The Vintage Recipe Project: Banana Cake

The Vintage Recipe Project

Banana Cake

This vintage recipe for Banana Cake comes from The Kitchen Kapers Cook Book.  Recipes compiled by The Woman’s Society of Christian Service First Methodist Church of Dover, Ohio.  I did a little extra research and I believe this cookbook could be from as early as 1930. The recipe was submitted by Lulu Exline. 

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Vintage Banana Cake Recipe

Original Recipe as written in the cookbook

1 ¼ cup white sugar
1 cup sour or buttermilk
½ cup butter
1 tsp soda
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 ½ cups flour
2 bananas
1 tsp baking powder
Mash bananas fine, set aside. Cream butter and sugar add eggs, add bananas, dissolve soda in butter milk add with flour alternately to which baking powder has been added.

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The above recipe is copied as is. There were no baking instructions.
I made a couple of adjustments to the recipe. I increased the bananas to 3 instead of 2. I also added ½ tsp of salt. 

Modern day adjustments and mixing directions below.
The recipe will fill 2 nine inch cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or when a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
You could also use loaf pans or make cupcakes with this recipe. You will have to adjust the cooking times of course.
This was really one of the best recipes for banana cake that I ever tasted. The cake was fluffy and moist with a great banana flavor.
 I used about a half a can of chocolate frosting for the filling and left the top and sides unfrosted. This will be my go to recipe for banana bread, muffins or cake from now on.

 Vintage Recipe: Banana Cake


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Banana Cake with a Chocolate frosting filling

 My version of this vintage recipe. 

I made some slight changes to the vintage recipe above. Same ingredients, with the exception that I added one more banana and ½ tsp of salt.

1 ¼ cup white sugar
1 cup sour or buttermilk
½ cup butter
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 ½ cups flour
3 bananas
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp table salt
Prepare two 9 inch cake pans by greasing them with solid shortening and flouring them.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Mix flour with all of the dry ingredients and whisk to incorporate.
 Mash 3 bananas in a medium sized bowl.
Cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time and beat until fluffy.
Add buttermilk and vanilla to the bananas and mix well.
Fold banana mixture into the sugar, butter and eggs and mix well.
Slowly fold flour mixture into the other ingredients. Fold until all ingredients are moist.
Pour batter into the prepared cake pans and bake for 30 minutes. Make adjustments to baking time according to your own oven.


  1. Very interesting recipe. I'd like to make this cake :)

  2. Kate@Diethood says:

    This sounds incredibly delicious… I love the banana and vanilla combination!

  3. Yum! This sounds so good!

  4. Oh I really love this! Banana cake sounds amazing…especially paired with chocolate frosting!

  5. i am so trying this!

  6. briarrose says:

    Yum! The chocolate frosting in between the layers is a wonderful addition.

  7. Saw you post on Blogs by Heather and thought I'd check you out. :) Glad I did! What a great recipe! I look forward to making this for my family. And to seeing what else you have instore. :)

  8. I made this yesterday and it was amazing! Thank you so much!

  9. I( just now) came across this lovely (and easy to prepare) banana cake. I’ll definately make it as soon as I buy more bananas and some buttermilk. I plan to use ‘Orange Glaze” on it instead of Chocolate Frosting….but I’m sure that would be delicious, as well. You definately can’t beat those old recipes! This looks to be very close to a cake which my mom made many years ago, so I’m anxious to try it.


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