Rhea Lou’s Old Fashion Banana Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting

Rhea Lou’s Old Fashion Banana Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting

Don’t throw out those over-ripe bananas!  Use them to make this delicious banana walnut cake.  This old recipe is from an old Iowa church cookbook, I believe.  I found this recipe in a collection of recipes I purchased on ebay.  This banana cake will remind you of going to grandma’s house, family reunions, church pitch-ins, etc.  Remember those tables laden with mouth-watering desserts?  This cake could have been on one of those tables.  Bake one today and share it with your family and friends.  Each bite is sure to bring memories.


This recipe was found in an old church cookbook.

1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup buttermilk
4 ripe bananas
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar together. Add eggs to mixture and mix until creamy. Mash bananas with a fork and add to the creamy mixture. Add buttermilk and mix well. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add to the creamy mixture, beating well after each addition. Stir in chopped walnuts. Grease and lightly flour a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tbsps butter
6-oz cream cheese
3 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla flavoring

In a mixing bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese. Add confectioners’ sugar and mix. Add milk to thin to spreading consistency. Stir in vanilla and mix well. Frost cake.

Grandma Linda is a collector of vintage recipes. She enjoys sharing these old-time recipes on her blog at http://grandmasvintagerecipes.blogspot.com