To Die For Banana Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting


When I see that I have overripe bananas I can’t help but get excited because it always gives me an excuse to make some kind of banana bread or dessert. And now that I’ve tried this insanely delicious recipe from Butteryum I have one more excuse to buy an abundance of bananas.

To Die For Banana Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting | Cooking Classy

This cake is truly over the top delectable! It’s so irresistible and  thanks to the vanilla bean frosting it’s perfectly decadent. I made it this past Sunday since I was having my family over for dinner and it was definitely loved by all. And I was so glad we had just a few slices left for the next day since I made the double batch (which is the recipe posted below).

You’ll love how incredibly easy and quick it is to make this cake. The cake batter only uses one bowl then you just wash it out and use that same one for the frosting. This will likely become one of your go to desserts for that reason alone.

You have got to try this one! It’s seriously delicious!

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To Die For Banana Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting

4.25 from 4 votes

This has quickly become one of my go-to cake recipes and one of my favorite uses for overripe bananas! It's so easy to make and everywhere I take it people always love it!

Servings: 20
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes


  • 1 1/3 cups (286g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (2oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (228g) sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (368g) mashed overripe bananas (from about 3 large)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (290g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • Seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  1. For the cake:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 13 by 9-inch baking dish then set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl and using an electric hand mixer), cream together sugar and butter then mix in sour cream and eggs (occasionally scrape down bowl throughout mixing process). Stir in mashed banana and vanilla extract. Add the flour, salt and baking soda then mix well.
  4. Pour batter into prepared baking dish, spread into an even layer and bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 33 - 38 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack before frosting.
  5. For the frosting:
  6. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using a mixing bowl and hand mixer), mix together butter, powdered sugar and vanilla bean seeds. Slowly add in heavy cream and mix until smooth and fluffy. Spread over cooled cake. Store cake in refrigerator in an airtight container. Let rest and room temperature a bit before serving.
  7. Recipe Source: adapted from Butteryum
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Banana Cake
Author: Jaclyn


  • Barbara: I haven’t tried the recipe yet! May 16, 2019 at 11:41am Reply

  • bee: Made this after I read to die for. But it was not even close. Edible,yes, but not as good as my Banana bread. ): September 26, 2018 at 10:32pm Reply

    • Dianne: Me Too. It came out gooey,but tasted good nonetheless October 3, 2018 at 7:52am Reply

  • Debra: I have used this recipe twice. It comes out of the oven beautifully. I used brown sugar in place of white and a teaspoon of cinnamon. My family members are not fans of frosting, but with the bannana, brown sugar and cinnamon combo this comes out plenty sweet enpugh. May 1, 2018 at 9:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you enjoyed it – thanks for your feedback! May 2, 2018 at 3:00pm Reply

  • Jennifer: I would like to make this for a birthday cake and am wondering if I can make it in 2 round cake pans? If so, how would I need to change the recipe? April 24, 2018 at 3:11pm Reply

  • Deb: Made this easy delish cake. Used brown sugar and added a touch of cinnamon. Turned out very nice. April 18, 2018 at 9:54am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you enjoyed it! April 18, 2018 at 10:27am Reply

  • Gloria: I made the cake. It was very good.
    I didn’t make the frosting because I didn’t have Vanilla beans. I used a cooked fluffy white frosting instead.
    This cake is delicious! March 23, 2018 at 6:48am Reply

  • kris: I have made this cake a few times now! I add a teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 t. of nutmeg! This recipe is so easy and my family loves it! thanks!! February 11, 2018 at 2:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, glad you loved the banana cake! February 12, 2018 at 10:17am Reply

  • Randi: This recipe looks lovely… I’m wanting to make it for my brother’s birthday… However, have you ever tried to turn it out of a pan? I’m planning on making a layered cake? Wondering if it will hold together? May 17, 2017 at 7:45pm Reply

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