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Best Banana Sheet Cake Recipe

This moist, delicious banana sheet cake recipe is so much better than banana bread. It's perfect for any party or special occasion.

If you're looking for a big cake with a delicious blend of flavors it's time to do a happy dance because you are at the right place. This is the best banana sheet cake recipe I have ever tasted.

It's easy to make and can be topped with brown butter frosting or a rich cream cheese frosting and because it's a sheet cake, it's perfect for large gatherings.

Close up of banana sheet cake on a sheet pan with a piece taken out

This easy banana cake is the perfect recipe to make any time you have some extra ripe bananas in the house and don't feel like making the usual, albeit delicious, banana bread (this is my favorite recipe!). It's packed with just the right amount of banana flavor and may be the moistest cake you've ever made.

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🍌Ingredients

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

Close up of Banana Sheet Cake on a blue Pioneer Woman plate
  • granulated sugar
  • sour cream
  • unsalted butter
  • large eggs
  • overripe bananas
  • vanilla extract
  • all purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • salt

Browned Butter Frosting

See recipe card for quantities for the above.

Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ¾ cups confectioners' sugar

📋Instructions

This is an overview of the instructions. Full instructions and nutritional information can be found in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.

Fresh out of the oven banana sheet cake before adding frosting
  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Grease and flour 10x15 jelly roll pan or sheet pan of the same dimensions.
  • Place first four ingredients in a large mixing bowl and use an electric mixer with the paddle attachment to beat on high speed until creamy.
  • Blend in mashed bananas and vanilla and using paddle attachment to beat on medium speed for one minute.
  • In a small bowl stir together flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients flour mixture to banana mixture and blend on low speed for one additional minute.
  • Spread banana cake batter in prepared pan.
  • Bake time of 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.
Banana Sheet Cake being cut into slices
  • Remove from oven and place pan on wire rack and frost the top of the cake with frosting once it has reached room temperature.

Browned Butter Frosting

Browned Butter Frosting in Pot being mixed with a wooden spoon
  • Heat butter in saucepan over medium heat past the melting point until it is boiling and light brown.
  • Remove from the heat and immediately add the remaining ingredients. This should be thicker than a glaze, and thinner than frosting.
  • Smooth over the top of the banana sheet cake immediately.
  • Serve!

Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting In Bowl

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Gradually beat in enough confectioners' sugar to achieve desired consistency. Frost cake. Store in the refrigerator.

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📖 Variations

  • I've given the recipe for browned butter frosting and cream cheese icing but no matter which kind of frosting you use, this cake is delicious. p.s. You could also use a caramel frosting for an additional layer of flavor.
  • Is chocolate your thing? If so, you can add 1 cup of chocolate chips as the last step using a rubber spatula to gently fold them into the batter before pouring it into the jelly roll pan.

🍽 Equipment

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Great Jones Half-Sized Sheet Pan
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10 x 15 inch Jelly roll pan or rimmed baking sheet or whatever bakeware you normally use to make a regular sheet cake.

KitchenAid Magnolia Home Cordless 7 Speed Hand Mixer from Target
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Hand Mixer or Electric Mixer - I love my KitchenAid cordless hand mixer. It's very convenient and stays charged throughout my mixing process...and even though mine is black, I especially love it in the new Magnolia Home color!

Measuring Cups and Spoons, Spatula, and Bowls - the basics!

🍱Storage

Cover cake with foil or plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator. To keep the covering from sticking to the icing, stick toothpicks at regular intervals and then cover with foil or plastic wrap. It's an old trick but it works great!

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If you click on the number of servings in the recipe card below ⬇️ you can adjust the measurements up or down for the exact number of servings you need.

📖 Recipe

Banana Sheet Cake Recipe

This moist, delicious banana sheet cake recipe is so much better than banana bread. It's perfect for any party or special occasion.
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Close up of Banana Sheet Cake on a blue Pioneer Woman plate
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:40 mins

Ingredients

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ¾ cups ripe bananas 3 or 4 ripe bananas mashed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt

Browned Butter Frosting Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 tablespoon milk can use milk or half and half

Instructions

Cake Directions

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Grease and flour 10x15 jelly roll pan.
  • Beat first four ingredients with mixer until creamy.
    1 ½ cups sugar, 1 cup sour cream, ½ cup butter, 2 eggs
  • Blend in bananas and vanilla on medium speed for one minute.
    1 ¾ cups ripe bananas, 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Add dry ingredients and blend one minute.
    2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ¾ teaspoon salt
  • Spread in pan.
  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.
  • Cool.

Browned Butter Frosting Directions

  • Heat butter in saucepan over medium heat past the melting point until it is boiling and light brown.
    ½ cup butter
  • Remove from the heat and immediately add the remaining ingredients. This should be thicker than a glaze, and thinner than frosting.
    4 cups powdered sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla, 3 tablespoon milk
  • Smooth over the top of the banana sheet cake immediately.
  • Serve and Enjoy!

As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.

Nutrition

Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 326IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 268kcal
Author: Mary Beth
Cost: $8.00

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