Banana Spice Cake


A cake that’s moist, aromatic, and topped with the most luscious frosting. Banana haters will still love this one.

No complicated steps or weird ingredients. This recipe is made for every home baker.

Banana bread is good. Banana cake is better.

Banana Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

A moist and easy to make banana cake with the best cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Serving Size 24 servings


  • Rimmed baking sheet I use 10 x 15



  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 ¼ cups cake flour see notes for substitutions
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • 2 bananas very ripe and mashed
  • 1 cup milk

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar


  • Prep. Preheat oven to 375 degrees with rack in the center.  Prepare cake pan with parchment and/ or baking spray.
  • Wet ingredients. Beat the sugar, eggs, and vegetable oil with an electric mixer on medium speed in a large mixing bowl.  
    wet and dry ingredients in mixing bowl.
  • Dry ingredients. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the milk and dry ingredients to the sugar mixture, alternating between the milk and the flour mixture.  Mix on low until just combined.  The batter will be thin.
    batter. with dry ingredients and mashed banana added.
  • Bake. Pour cake batter into prepared pan and bake 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack
    cake batter before and after baking.
  • Make the frosting. Blend the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla with an electric hand mixer until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until the frosting reaches your desired consistency and sweetness. If it is too stiff, add a bit of milk.
    small bowl of icing being spread onto baked cake.


This cake is better the next day!
Adjust the cream cheese frosting to your preference.  You may like it more or less sweet.

You’ll need the following for this easy cake:

  • Vegetable oil
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Cake flour (or your preferred substitute)
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Ground ginger
  • Allspice
  • Very ripe bananas
  • Milk
  • Cream cheese
  • Unsalted butter
  • Vanilla
  • Powdered sugar
ingredients on marble counter.

🥫 Storage instructions

  • For short-term, you can store the cake in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • If you’re thinking ahead, this cake freezes well! Wrap the unfrosted cake tightly in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil, and freeze. When you’re ready to enjoy, thaw it in the fridge overnight and then frost.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Don’t have all the spices? No worries. Play around with what you have. The key is the banana and cream cheese combo.
  • Use overripe bananas; the spottier, the better. They’re sweeter and mash easily.
  • Always check the cake a few minutes before the timer. Ovens vary!
  • If your frosting feels too thick, a splash of milk will make it silky smooth.

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🍽 Serve it with

  • A scoop of vanilla or cinnamon ice cream.
  • A hot cup of chai or coffee.
slice of spice cake with bite missing.
Banana Spice Cake

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