Easy Banana Cake

Barb brought this cake into our office and I vowed I wasn't going to eat any...but temptation gave in and I was in love at first bite!  The light whipped topping and the moist (sorry...not sorry) banana cake had me asking for the recipe!

Amanda Formaro gets the credit for the recipe and Barb gets cursed (I mean praised) for bringing it to the office!

Check out Amanda's cooking website at the bottom of this post.


Equipment

  • 13x9 baking pan
  • Stand mixer
  • Whisk
  • Rubber spatula

Ingredients

  • 16.25 ounce box white cake mix PLUS ingredients on back of box (you need milk in place of the water on the box)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Milk use measurement on cake mix box
  • 3 medium ripe bananas mashed or broken into large chunks

Frosting

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3.4 ounce package banana cream instant pudding
  • 1 cup milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 13x9 baking pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together dry cake mix, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.
    bowl of cake mix with spices
  • Use milk in place of the water on the back of the cake mix box and use whole eggs instead of egg whites. Use oil as directed on box. Add milk, eggs, oil and bananas to the mixing bowl.
    eggs in a bowl of cake mix
  • NOTE: Some white cake mixes have two versions, one with egg whites and one with whole eggs. If yours has this option, use the number of eggs called for in the whole-egg version.
    bananas in bowl with other cake ingredients
  • Beat on low for 15-30 second to combine then increase speed to medium high and beat for two minutes, until well blended.
    cake batter in bowl
  • Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until cake springs back when gently touched in the center.
    cake batter in a cake pan

For the Frosting

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together milk and pudding and place in refrigerator.
    pudding in a bowl with whisk
  • Beat the whipped cream in a mixer on high until stiff peaks form. Fold pudding into the whipped cream and spread onto cake.
    whipped topping added to pudding in bowl
  • Garnish with sliced bananas if desired.

Notes

  • This is a repeat from above, but wanted to make sure you saw it. Some white cake mixes have two versions, one with egg whites and one with whole eggs. If yours has this option, use the number of eggs called for in the whole-egg version.
  • If you prefer, you can use buttercream frosting or cream cheese frosting for this banana cake.
  • If you are going to garnish the cake with banana slices, wait until you are ready to serve so the banana slices don't brown.

Here is the link to Amanda's Cookin