Banana Cake with Nutella Frosting

A delicious Banana Cake with Nutella Frosting. Sweet, moist banana cake with a nutty, creamy frosting. Doesn’t get much better than this!

Sweet Banana Layer Cake with a creamy Nutella buttercream frosting! Your family will LOVE this recipe!

Nutella is one of those food items that you either love or hate. In my family, we can’t seem to get enough of it.

My oldest daughter is what you might call a Nutella addict. (she is also a Biscoff addict, fruit snack addict, and swim addict).

She even included Nutella on her Christmas list. It’s not like we don’t keep any in the house and I deprive her of it. On the contrary. At any given time there is usually one jar opened with a jar or two waiting in the wings.

But see, that wasn’t enough for her. Because she wanted her own jar, that she can double dip her spoon into, and keep in her room (I also feel it my duty to mention she is a teenage slob).

Sweet Banana Layer Cake with a creamy Nutella buttercream frosting! Your family will LOVE this recipe!

Of course, last week when it came time to make this cake, there was ZERO Nutella in the house. As in, I found three jars in the pantry…but they were all empty. I knew I looked and saw them in there, so I just assumed at least one of those jars was unopened.

But no. All empty. I also found a jar of Biscoff (empty) a jar of peanut butter (empty) and a jar of Jif salted caramel (also empty). Clearly, I’m a slob too who never cleans out the pantry!

I made the cake layers and had to stick them in the freezer. Until I could get to the grocery store to buy more Nutella. As I have recommended in the past, I use these bake even strips to create even, flat layers of cake that don’t need any trimming!

Have you ever frozen cake before? It’s so easy and it’s a perfect way to plan ahead! I let them cool then wrapped them in plastic wrap. Then wrapped them in a layer of foil. It worked great.

Sweet Banana Layer Cake with a creamy Nutella buttercream frosting! Your family will LOVE this recipe!

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Yield: 16 servings

Banana Cake with Nutella Frosting

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Delicious, from scratch Banana Cake recipe with Nutella Frosting


For the cake:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 medium bananas
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 cup powdered sugar


  1. For the cake, grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add in egg, vanilla, and bananas (you can mash them first, but I toss them in and it does the work). Add in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat for a couple minutes until fully blended.
  3. Pour batter evenly between the two cake pans. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool in pans for about 10 minutes. Flip onto a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.
  4. For the frosting, beat butter for two minutes. Add in nutella, powdered sugar and milk. Beat an additional 3-5 minutes. scraping down the sides of the bowl periodically.
  5. To assemble the cake, lay one layer of cooled cake on a cake plate. Spoon frosting over middle layer generously. Top with second layer of cake. Spoon and spread frosting over cake to create a thin crumb layer. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes. Using a spatula, continue frosting the cake with the remaining frosting. If desired, reserve some frosting and place in a pastry bag with tip to decorate. ENJOY.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 473Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 198mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 2gSugar: 50gProtein: 3g

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Posted on February 20, 2015

Comments & Reviews

  1. This is a five star recipe for sure!!

    I used 3 medium frozen bananas and other than a couple small changes, I followed recipe. I took the idea of adding chocolate ganache from another recipe similar to this one and put it between the layers and on top of the cake as well. I also only used 2 cups of powdered sugar instead of 4. This recipe was not only very quick and easy to follow, it used ingredients I already had on hand. I am a slow cook/baker, but even I knocked this cake off quite fast!

    The only issue I had was that upon trying to decorate it using piping bags, there were little beads of nutella throughout the frosting that didn’t get smoothed out while beating the batter. These got stuck in the tip of the piping tip when I used smaller tips like #2 & #30. This of coarse is not a recipe issue, just want to give readers a heads up. I looked in the two containers of nutella and upon closer inspection, noticed that they both did have a few small beads or lumps throughout.

    Thanks so much for sharing this amazing cake recipe Aimee! My husband said he already knows what type of cake he wants for his next birthday! Lol His birthday isn’t for another 9 months.

  2. Can’t wait to make this! I would normally use very over ripe frozen bananas to make this. In your opinion, will thawed ones work here, or would they have too much moisture to make a great cake??

    Thanks so much for sharing, I will let you know how mine turns out:

    1. I usually wait until they are yellow (even with some brown on the skin). This adds extra flavor and sweetness!

  3. Hi there, trying this weekend. Does it matter what kind of milk you use? 1% ? I do have buttermilk in the fridge but is that too thick?

    Thank you!

    1. I usually have skim milk on hand, so that’s what I use…1% or 2% is also good! Anything thicker and you may need to add a little extra…

  4. I want to make this cake because it looks delicious, but is there a liquid in the batter. I would think that either milk or buttermilk would be necessary to allow you to pour it into the pans. Thanks.

  5. Hi!! I´m from Brazil, and this weekend I made this cake, it was great! The cake was very soft and delicious.  Congrats! 😀

  6. Man, this looks good! I’m thinking about making it for my birthday (yes, I always bake myself a cake). But I’d have to do it the day before my party – think it’d be fine in the refrigerator overnight?

    Also, I am a Nutella convert – I started out disliking it then over time somehow grew to like it. Partly a great development, partly dangerous!

    1. I bake my own cakes too 🙂 The cake is fine made a day in advance. I usually keep in in a cake server on my counter 🙂 ENJOY!!

  7. Thanks for giving me a new way to enjoy banana and Nutella! This frosting!! Drool! Also, have you really met someone who HATES Nutella?? Wow, I guess there’s a first time for everything!

  8. This cake looks amazing! Nutella and anything is a good combination but you just make it look even more gorgeous!

  9. Gorgeous cake, Aimee! And I’m with you on the freezing. So easy and it works great! My only thing is that I love the taste of frozen cake (weird, I know) so I kind of have a hard time waiting for it to defrost.
    By the way, your piping rocks. And your daughter rocks for putting Nutella on her gift list!

  10. Your oldest is my kind of girl! Love Nutella and the combination with banana cake sounds mighty delicious! I am so glad to know freezing the cake works so well. One day, I will have to try because sometimes it’s hard to time baking/cooling cake and making the frosting in a day when you need to be in/out of the house!

  11. What a gorgeous cake!!! The soft and fluffy cake and then that Nutella frosting..OMG! I wish I could be the bowl-licker 🙂 What a beauty!!

  12. I am addicted to Nutella. It is not allowed in the house unless I plan to use it right away for a recipe. Otherwise, I’d eat the whole jar! Much like how I’d eat this whole cake because you combined two of my favorite things. Bananas and Nutella, swoon!

  13. My husband is always putting empty jars into the pantry. I get so mad at him for that exact reason. I would want my own jar too. Just to know I would have some. Now this cake is amazing. You should go to one of the warehouse stores and get one of those massive jars.

  14. I’m such a Nutella addict. I’ll only buy it if I’m using it for a recipe, otherwise I’ll just sit there with a spoon eating it! This cake is so perfect! Bananas and Nutella are such a winning combination together!

  15. This looks so crazy good!! I love banana and nutella together so much!!! And I’m cracking up at all the empty jars you threw away before getting to make this frosting…I’ve had to do that before too 🙂

  16. Aimee, this looks so good! And the fact that it has Nutella in it – bonus! Do you know, I have never frozen a cake before? I have to try that! Thanks for the suggestion! Pinned!

  17. bahahaaaaa I LOVE that your daughter wanted her own jar of Nutella!

    This cake is beaaautiful and looks so completely and totally delicious! that frosting totally makes it!

  18. Who are these so called Nutella haters? I know of no such thing. That’s crazy town. They don’t deserve cake. I’ll take their slices.

  19. Love the look of the nutella frosting! We’re always putting nutella on bananas, so I know this cake would be a hit at my house!

  20. This cake is SO PRETTY!! And how did I NOT know that you can freeze cake? Clearly I need to make more cakes in my life.
    Like this one. Bananas, chocolate and hazelnut? YOU CAN’T GO WRONG! Pinned!

    1. Oh yes, you can totally freeze cake layers!!! Actually, I freeze cakes after baking and frosting too occasionally. Just to get the goodies off the counter 🙂

  21. Wait. Did you say that there are people who don’t like Nutella? I never knew they existed! I honestly don’t think I can be friends with them. On second thought, maybe I can so I can eat this cake by myself. Hahaha!

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