Use ripe bananas with this delicious, moist Banana Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe, delicious for any party or holiday gathering! This post has been updated with a VIDEO!

Banana Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

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Birthday celebrations … it’s such a joy to honor another person and celebrate another year of life with them. (This post has been updated from 5 years ago, with new photography + VIDEO). :)

Which brings me to my post today about my Dad and Banana Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe–his favorite cake!

When Dad turned 75, we had a party! Being a family tradition to cook a family favorite German dish called Fleischkuechle with my sisters, we also made a scrumptious cake!

We were happy to gather, to celebrate another year of our Dad’s life. Isn’t every year a gift from God?

I also knew that Dad loved banana cake, and guess what was sitting on my kitchen counter?

Yup – 5 very ripe bananas just waiting to be mashed and baked into a delicious cake.

Banana Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Banana Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Pulling out my Mom’s church cookbook that she gave me for my 30th birthday, I thumbed to the “cake” section where I already had this recipe earmarked, and made one of her favorite cakes: Banana Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. I combined the recipes from 2 different pages because I had made notes in the book that these recipes were delicious together.

A tip about banana cake is that you can make ahead of time, and freeze the layers on a cookie sheet in the freezer! Pull out of the freezer, frost, and serve!

We layered the 3 cakes together differently this time, with cream cheese frosting in between and the frosting on top.

The lemon in the frosting is superb and so tasty!

Or, many times I’ve frosted the entire cake!

Banana Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Either way, it’s pure yumminess!

And then my sisters and I served up the dessert …

What’s your “go-to” birthday cake to make for a special person? Do you ask them first what they like, or like me, use up what you already have in the kitchen?

Banana Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

More banana recipes: Banana Chocolate Chip Snack Cake, Easy-Stir Banana Raspberry Bread Recipe, and No-Bake Banana Dream Dessert.

Banana Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
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Banana Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: 8 -12
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  • 2/3 cup of butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 mashed banana
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnut


  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 3 cup powdered sugar
  • 6 tbsp softened butter
  • 4 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 c chopped walnuts



  • Cream together butter, eggs, and sugar. Add vanilla and buttermilk.
  • Mix dry ingredients together and add to the creamed mixture.
  • Add bananas and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. Mix well.
  • Pour into 2 (or 3 small) well-greased cake pans.
  • Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.
  • Cool for 15 minutes and remove from pans. Frost the cake and serve!


  • With hand mixer, combine cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add vanilla and lemon zest, continuing to mix. Add in powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Mix until smooth. 
  • Divide frosting into thirds in between each cake layer making sure to push frosting in large globs (not smooth) to the edges of the cake. Once frosting is done, sprinkle walnuts on top and place cake in refrigerator for at least an hour, allowing frosting to harden slightly (this makes cutting the cake much easier).
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 Banana Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe