Banana Spice Cake

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This easy to make banana cake is bursting with delicious, warm, cozy fall flavors and topped with scrumptious buttercream frosting.

I wanted to do a post with bananas, so immediately I thought I’d do banana bread. But, that changed when I ran across this banana spice cake recipe in my Treasures From Heaven Cookbook. I hope you enjoy it as much me and my neighbors and I did.

Banana Spice Cake With Buttercream Frosting

Old Fashioned Banana Cake For Fall

I always knew cinnamon was tasty with bananas. However, I never thought of other fall flavors as going with bananas until I made this banana spice cake. Autumn flavors like nutmeg and cloves go with pumpkin and sweet potatoes. Who knew they would match up so well with bananas?

This cake is a combination of banana bread and spice cake. Like banana bread, ripe brown bananas are used and like spice cake, rich, bold fall spices are used. The taste of bananas fused with these spices is phenomenal. It’s then taken to a greater taste level when topped with creamy buttercream frosting.

This cake, like banana bread, is easy to whip up. It can be made as a 13×9 sheet cake or a 9×9 or 8×8 layer cake. So make it for snacking, breakfast, brunch or a birthday party. It also freezes well, so make ahead and save the leftovers.

No matter if this cake is just for snak’n, brunch’n or party’n, it is just perfect for your fall recipe collection. In fact, it’s so good you’ll, probably add it to your year round recipe collection.

Easy Banana Spice Cake Ingredients

Buttercream Frosting Ingredients

  • unsalted butter
  • vanilla
  • powdered sugar
  • milk
Banana Spice Cake With Buttercream

Banana Spice Cake Recipe

  • Sift dry ingredients into large mixing bowl.
  • Add shortening , buttermilk and mashed bananas and mix.
  • Add eggs.
  • Turn batter into pan and bake 30 to 40 minute.
  • Cool for 20 minutes or until it’s cool enough to frost.
  • Frost with buttercream frosting.

Simple Buttercream Frosting Recipe

  • Cream butter and gradually add powdered sugar.
  • Beat in vanilla extract.
  • Frost Cake
Old Fashioned Banana Spice Cake

How to ripen bananas quickly for baking

So, you want to make banana spice cake, banana bread or banana muffins, but you have perfectly yellow, with no brown, bananas. Never fear, this post from Allrecipes gives 3 ways of ripening bananas quickly.

  • Paper Bag Ripening – Will take 1 – 3 days. Put the bananas in a brown paper bag and place them on top of the fridge or another warm location ( I placed some in a warm car). Check the bananas daily until they’re brown enough for baking. The more yellow or green the bananas the longer they will take to ripen.
  • Bake Them In The Oven – Bake at 300 degrees on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet. With space between the unpeeled bananas, place them on a baking sheet. Bake the bananas for 30 minutes and check them every 15 minutes to see if they’re brown enough for baking. It will take under-ripe bananas longer to ripen in the oven.
  • Ripen In The Microwave – With a knife or fork poke the unpeeled bananas all over. On a paper towel or plate, microwave them on high for 30 seconds at a time, repeating until they are brown enough for baking.
The Best Banana Spice Cake

Final Thoughts On This Banana Spice Cake

This easy to make banana cake is dressed up with all of fall’s bold spices and topped with a creamy buttercream frosting. It’s just bursting with delicious autumn flavor. Make sure you bake it and try it this fall.

In case you have any queries regarding the recipe feel free to reach out via the comment section or the contact page. Also, if you have tried this recipe, I would love to hear about your experiences.

I have linked to our related recipes below and I’m sure you will love them.

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Banana Spice Cake With Buttercream Frosting

Old fashioned banana cake made with the warm fall spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword banana cake, spice cake, buttercream frosting, easy cake, 9×13 pan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 18 squares
Calories 330kcal
Cost $3


  • 9×13 pan or (2) 9×9 pans or (3) 8×8 pans
  • Stand or Hand Mixer
  • Long Spatula


Banana Spice Cake Ingredients

  • cups cake flour sifted
  • 1⅔ cups sugar
  • tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 or more tsp cinnamon I used 2
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • cup shortening
  • cup buttermilk
  • cups mashed bananas 3 large bananas
  • 2 eggs

Buttercream Frosting For Banana Cake Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp milk room temperature


Banana Spice Cake Instructions

  • Sift dry ingredients into large mixing bowl.
  • Add shortening, buttermilk and mashed bananas.
  • Mix until all flour is dampened. Then beat at low speed for 2 minutes.
  • Add eggs and beat one minute.
  • Turn batter into pan and bake at 350° for 30 to 40 minute.
  • Cool for 20 minutes or until it's cool enough to frost.
  • Frost with buttercream frosting.

Buttercream Frosting For Banana Cake Instructions

  • Cream butter until smooth and fluffy.
  • Gradually beat in powdered sugar until fully incorporated.
  • Beat in vanilla extract.
  • Frost Cake


If you are doing (2) 9×9 layers double the frosting recipe.
If you are doing (3) 8×8 layers triple the frosting recipe.
I did this recipe by hand with no mixer and it turned out wonderful.
I made this cake as both a 13×9 sheet cake and a 9×9 layer cake.  They were both extremely delicious.


Calories: 330kcal


  1. Lynnette Cheatom says:

    Hi Liz, I am planning to make this as a Snack Cake soon. I have a question can I substitute Allspice in place of the cloves. I do not care for cloves. I will rate once I make the cake it looks so good. Can’t wait. Thanks, Lynnette

    1. I think that would work. Please let me know if you do that. Thanks for your question.

  2. Jane Rowe says:

    The recipe doesn’t give an oven temperature. I’m assuming 350 degrees.

    1. Thanks so much for pointing this out. Yes, 350 degrees. It’s a lovely cake. I hope you enjoy it.

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