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Banana Spice Cake

A moist and easy to make banana cake with the best cream cheese frosting.

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

finished banana spice cake.

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Delightfully Flavorful: The unique blend of spices with ripe bananas creates a memorable taste.
  • Foolproof & Simple: No complicated steps or weird ingredients. This recipe is made for every home baker.
  • Versatile: It’s a fantastic choice for any occasion, be it a casual gathering or a festive party.
  • Cream Cheese Goodness: The frosting isn’t just an afterthought. It complements the cake, ensuring every bite is perfect.

This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of the page.

ingredients on marble counter.

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


Step One: start the cake batter

wet and dry ingredients in mixing bowl.

Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. Make sure your cake pan is ready to go with a little parchment or a spritz of baking spray.

Grab a large bowl and with your electric mixer, whisk together sugar, eggs, and vegetable oil. You’re aiming for a smooth blend.

Step Two: add bananas

batter. with dry ingredients and mashed banana added.

In a different bowl, mix all those dry ingredients together. Now, add them to your sugar mix, alternating with the milk. Remember, we want a thin batter, so don’t overdo the mixing.

Step three: bake

cake batter before and after baking.

Pour your batter into the pan and bake. After about 30-40 minutes, do the toothpick test. Once it comes out clean, you’re golden. Let it cool on a wire rack.

Step Four: frost

small bowl of icing being spread onto baked cake.

For this creamy dream, start by mixing butter, cream cheese, and vanilla. Slowly add the powdered sugar, tasting as you go, until you get that sweet spot.

🥫 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.

📖 Here’s the recipe

cake server lifting out slice of banana spice cake.
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Banana Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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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
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  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.


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


Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: banana spice cake
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 190kcal
Author: Katie Shaw
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