This easy recipe for how to make banana cake with cake mix comes from scratch in less than 30 minutes start to finish. Better still, the entire cake is one bowl and a spoon! This budget-friendly recipe is made from scratch but tastes just like boxed cake mix.
Have you ever wanted to make a cake using a cake mix? This is a guide to making banana cake using a cake mix.
Easy Banana Cake
This banana cake using cake mix is positively delicious, easy to make and is topped with an amazing banana flavored whipped cream frosting!
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Once you sink your teeth into this easy banana cake topped with a banana-flavored whipped cream frosting, there’s no going back. With the help of a boxed cake mix and a handful of ingredients, you can be eating this irresistable cake this afternoon!
Why this recipe works
If you have bananas on the counter that are turning brown, and you just aren’t feeling banana bread, you need to make this easy banana cake!
I love to bake from scratch, but sometimes there just isn’t enough time in a day. That’s where this banana cake comes in. I always have a stockpile of cake mixes in the pantry, and I love to doctor them up and make them my own. Everyone that tries this cake loves it, and it’s topped with a banana flavored whipped cream frosting!
Ingredients you will need
Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable version at the end of this post.
Ingredient Info and Substitute Suggestions
CAKE – For this banana cake recipe, you will need the ingredients from the back of the cake mix as well. An important 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.
FROSTING – For the frosting, you will need a box of instant banana pudding mix, some milk, and whipped cream. If you prefer, you can use buttercream frosting or cream cheese frosting for this banana cake.
How to Make Easy Banana Cake
These step by step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make this recipe. Please scroll down to simply print out the recipe!
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 13×9 baking pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together dry cake mix, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.
- 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.
- Beat on low for 15-30 seconds to combine then increase speed to medium-high and beat for two minutes, until well blended.
- 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. Allow cake to fully cool before frosting.
For the Frosting
- In a medium bowl, whisk together milk and pudding and place in refrigerator.
- Beat the whipped cream with a mixer set to high until stiff peaks form. Fold pudding into the whipped cream and spread onto cake.
- Garnish with sliced bananas if desired.
Frequently Asked Questions & Expert Tips
Can I make these into cupcakes?
We have not tested this recipe in cupcake version, though I would imagine it would be just fine. I would suggest filling the cupcake cavities 2/3 full to allow room for the cupcakes to rise. Bake for around 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. You can also refer to the back of the cake mix box you are using to see the suggested bake time for cupcakes. Some oven temperatures run hotter than others, and you definitely want to keep the cupcakes nice and moist, not overdone – so keep an eye on them in the oven around the 20 minute mark.
Banana Cake with Cake Mix
This Easy Banana Cake is made with cake mix and topped with a buttery chocolate frosting. This banana cake is loaded with real banana flavor in every single bite.
Banana cake with cake mix is not only easy, but it could easily become your new favorite dessert.
Banana Cake with Cake Mix
Grab those ripe bananas and a boxed cake mix, and let’s get to baking. This recipe is crazy simple, and your family and kids will eat every single crumb of this delicious cake.
What Are The Best Bananas To use For Baking
You will want to reach for speckled brown bananas when it comes to baking. If you don’t use ripe bananas you will find that the banana flavor will be minimal and lacking.
So reaching for those soon to be overripe bananas are key. Plus you can even buy discounted bananas at some grocery stores when they are close to being expired
You can use Frozen Bananas too
Do you throw your overripe bananas in the freezer? If you don’t, you should!
You can use bananas that have been frozen for this banana cake recipe. You’ll need to let them thaw first, but they won’t need mashed because they’ll already be the perfect mushy consistency.
How To Brown Bananas Fast
One trick you can do is the oven trick. Turn your oven on to 300 degrees. Place your underripe bananas on a baking sheet and bake for 15-30 minutes or until the peels turn black.
Remove from the oven and allow the bananas to cool for around 10 minutes before you peel and use in your recipe.
This helps create that strong banana flavor you are looking for when it comes to baking with bananas.
Can I Use A White Cake Mix Instead
Sure, I love the way yellow pairs with banana but feel free to honestly swap with the white cake if you would prefer. I have done both methods and honestly either works great.
BANANA LAYER CAKE
We’re happy to share an easy, delicious new banana cake with you, and this time it all starts with a simple cake mix!
This ultra moist banana layer cake is bursting with wonderful banana flavor, and we’ve paired it with a dreamy cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
Today’s cake, which is based on a yellow cake mix, comes together in no time and it bakes up nice and tall! We made a three layer 8 inch banana cake (plus a cupcake for taste testing). This recipe is sure to bring rave reviews from your family and friends!
HOW TO MAKE A BANANA LAYER CAKE FROM CAKE MIX
Nobody would ever guess that this amazing banana cake started with a simple yellow cake mix- it has so much flavor from the bananas used in the recipe along with a touch of cinnamon and a splash of vanilla.
The extra ingredients added give this banana cake the characteristics of a scratch recipe, and also allow us to increase the amount of batter in one box of cake mix from a two layer cake recipe to a three layer cake. The banana cake layers are soft, super moist, and fluffy.
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You can find the full, printable cake recipe further down in this post, but here is a quick rundown of our steps!
- First, preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease and flour three 8 inch round cake pans- I also line mine with parchment paper.
- Combine all ingredients in the bowl of your stand mixer and mix on low speed to moisten the ingredients for about 30 seconds. Then increase to medium speed and mix for two minutes. This includes a box of yellow cake mix (sifted), all purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, three mashed ripe bananas, cinnamon, milk, and vanilla extract.
- Divide batter between three prepared 8 inch cake pans (I grease, flour, and line my pans with parchment). Bake at 350 F for about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached. Cool the cake layers in their pans on a wire rack (if you have one) for about 5 minutes before flipping out.
- This recipe makes about 6 1/4 cups batter and it works well for cupcakes also!
CAN CAKE LAYERS BE FROZEN?
Yes! Make your life easier (and your cakes even more moist) by wrapping the freshly baked cake layers while still warm and freezing whenever time allows. This is what we do for any of our cake recipes. Once I’ve allowed the cake layers to cool while in their pans on a wire rack for five minutes, I flip each layer onto a foil-wrapped cake board. (I wrap the boards in foil so that they can be reused). Then, I wrap each warm cake layer with plastic wrap followed by aluminum foil and into the freezer they go! This dramatic temperature change is what causes even more moisture to form which then becomes trapped in the cake. You can freeze your cake layers anywhere from a few hours to up to three months. On the day of decorating the cake, simply allow the cake layers to thaw on the kitchen counter, still wrapped. The condensation will form on the foil rather than the cake layers. *Many decorators prefer to assemble their cakes while the layers are still partially frozen. The layers are less fragile that way.
CINNAMON CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
You may have noticed that we LOVE cream cheese frostings and use them often. Today’s banana cake has one of our favorite cream cheese frostings- a heavenly cinnamon frosting that complements the banana cake perfectly, not to mention that it is incredibly simple to make!
This recipe is just a quick combination of cream cheese, butter, cinnamon, and vanilla. You will have plenty of frosting to be used as both a filling and frosting for this 8 inch banana cake, plus a simple border.
Cream cheese frostings are a softer consistency and so keep in mind that you may need to chill the cake and bowl of frosting as needed to firm things up! In addition, since cream cheese frostings are perishable, you’ll want to refrigerate the finished cake until a couple of hours before serving.