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Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

As a mother of three sons, sweets are a staple in my kitchen! I buy ripe fruit on sale and freeze it to make this cake. My banana cake with cream cheese frosting is a favorite among loved ones at my family picnics and dinners. —Bonnie Krause, Irvona, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    18 servings

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, separated, room temperature
  • 2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 medium)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • Sliced banana, optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add bananas and milk; mix just until combined. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture just until blended.
  • In another bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold into batter. Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and salt; beat until smooth. Spread over cake. Store in the refrigerator. If desired, serve with sliced bananas.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 416 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 269mg sodium, 66g carbohydrate (47g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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