that this one hits the mark!

It’s from Tidy Mom, but I made a few changes.

Soft and Moist Banana Cake

First, I used butter instead of shortening. It seemed preferable to me.

Secondly, the recipe calls for sour milk. I didn’t have sour milk and I wasn’t about to wait for a week or two for our milk to sour. I’m impatient and my bananas were ready to go.

The recipe suggests adding a little vinegar to the milk and letting it sit for 10 minutes to curdle (I hate that word).

Since there wasn’t a specific amount of vinegar mentioned, only “a little”, I googled. Well, the suggested amount is 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup of milk. I went with 1 teaspoon to start.

It didn’t curdle.

So I added another teaspoon. Still nothing.

As I mentioned before, I’m impatient and my bananas were ready. This was no time to fool around. I tossed it all in and figured I’d see what happened.

Soft and Moist Banana Cake

Tips for Making a Soft & Moist Banana Cake

The cake came out great! My suggestion is to use sour milk if you have it. If not, add the vinegar to the milk, let it sit about 10 minutes, but don’t worry if it doesn’t actually curdle.

I will tell you that the cake gets a good sized dome on top while baking. I cut them off before stacking and icing.

The other thing I changed was the icing. I went with a vanilla icing. I considered cream cheese, but didn’t want to take away from the banana flavor.

Soft and Moist Banana Cake

Well, we loved the cake! We shared with our small group (even though the hubs really didn’t want to) and it was a hit with all who had some!

It’s just so perfectly cake-y, not bread-y. It’s dense, yet light. Soft and moist. The perfect light yellow color. And wonderfully banana! My perfect banana cake!

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Soft & Moist Banana Cake slice on purple plate

Soft & Moist Banana Cake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 Slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


This Banana Cake is so soft, moist and banana-y! It’s topped with a creamy vanilla buttercream and fresh banana slices. If you love bananas, you’ll fall in love with this yummy recipe!




  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (23 bananas)
  • 1/4 cup sour milk (you can make sour milk by adding 2 tsp vinegar to milk and let it sit about 10 minutes)
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 35 tbsp water



1. Cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl.
2. Add eggs and mix well.
3. Add flour and baking soda and mix until combined.
4. Add bananas, milk and vanilla and mix well.
5. Pour batter into two prepared 8 inch pans.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs.
7. Cool in pan for 5-10 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.


1. Beat the shortening and butter until smooth.
2. Slowly add half the powdered sugar. Mix until combined.
3. Mix in the vanilla extract and 3 tbsp water.
4. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add more water to get the right consistency.


1. Level both cakes so that they are flat on top and bottom.
2. Cover the top of the bottom layer of cake with icing.
3. Place the other cake on top of the icing.
4. Using an offset spatula, fill in any gaps in the icing around the outside.
5. Ice the outside of the cake with the remaining icing.


If you’d prefer to use a cream cheese icing, check out my recipe for cream cheese icing.

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Recipe modified from Tidy Mom.


This post linked to Inside BruCrew Life, Pint Sized Baker, Chef In Training, Love Bakes Good Cakes, Table For Seven, Tidy Mom, Shaken Together, Living Well Spending Less, Lady Behind The Curtain, What’s Cooking Love?, Chocolate, Chocolate and More, Buns In My Oven, Kitchen Meets Girl, The 36th Avenue, Ashley’s Dandelion Wishes, My Girlish Whims, Ginger Snap Crafts and Hungry Little Girl.

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  1. Erin @ Table for 7

    such a beautiful cake looks delicious! Thank you for sharing at Share Your Stuff Tuesdays! Have a great weekend 🙂

  2. Jocelyn @ BruCrew Life

    I know exactly what you mean about having a “thing” with most things! Haha! Love this beautiful banana cake!!

  3. Donna

    This looks awesome. I always make the one from the Confetti Cakes cookbook but I think I am going to give this one a try. It looks “prettier” on the inside 🙂

  4. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner

    I’ve been looking for an awesome banana cake recipe. You hit it right on…I want it to taste like cake, not bread, otherwise I’d just make banana bread! Pinning to make. 🙂

  5. Heather @ French Press

    your cake looks delicious, and I’m not really a cake person 🙂 thanks for linking up to wake up wednesdays

  6. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig

    Banana cake is one of my faves, especially with the right frosting. Love what you’ve done here and would love to try your recipe!

      1. Clell

        I preferred the original, this version was quite bland and the texture was not good. I tried it three times before going to the original… The frosting is fantastic though! 

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I'm a wife and mom to twin boys and a sweet black lab with a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the sugar!

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