Old-Fashioned Banana Cake

We found this recipe on an old, yellowed index card, tucked away with other family recipes in a forgotten box on a high shelf in our kitchen. The card includes the following note: “May be frosted with a banana frosting or eaten plain.”  Either way, it’s delicious. We love the rich, moist texture and robust banana taste, and agreed that it needs no frosting.

1/2 cup cooking oil
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups mashed bananas
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 cup milk plus 1 tsp. vinegar (mixed together)
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Grease and flour two 8-inch round or square cake pans.

Mix cooking oil and sugar until well blended; add eggs and bananas. Beat well.

Add soda to milk and vinegar mixture. Combine flour, baking powder and salt, then add to banana batter alternately with milk and vinegar mixture. Add chopped nuts (optional) and mix well.

Pour into cake pans and bake at 325F for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.

10 responses to “Old-Fashioned Banana Cake

  1. I made this recipe for thanksgiving, it is really good! It is moist and delicious. I only used one cup of sugar, in which I used half brown and half white.
    I will make this again.

  2. Going to make this tonight. Wish I had the banana frosting recipe.

  3. Just came out of the oven……………really good!!!!!


  4. was ther a banana frosting recipe to go with this cake? And would you share it? Thank Youshesjan

    • Hello, I’m sorry for not replying sooner. No, there was not a frosting recipe to go with this cake; the recipe card was for the cake only. However, the cake is very moist and thus really does not need a frosting. I hope you enjoy it! ~Jen

  5. This is not a cake but banana bread

    • When baked in cake pans as stated in the recipe, it does come out like a cake. The ingredients may be similar to banana bread, but this old family recipe was labeled Banana Cake so I have shared it with the same name. These days I use melted butter or coconut oil in place of the vegetable oil. Either way, we love it and I hope you will enjoy it too. Thanks for stopping by!

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