Whole cake on green serving plate decorated with fresh blueberries

Banana Layer Cake is full of banana flavor layered with fresh blueberries between the cake layers. The cake is moist with a slightly dense crumb and oh so delicious. It is then frosted with a delicious and creamy Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting full of fresh lemon juice and citrus zest. The finishing touch is more fresh blueberries to decorate the top and edges of the cake!

This banana layer cake is a perfect birthday cake or just any day dessert. I like to serve it in the spring, which is why I happened to make it for my mom’s birthday, which is also in the spring! The citrus flavor in the frosting compliments the banana cake, making it a great pairing.

A whole Banana Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting on a green cake server

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Banana Cake for Mom’s Birthday

I made this particular Banana Layer Cake for my Mom’s birthday in 2010! I just love the photo below of her all smiles and holding her birthday cake! It is a well-known fact with my family that I love blueberry and lemon combination. After all, my favorite cookie of all time is my soft and tender recipe for Blueberry Cookies with Lemon Glaze!

This Banana Layer Cake and citrus-flavored icing go well with just about any fruit. I have made it with blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. I’m pretty sure strawberries would go well also! The original recipe is a Cooking Light recipe that I have slightly adapted to make my own. It is not only delicious but can really be a showstopper for a birthday dessert and is one of my favorite banana cake recipes!

Mom holding her birthday cake

Common questions on how to frost a layer cake

What is a crumb layer?

A crumb layer is a thin layer of icing spread onto your cake layer. Once this layer has been added to your banana cake, it is refrigerated to firm the frosting up. Then, when you add the last frosting layer, you will not have crumbs in your final coat.

Do I have to add a crumb layer to my banana cake?

If you don’t care that your cake has crumbs in the icing, then no. The crumb layer is basically a visual, to make the cake more pleasing to the eye.

Can I use a regular knife to frost my banana layer cake?

You can, however, if you want a pretty cake, the best type of frosting utensil to use is an angled icing spatula. The angle in the spatula makes it easy to go around the cake and gives it a smoother look.

The inside cut portion of mom's birthday cake

How to perfectly frost this Banana Layer Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Add a crumb coat to your first cake layer. Place your first banana cake layer on the cake plate and place a thin layer of frosting using a large angled icing spatula.

first layer of cake with lemon cream cheese frosting on a green pedestal cake plate

Add blueberries to the top of the first cake layer. After icing your first layer, place a layer of blueberries on top.

first layer frosted with a layer of fresh blueberries on top

Place the top layer on top of the fresh blueberries. Take the unfrosted top layer of cake and place it on top of the bottom layer.

unfrosted top cake layer placed on top of blueberries

Add a crumb coat to the top layer. Using your cake spatula, add a crumb coat to the top layer and sides of your cake. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Whole cake with crumb coating of lemon cream cheese frosting

Add the last frosting layer. Remove cake from refrigerator, add last layer of frosting and decorate with blueberries as desired.

Overhead shot - decorated with blueberries

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A slice of dessert on a white plate with the whole cake in background, a pinnable image

If you love banana recipes as much as I do….

If you really love banana recipes, then I have a few more favorites I want to share with you!

To start, I always love banana-flavored oatmeal. Recently I made this Chunky Monkey Noatmeal that was so delicious! It’s super delicious with extra sliced bananas on top!

This Banana Cake with Browned Butter Maple Frosting is absolutely out of this world. The moist sheet cake is topped with a frosting that has flecks of browned butter throughout and has a mapley syrup addition that makes it to die for!

This Classic Banana Bread is my go-to recipe for those times when we want a quick bread rather than cake!

And these Banana Cake Cookies are lightly flavored with Cardamom making them a nicely spiced holiday cookie!

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Whole cake on green serving plate decorated with fresh blueberries
Yield: 16 servings

Banana Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

A layer banana cake with fresh blueberries between the layer and iced with a lemon cream cheese frosting. Recipe is adapted from Cooking Light.

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1-1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Frosting:

  • 1 package (8 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, chilled
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash of salt
  • 2-1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries

Instructions

To prepare the cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Coat 2 (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray; line bottoms with parchment paper then spray with a light coat of cooking spray.
  3. Place granulated sugar and 1/4 cup butter in a large bowl. Using hand mixer, beat at medium speed until well blended.
  4. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.Lightly spoon 1-3/4 cups flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife.
  5. Combine flour, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, stirring well with a whisk.
  6. Combine greek yogurt, water, banana, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk mixture alternately to the sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture (mix after each addition just until blended).
  7. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  8. Bake cake at 350° for 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  9. Cool in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pans.
  10. Peel off parchment paper. Cool layers completely on wire rack.

To prepare frosting:

  1. Combine cream cheese, 2 tablespoons butter, lemon rind, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and dash of salt in a large bowl.
  2. Beat with a mixer at high speed until fluffy.
  3. Gradually add powdered sugar; beat at low speed just until blended.Place 1 cake layer on a plate, and spread with 1/3 cup frosting.
  4. Arrange blueberries in a single layer over frosting, and top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake.
  5. Decorate top of cake with more blueberries if desired. Store cake loosely covered in refrigerator.

Nutrition Information

Yield

16

Serving Size

1/16th of cake

Amount Per Serving Calories 268Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 49mgSodium 162mgCarbohydrates 50gFiber 1gSugar 37gProtein 4g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy, but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.

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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.

60 Comments

  1. pegasuslegend April 8, 2010 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    wow what a gorgeous cake, and your mom looks like a sister not your mom wow!!!! The cake is luscious looking great combo of flavors here with the lemon frosting added, Happy Birthday Shelby's sister oops mom!!!! and many more have a wonderful day!

  2. Cristine April 8, 2010 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    The cake looks so good! Happy birthday to your momma!

    It is the same with my mom… for Eric, anyway. Anya can say "Grandma" but Eric calls her "Momma" and I am "Mommy". 🙂

  3. Barbara @moderncomfortfood April 8, 2010 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    I made banana cake for my son's birthday a few days ago, as I have done at his request for the past 20 yeas. They are so very good, and yours looks simply wonderful. Many thanks for sharing!

  4. ohbabyo April 8, 2010 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Yum! I'll have to give this a try, especially the lemon frosting! How sweet that you all call your mother "Momma"! 🙂

  5. Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog April 8, 2010 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday to your Mom!!

    Are there any leftovers of this magnificent cake? I'm going there right now!!

    All the best,

    Gera

  6. Mags April 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Being a new grandma I can't help but wonder what Gavin is going to call me.

    What a beautiful cake…love the fresh berries!

  7. Holly April 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    this looks so delish!!! Pretty!

  8. Cookin' Canuck April 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday to your mum! This cake looks absolutely delicious.

  9. Joanne April 8, 2010 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Happy birthday to your Mom! Cute story.

    That filling looks delicious!

  10. Kathleen April 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Shelby, this cake looks gorgeous and the rest of the menu delicious! Tell Momma happy bday for me 😉

  11. Megan April 8, 2010 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Cake looks wonderful and I love that used a Cooking Light recipe. Happy Birthday to Momma! 🙂

  12. susies1955 April 8, 2010 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    It's not strange. Happy Birthday Momma! 🙂
    Beautiful cake,
    Susie

  13. Flourchild April 8, 2010 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday to your mom! The cake looks amazing and Im sure she loved it! I love white frosting better then chocolate!

  14. Marthe April 8, 2010 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    That's one amazing looking cake, congrats on you moms birthday!!

  15. Glenna April 8, 2010 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    OMG, that looks divine!

  16. Maria April 8, 2010 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous cake. Gave it a little SU:)

  17. vivisue April 8, 2010 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Wow, talk about hitting the Mother Lode! Gotta find some paper for the printer! Wonderful and I can't wait to try this. Blackberries are a household (me and My Mountain Man) favorite!

    Suzanne
    http://www.ThruTheBugsOnMyWindshield.wordpress.com

  18. CookiePie April 8, 2010 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    Happy birthday Momma! Gorgeous cake!!

  19. Jill's Comfort Zone April 8, 2010 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday Momma! That cake is beautiful!!!

  20. Patsyk April 9, 2010 at 1:45 am - Reply

    Simply gorgeous cake!

  21. teresa April 9, 2010 at 2:42 am - Reply

    aw, happy birthday to your momma! sweet post! the cake looks wonderful.

  22. Lynda April 9, 2010 at 4:08 am - Reply

    Happy birthday to your Momma. You look so much like her Shelby!
    The cake is gorgeous with those huge blackberries surrounding it. I've bookmarked this as I can't resist any banana cake this lovely!

  23. Diana's Cocina April 9, 2010 at 5:08 am - Reply

    Happy Birthday to your Mom! The cake looks wonderful!

  24. Jamie April 9, 2010 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Aw, Happy Birthday, Momma! My mom is still my mom! And this cake is luscious looking! Now that my husband is on a diet I have not thought to look for sweet recipes on Cooking Light. Thanks for the flash (duh!) and this gorgeous, tempting recipe!

  25. Jamie April 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Well, happy birthday to your momma, Shelby! So nice to get together and celebrate with this wonderful homemade cake.

  26. Leslie April 9, 2010 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday MOMMA!!!! Yummy cake. Save me any?

  27. Coleen's Recipes April 9, 2010 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    I see where your good looks come from!! Happy Birthday to Shelby's Momma!!

  28. honeyb April 10, 2010 at 12:28 am - Reply

    Yum! That looks and sounds delicious to me!

  29. Amanda April 11, 2010 at 2:26 am - Reply

    This looks so beautiful! You did a fabulous job Shelby!

  30. Pam April 12, 2010 at 12:46 am - Reply

    Happy b-day to your Mom! The cake looks so beautiful.

  31. Bellini Valli April 12, 2010 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Happy belated birthday to your mom Shelby. The cake looks amazing and it is LIGHT:D

  32. Suzanne a.k.a. vivisue April 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Just saw your pic of this cake that got published on Photograzing. I thought, "I know her!" Congrats!!! Great picture!

  33. honeyb April 10, 2011 at 2:07 am - Reply

    Ooh, that cake looks divine. I love all things banana!

  34. marla April 10, 2011 at 2:07 am - Reply

    Such a pretty cake, happy b'day to your mom!

  35. Patsyk April 14, 2011 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    You always make the most gorgeous cakes! Looks delicious, and I do hope your momma had a great birthday!

  36. Jersey Girl Cooks March 26, 2017 at 11:47 am - Reply

    What a nice cake and nice photo of your mom! And you look just like her:)

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  38. Marion Myers March 26, 2017 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful cake! Your photos have me drooling, Shelby! I love lemon & blueberries together. I wish I could dive into a slice of this right now!! Drooling!

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  41. Ellen March 26, 2017 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    So pretty and impressive, especially with the lemon zest peeking through the frosting. Great flavor combinations too with the lemon, blueberry and cream cheese.

  42. cheri March 26, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful cake you made for your mom, love the flavor combo.

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  45. Wendy Klik March 27, 2017 at 11:04 am - Reply

    I can see why your mom had such a huge smile on her face when presented with this cake and the fact that you are still making it all these years later speaks volumes about the flavor.

  46. Eileen March 27, 2017 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Yum, I bet your mom was very happy to have this for her birthday. Looks delicious with either blueberries or blackberries.

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