Grandma’s Banana Nut Cake

Old-fashioned, melt-in-your-mouth comfort cake.  That’s what this is!  When we had our second baby, my mom and dad set up shop in our house for a couple days.  Mom noticed the ripe bananas and gave grandma a call.  This cake ended the feast that welcomed us home, and I’ve been making it ever since.

Grandma’s Banana Cake

  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c.  softened butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. mashed bananas
  • 1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Cream sugars, butter, and eggs.  Add milk; mix well.  Combine flour, soda, and salt; add to wet mixture.  Stir in bananas and walnuts.  Pour in a greased 9×13 pan.  Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes.  Cool slightly.

Brown Sugar Icing

  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 5 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1 c. (or more) powdered sugar

In a saucepan, melt brown sugar and butter together.  Add milk.  Cook 3 minutes.  Cool slightly, then add sifted powdered sugar to spreadable consistency.  Spread on warm banana cake.

What’s your favorite old-fashioned dessert?


  1. Can this cake be baked and shipped to me overnight???

  2. Oooh myyyyyyy… I know what’s happening to my old bananas on the counter!! mmmmmm 😀

  3. Tina from PA says:

    How did you know I have bananas I have to use up ?I’ve been looking for something different to bake ,other than the old stand by banana bread.Thanks for sharing a great recipe !!

  4. Mmmmm, I’ve never made Banana Cake, but I’ll have to give it a try. I have a ton of ripe bananas just waiting to be used.

  5. Oh yum. Good thing I just finished baking a batch of my MIL’s banana cookie recipe! 🙂 This looks delicious!

  6. Sounds delicious!

  7. Oh YUM!!!!!! That looks devine! 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

  8. I just made this for the second time, yum!!

  9. This was simply divine! I definitely used more than one cup of banana, but once I mashed up 3, I didn’t want to toss any. This cake was super moist and the frosting was delicious! I was hoping to recreate my grandmother’s banana cake, and while this is very different from the one I grew up with, it is very good. I will definitely be making this again!

  10. Sharla Phillips says:

    I have been searching endlessly for a banana walnut cake recipe closest to my Grandmother’s. She had the most awesome banana walnut cake she used to make every Thanksgiving and Christmas. When we had these get togethers at our house my Dad would always have her make two of them…one to set out for everyone else and one to keep for himself and when she passed away all of her cookbooks and recipes this is I think the closest to her recipe…Im going to try it anyway…I bet ya it will be eaten at any cost.

  11. This is the best banana cake ever. What I love about this recipe is not only is it so simple, but the ingredients are always in my pantry. I have shared this recipe with several friends and everyone loves it!

  12. I made this last night and it came out really nice. It was the right consistency. I did a couple changes. Instead of using 1.5 cup all-purpose flour, I used 1 cup all-purpose and 1/2 cup wheat flour. I also reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup and increased the amount of bananas since I had so many ripe bananas. Thanks so much for the recipe. Will def make it again. Please let me know if you have more recipes.

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