Banana Snack Cakes

Banana Snack Cakes

When I was just a teenager I worked at Little Caesar’s (pizza!pizza!). One of my favorite things was to work Sundays, when it was a little slower. Our pizza place was in a strip mall and my boss would always send one of us down to the Walgreen’s next door for some of the 2/$1 bags of candy. Then she would send someone else to the Sara Lee Outlet next door to buy some individual snack cakes.

She would buy these delicious Banana cakes and we would keep them in the freezer! OMG they were so yummy!

I decided it was time to recreate those snack cakes. Only, I made mine much thinner.

Why, you ask? Well, as good as they would be baked up thick, I prefer a better frosting to cake ratio!

Banana Snack Cakes

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Banana Snack Cakes

Delicious, moist banana cakes frosted with creamy vanilla bean frosting!


    For the Cake:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 3 medium bananas
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup skim milk


  1. For the cake, beat butter and sugar until creamy, about 3-4 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla bean paste. Add in bananas, beating until smooth and mashed. Add in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pour batter into a greased and floured 15x10 baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 18-22 minutes. Remove and cool completely.
  2. For the frosting, beat butter with vanilla paste, powdered sugar and milk until creamy (about 5 minutes). Spread over cooled cake, cut into large slices. ENJOY!
  3. **if you don't have vanilla bean paste, you can substitute vanilla extract or one vanilla bean



29 Responses to “Banana Snack Cakes”

  1. posted Oct 28, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Love your new look!

  2. posted Oct 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Oh I love your new look! and i love this recipe! I will be bookmarking this to make later! Thanks for sharing!

    • aimee
      posted Oct 29, 2012 at 7:31 am

      Thank you Pamela!!!

  3. posted Oct 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I love banana anything – especially little bars or a little snack cake like this. Perfect for ripe bananas!

    • aimee
      posted Oct 29, 2012 at 7:31 am

      You are the banana baking queen Averie!

  4. posted Oct 28, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I am with Averie…I heart all baked goods with banana in them! This frosting sounds very yummy! And I totally agree with your cake to frosting ratio:-)

    • aimee
      posted Oct 29, 2012 at 7:31 am

      Totally necessary, right?

  5. posted Oct 28, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I think I need a pin it board just for banana cakes. Oh my this sounds yummy! yummy! 😉

    • aimee
      posted Oct 29, 2012 at 7:28 am

      I have so many pin boards, but I had been contemplating one just for bananas :)

  6. posted Oct 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Aimee! I love love love loved sundays when I was a waitress – it was SO slow and so glorious. Boring at times, but it was just fun to sit around and have fun with my coworkers and play around. :) If I had cakes like these, it would make it even BETTER. I love banana anything. I’ve never made a banana snack cake before, though. That frosting looks and sounds INCREDIBLE!

    • aimee
      posted Oct 29, 2012 at 7:29 am

      Thanks Sally! I hope you try it!!

  7. posted Oct 28, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Ooooh, these banana bars look yummo! I love vanilla bean paste and have some on hand! I need to make these soon. :) I really like your new blog look, too!

    • aimee
      posted Oct 29, 2012 at 7:30 am

      Leslie, I LOVE vanilla bean paste, so glad you have some on hand!!! Thanks for the sweet words on my blog design!!

  8. posted Oct 28, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I read this and had all the ingredients so of course I had to make it tonight. I never had the Sara Lee snack cakes, but had a vague memory of Little Debbie having them. As soon as I smelled the batter, it came to me. Banana Twins! It’s in the oven now and smells SO good!

    • aimee
      posted Oct 29, 2012 at 7:30 am

      OOooooh banana twins!!! YES!! Hope you are enjoying some cake for breakfast!

  9. posted Oct 29, 2012 at 12:09 am

    As soon as I saw this photo I thought “I love that there is as much frosting as cake”! I like the way you think :)

    • aimee
      posted Oct 29, 2012 at 7:30 am

      Is there any other way?

  10. posted Oct 29, 2012 at 1:43 am

    I think I will have few leftover bananas soon.. 😀

  11. posted Oct 29, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I like how you think. . .a proper frosting to cake ratio is important! :) Thanks for mentioning my banana cake!

  12. Liz
    posted Oct 29, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I prefer lots of frosting on my cakes too. It just make the cake so much better! :)

  13. posted Oct 29, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Oh my heavens. Banana snack cake is one of my favorites!! I remember as a kid my parents would sometimes take us to Smart and Final to get the huge banana sheet cake. I gobbled it all up and maybe snuck in a few extra bites of cake when they weren’t looking :) this looks awesome!

    • aimee
      posted Oct 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks Hayley!! Love those childhood memories :)

  14. posted Oct 29, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Cake should always be allowed to be snacks. :) Especially yummy banana ones like this!!

  15. posted Oct 30, 2012 at 12:38 am

    i love banana cake… these are perfect little snack cakes

  16. posted Oct 30, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Mmm. When I was a kid, banana was my favorite flavor and even now, I find myself gravitating to anything banana flavored.

  17. posted Nov 13, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Amazing post, as usual… I can’t wait to bake it this weekend :)

  18. Renagle
    posted Mar 31, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Made this cake today in the 15″ x 10″ baking sheet. It turned out exactly as the picture shows. I did not have any vanilla paste so substituted real vanilla extract in the same amounts. My family loves this and it will be a staple for taking to bake sales, etc. it is a super recipe! Thank you!

  19. Natasha
    posted Jun 25, 2014 at 2:01 am

    This recipe looks delicious!! But, what temperature should I set my oven to when using an 13×9 pan and how long should it bake?


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