Banana Snack Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
My baking motivations come from a myriad of different sources. Sometimes I’ve had a recipe bookmarked for months… sometimes I see something on Pinterest that I want to make immediately… sometimes something in a magazine makes a light bulb go off… and sometimes I have grandparents coming over for lunch and four way, way overripe bananas sitting on my counter. Thus, banana cake!
In an effort to put together a casual dessert for lunch with my grandparents and also use up my quickly-going-bad bananas, I though that an easy snack-style cake would be a great choice. I typically turn to banana bread when I need to put browning bananas to good use, and was looking forward to having another easy banana baked good in my rotation for such occasions.
This cake turned out exactly how I’d hoped; it’s easy to make, comes together quickly, incredibly moist and, most importantly, delicious. Originally, I wasn’t going to include a frosting, but I just couldn’t help myself. I love frosting, especially cream cheese frosting. If you’re a fellow frosting lover, I think you’ll find this to be amazing. My mom, my grandpap and I all gave it a big two thumbs up. If you’re a little more ambivalent about frosting, you might consider scaling it back; both my grandma and Chief Culinary Consultant thought the frosting could have maybe been halved. (What!? Who are these people?! How are they related to me?!)
Do you have a favorite recipe you turn to when there is a plethora of browning bananas on your counter?
One year ago: Homemade Pineapple Ice Cream Topping
Two years ago: Lego Batman Birthday Cake
Three years ago: S’mores Whoopie Pies
Four years ago: Bananas Foster Banana Bread
Five years ago: Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread
Banana Snack Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
For the Cake:
- 2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) salt
- 1⅓ cups (266.67 g) granulated sugar
- ¼ cup (54.5 ml) vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 4 ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup (240 ml) buttermilk
For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 8 ounces (226.8 g) cream cheese, at room temperature
- ½ cup (113.5 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- Pinch salt
- 4 cups (480 g) powdered sugar
- 1½ teaspoons (1.5 teaspoons) vanilla extract
- Make the Cake: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking pan; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar and oil together on medium speed until completely combined. Add both eggs and beat to combine, then add the mashed bananas and vanilla extract and beat until combined. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the buttermilk, mixing until combined. Use a rubber spatula to give the batter one last mix, then pour into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a thin knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Set on a wire rack to cool completely.
- Make the Cream Cheese Frosting: With an electric mixer, cream together the cream cheese, butter and salt on medium speed. Reduce the speed to medium-low and gradually add the powdered sugar until it has all been combined. Add the vanilla extract, increase the speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy.
- Spread the frosting over the cooled cake, cut into squares and serve. Leftovers should be covered with plastic wrap or placed in an airtight container and kept at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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Any time I have ripe bananas, I scroll through Pinterest to find new ways to use them. And I ALWAYS come back to this cake. I don’t need any other recipe- this is my favorite! I have made it for years and recommend it to everyone. I see people have complained about it being dense. That is why I love it. It’s a hearty cake! In fact, I like it better the next day straight from the fridge. And the frosting…. The best! I find that I only need a bit half the frosting for the cake, and I do put a decently thick layer. But then I use the rest of the frosting for cinnamon rolls a day or two later. I have the pickiest kids on earth, and my whole family loves this cake. Chefs kiss 😘
My family LOVED this cake. The flavor was delicious. However, the cake itself was very dense, heavy & almost wet looking. I followed the recipe exactly but used two 8” metal cake pans as I wanted a layer cake vs a sheet cake. The icing was so good and a great compliment to the banana cake. Next time I will add baking powder to the recipe and perhaps the butter as well as another reader suggested.
Is it possible to halve this recipe?
Awesome!! So moist!!! My family loves this cake!!
Best banana cake ever. Moist and tender. Not too sweet! Perfect!
This cake is light a fluffy. The frosting is so good you can eat it with a spoon! Will definitely make this again.
This recipe is easy and very delicious!! Made it exactly as written and had no issues.
I made this and mine too came out a gooey mess that fell flat in the middle. disappointed : ( wont use this recipe again
4 small, medium or large bananas? Equivalent measurement in cups?
Medium bananas, about 1 1/3 cups mashed.
Okay so the first time I made this it was a disaster, like others who tried I found it didn’t rise too well and it was very dense and the texture was a bit off. Because I really liked the flavour I wanted to try again so I read through all the comments and decided to do what one reader did and that was add baking powder and butter and bake in a smaller tin, I found the 9×13 made too flat a cake.
I beat 1/4 cup butter with the oil and sugar and added 1 teaspoon baking powder with the dry ingredients and put in a tray maybe 8×12 which made a slightly higher cake.
It was perfect!!! Just how I like it and is now my favorite banana cake. So even though I tweaked it I’m very happy to have found this recipe so thank you for sharing.
Make this all the time.
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Hi! I’ve made this cake a couple of time and love love love it. And I’m not a banana lover by any stretch. My question is– I’m making an assortment of cupcakes for a party and was thinking about doing this recipe for one of the flavors. Do you think cupcakes would work ok?
Hi Sarah, So glad you enjoy this! I’ve never tried to make this into cupcakes; if you do it, let me know how they turn out!
I made this and it is very good. I would suggest limiting to small bananas or using just 3. I like the texture much better with less. Also, this was way too much frosting for me. I used only about half of it on mine and that was perfect.
I made this today and it is fabulous! I added 4 T soft butter to the batter and also added 1 1/2 ts baking powder. It is so light, moist and yummy. Thanks for such wonderful recipes!!
I have made this a number of times and mixed the cake by hand. Since it uses oil I figured why dirty my mixer. It turned out great. I did use my hand mixer for the frosting, though. I also froze half of the cake, precut, with the frosting on it and pulled out the number of servings I needed, placed on plates when we started dinner and by the time we were ready for dessert they were thawed enough, still really cold, but so good. The BEB is my go-to site for consistently very good recipes.
Can I sub butter for all the oil and just omit the oil altogether??
Hi Estella, I would not recommend that, as the texture of the cake will be completely different.
Hi Michelle, I’m excited to make this for my birthday. Just wondering if you think it could hold up as a layer cake with 2 8″ rounds.
Hi Phoebe, I haven’t tried it myself, but I think it would work. Let me know how it goes if you do it!
My niece can’t eat eggs, could they be omitted from this recipe?
Hi Isabelle, You would need to replace the eggs with another binder, they couldn’t simply be omitted. I am not very familiar with vegan baking, so I’m not sure what your best substitute would be, but you could probably research some vegan substitutes for eggs in baked goods.
Just made these the other day and they’re already almost gone! My family absolutely LOVES them! Thank you so much for the recipe- will be using over and over again!! Soo good :)
Too much frosting? Too much cream cheese frosting??? Impossible. I could eat it with a spoon (and have been known to). Would love to try this and would make the suggested changes. I’ve made one too many gooey cakes by using too large or frozen bananas. Glad to hear that reducing the sugar works as I did think it a lot.
I just made this today and followed the recipe exactly. Turned out moist and fluffy, so not sure what is happening with other people to make it turn out flat and dense. My guess would be all the adding to and substituting. I did use a pyrex 9×13 baking dish, as opposed to metal. The cake is great and I will totally make this again! The cream cheese frosting, while delicious, makes enough for 2 cakes (unless you like 2 inches of frosting and if so, this recipe will make you very happy!) I’m out of bananas so I’m going to have to find something else to frost now! :-)
Amazing cake! I did what others suggested and added about a teaspoon of baking powder, it turned out moist and fluffy, and topped with the frosting….mmmmm so soft and delicious!
Awesome recipe! It was moist and delicious! To the batter, I added a tsp of baking powder as many others had suggested and to the frosting, I added 1/2 cup of crushed walnuts and a few tablespoons of milk to help make it more spreadable. It was wonderful! Thank you for sharing!
Can I possibly make this recipe in an 8×8 inch pan? If so, what adjustments should I make?
Hi Viktoriya, You would need to cut the recipe in half in order to bake it in an 8×8 pan.
Awesome recipe, have made about 5 times to rave reviews. It works wonderfully with frozen or fresh bananas, low fat or regular buttermilk. The only thing I do differently is reduce the sugar in the frosting for my personal taste. Thank you for a standout recipe.
This cake was very yummy but I wouldn’t really classify it as a cake… It was kind of the same consistency (at least mine was) as bread pudding (husband’s 2 cents) – VERY moist & very dense. My daughter (9) said, “It’s like banana bread with frosting but YUMMIER!” I used 4 very ripe bananas & the flavor really came through.
I tried this recipe. I used an electric mixer to blend in the bananas really well. I substitutied buttermilk with one cup of milk mixed with one tbp of lemon juice…and baked for 45 minutes, until the cake turned golden in color…it turned out perfect. Thank you for sharing this great recipe.
I made this cake for a party and it was a great hit! Everyone wanted the recipe! It was easy to put together, moist, and delicious! The frosting was light and airy an in good quantity…it just melted in your mouth! Thank you for a great new go-to cake!
This recipe turned out so delicious. I used a combination of whole milk and whole yogurt rather than the buttermilk. I loved the taste and texture. Yum yum! Thanks for the recipe :)
I tried to make this recipe but like so many of the others posted, mine also came out dense and sunken in. I substituted applesauce for the oil and a flax egg for the egg and almond milk soured with Apple cider vinegar. Could these subs caused this? Thanks.
Hi Katie, The substitutions could very well have been the problem.
Will the cake taste good without the frosting? The thing is I like to bake whenever we’re out out of desserts at home, so I just bake with ingredients already at home. Would you recommend it without the frosting?
Hi Marzia, I obviously think the frosting adds to the cake, but you could leave it off if you’d like – it would taste more like banana bread plain.
I made two of these cakes a few weeks ago. Instead of Buttermilk (i didn’t have on hand) I substituted 1 cup sour cream. Also added half package of banana instant pudding mix to each cake batter. They turned out so great and everyone loved. Baking another right now. Thanks for this recipe.
I made this last night. The cake turned out perfectly, but the icing is WAY too sweet for my taste and it is a lot. I will try again using a frosting recipe with less sugar.
when I found this recipe last week i straight maked it and its turn out really good moist cake which i love it. my son and husband love it too. will definately make it again tomorrow on my husband birthday as requested. thank alot ;)
I made your cake using my gluten-free flour blend, and it was fantastic!
I made this tonight but I only had two bananas. I substituted four tablespoons of homemade chunky applesauce, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and reduced the buttermilk just very slightly. Delicious! Thanks for the recipe.
This cake is sooooooo sooooo good I have thrown away and deleted all my other banana cake recipes. I had no idea what a banana snack cake was but the pictures looked so good I took a chance and made it today. It is the best ABSOLUTE BEST banana cake I have ever tasted. I did add 1/2 tsp baking powder to add to the lightness but everything else remained the same. You have to try it with the cream cheese frosting too….it’s to die for and I’m not a huge fan of banana cake because I have tasted so many bad ones….but this one is awesome!!
No where in the mixing steps does it say to add the baking soda. Needless to say it turned out gross.
Jessie, I’m sorry your cake didn’t turn out, but yes, in step #2, it clearly states to whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
I was wondering if I could substitute the buttermilk with anything else? Its difficult for me to get my hands on buttermilk!
Hi Alice, You can make your own buttermilk! See the substitution here: https://www.browneyedbaker.com/substitutions/
Tried this. Loved it. Hubby who hates cakes enjoyed every bit
I made this around 11pm last night as I did not have the patience to wait until morning. These were simply divine. Perfect sweetness. The moistness…dear God, don’t even get me started. I doubled the recipe and made cupcakes (they came out wonderful). I also used a bundt pan (which turned out to be visual disaster…but it tasted fantastic). Another fantastic recipe Michelle…Keep up the deliciously edible work!!! :p
This cake is moist and delicious! I am big sweets fan but the frosting was SO sweet- next time I think I will only use 1 cup of powered sugar.
Really enjoyed that this recipe is not too sweet. However, i felt that the cake was slightly too dense for a banana cake. Anyway to make it less dense?
Hi Jenny I just saw your comment. I added 1/2 tsp baking powder with the dry ingredients because I also don’t like a cake that’s too dense. It turned out wonderfully light and moist. Good luck if you make it again, it is a beautiful recipe and my go-to one from now on. Thank you brown-eyed baker :)
Have just started to TRY and make cakes
Followed this recipe to a t cake looked lush from the outside, as soon as I cut it the whole thing was raw looking all the way through. Any ideas on where I could be going wrong?
Hi Paul, Be sure that your oven temperature is correct by using an oven thermometer and adjust your dials accordingly. Also, be sure to actually check for doneness; don’t rely solely on the time listed in the recipe. All ovens can behave differently. Test the center with a skewer or thin knife. If you still see wet batter, it needs to bake longer. If there are just crumbs, it’s finished.
This looks amazing! Today I made Gino D’Campo’s Banana and Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding for the exact same reason as you – delicious! I also adore Hummingbird cake/cupcakes, especially the Hummingbird Bakery recipe (obviously!). This one is a must try though!
Have made this twice now and both times were delish! The second time I only had 3 bananas and it came out much lighter. I also reduced the sugar to one cup with no discernible difference. Great recipe !!
Okay, DO NOT PUT IN BUNDT PAN!!!!!
I made this because my bananas were starting to go bad, and it was so delicious. The cream cheese frosting with the moist banana bread made it perfect. It is sweet and adds a great flavor. I made it for my neighbor and it was the perfect dessert for her Sunday dinner. It is a good size and is a perfect dessert to make for any occasion, or for a yummy snack:)
Have you tried this as a bundt, with homemade carmel sauce oozing down the sides? That’s what I’m planning for dessert here tonight, just wonder about oven temp and time. Any thoughts?
Hi Michelle, I was wondering what other frosting can go along well with this recipe… (the person im baking this for doesn’t really like cream chesse)
You could do a regular vanilla or vanilla bean, salted caramel, chocolate… I think any of those would be good!
Oh, and of course peanut butter frosting, too!
Came back to say that I made this cake and brought it to the day care pool party and everyone raved about it. My cream cheese frosting was runny again – I didn’t want to add more sugar as it was sweet enough. This is the second time I’ve made it and had it come out loose – any suggestions for making it thicker without more sugar?
Hi Lynne, I always use Philadelphia Cream Cheese, which is purported to have the highest fat content among cream cheese, versus other or generic brands. Also, do not use low-fat versions of cream cheese, they have a high water content, which will result in runny icing.
Had to come back to let you know that I did end up making this cake for work the other day and it went faster than almost anything else I’ve brought in before! It was fabulous!
Having some bananas in need of becoming something…..I made your cake! It was delicious! And since there are only two of us, the neighbors enjoyed it also. I posted it today and linked back to you. Thank you for sharing.
I just made this cake last night. Funny thing my husband found this recipe and e-mailed it to me (not sure how he found you as he is not a food blogger follower) and I had aIso bookmarked it, it is funny how things happen. Can using frozen bananas cause the cake to become dense as well. I am an avid baker and was looking forward to a fluffy banana cake but mine turned out very dense. I will give it another try with non frozen ripe bananas to see if this will change the consistency of the cake as I did enjoy the taste of the cake. As for over mixing, I did not really mix more then that so I am a little puzzled. Maybe the extreme heat is also affecting the cake. Any suggestions would be helpful.
Hi Kathy, It sounds like you and your husband have great minds that think alike :) The frozen bananas could have definitely contributed to the dense texture; if you try it again with fresh, let me know!
Tried the recipe with non frozen bananas and it worked out perfect.
really wonderful cake – great flavor, super moist. taste even better the next day. we refrigerated it and enjoyed it cold. Icing delicious, although the recipe made more than the cake really needs, it THAT good. thanks!
This looks like such an easy to make and yummy cake! So glad you added the frosting! It looks irresistible!
This recipe is so yummy — all three kids loved it even before I put the frosting on!! I do feel as if it’s a little tough and I SWEAR my low setting on my kitchenaid mixer has been faster than usual — it’s been squeaking too and about 20 years old. Seems to me that it makes total sense right? If it’s not mixing at the very low mix speed it would turn out a little tough, don’t you think? I figured I’d get your professional opinion since I’m going to hit my hubby up for the kitchenaid mixer that’s a step up from the one I currently have!!
Hi Dee, That could definitely have done it. Overmixing can cause cakes and baked goods to come out tough and dense.
OMG — I am so in love with this cake. I made it on Saturday and then Sunday night when I snuck another late night piece from the refrigerator — it seemed to just get better. I gave some to a co-worker on Monday who also loves it along with her husband. It is fabulous. I plan on getting a new mixer (which I’m still researching) so next time I’m sure I won’t over mix, but that doesn’t even matter with how good this cake is. Definitely one of my (well, your) top recipes!
Bananas freeze really well too. Whenever I have a banana that has become too ripe for eating, I remove the peel and pop it into a freezer bag. Once I have collected a few, it’s time to fire up the oven. My usual go to recipe is a banana nut muffin but a banana cake with cream cheese frosting is always welcome in my home. It’s one of the few desserts that really tests my willpower. I’m usually in the middle of slice number three when I realize I have to call in the neighbors for support.
I am a sucker for anything with cream cheese frosting. So I saw this recipe & made this cake yesterday. Can I say….I believe this is my favorite cake ever??? It’s true!! It is delicious & so easy to make!! The cake is so moist & the frosting? To die for!! I made this cake & wasn’t planning on sharing it with anyone…but my husband tried it & loves it as much as I do. So, I guess I have to share it! There is only one other ingredient that I added & that was walnuts. Michelle, I will save this recipe & make this cake for many years to come!! Thank You for sharing it!!
I love a simple snack cake like this, especially when cream cheese frosting is also involved :) I haven’t been buying bananas lately, I’m going to have to grab some on my next trip out!
This recipe came in perfect timing. Last night my husband mentioned that I should make something with the browning bananas on our counter. As I was going through your feed this morning I found this! I didn’t have the ingredients to make the frosting, but the cake was so delicious! I think they would be great as muffins or cupcakes, too! Next time I think I will do cupcakes! Thanks for another great recipe.
Dang…I just made two batches of mini banana breads… The up-side is that I have them at-the-ready in the freezer now. The down-side is I’m out of overripe bananas! I can make this one gluten-free in a heartbeat! And I know exactly when I’m going to make this! Thanks!
Hello, can we have this as cupcakes?
I have not made it as such, but you could certainly give it a try; let us know how they turns out!
Beautiful, Michelle! Isn’t it interesting when inspiration strikes? You never know where it is going to come from, so I always enjoy those little surprises. I’ve been making banana cake with cream cheese frosting for years. It was a recipe I found at AllRecipes.com. I must try yours! Thanks for sharing. Pinning!
I Got this recipe yesterday and decided to make it. I Used all the Ingredients but I added 2 teaspoons of baking powder . Wow! Its really DELICIOUS I loved it and so did my boyfriend.. Definitely going into my handy recipes. Thanks :)
delicious cake…. i guess yogurt can be used instead of buttermilk, right? planning to bake this cake this weekend.
Hi Ivy, Yes, you can use plain yogurt as a substitute.
Hubby just finished his third piece.
I am fighting the urge for piece number two.
This is amazing and the frosting is perfect.
What a coincidence, I was going to make banana bread last night, but I was busy making your Coconut Vanilla-Bean Cake, so I ran out of time. So now I can bake this. You know, I had some meringue frosting left over from the cake, and I have all these containers with 1/4 – 1/2 cup of frosting left over from different cupcakes, etc., and I was going to ask you what you do with your leftover frosting. Ha, ha – then I thought, “what leftover frosting?” :-) My stand-by for bananas is my banana bread – I can mix it up in the time it takes the oven to heat, and it’s done perfectly every time, and my family loves it. I think they will like this cake too!
Yum! Just put this in the oven, can’t wait for it to come out. Thanks for what is sure to be a winner!
I don’t think I have ever had banana cake. This looks delicious!
Cream cheese frosting is my favorite and I love banana anything! Can’t believe I’ve never thought to pair these two! Your cake looks delicious!
I completely agree. Never, ever halve the frosting. DOUBLE =)
I think I will be trying this once the weather turns a bit cooler. It’s way too stuffy to have the oven on this year. Which is terrible, because I’m craving those brownies I found here!
Love snack cake! I always have overripe bananas lying around…this seems like a good solution!
this looks so good! i bet some homemade caramel sauce would be great on it!
this looks so yummy. Sweet banana cake and cream cheese frosting, YUM! what more could a girl ask for?
What a great way to use up my aging bananas! It looks like a super-moist frosted version of banana bread. Can’t wait to give it a try.
Since it’s called snack cake that means I can snack on it all the time right?
I have got to try this!
Curses! I only have three browning bananas in my kitchen ATM! I need to go get more a the store today so they’ll too be ready to be made into this delicious-looking cake. Hopefully this weekend!
Hooray for banana snack cake! Your combo is a winning combo :)
It makes me wish I could reach through the screen and try a bite
When I make the recipe it’ll be dessert for me and the family
Who doesn’t have browning bananas!? Who wouldn’t want a nice layer of yummy frosting….silly people. I must hurry to the kitchen there are bananas waiting.
The best thing about this is that it’s a perfectly acceptable breakfast because of the bananas :) Love it! Banana bread/cake…whatever – I’m in!
Good Morning Michelle! I’m always looking for a good banana cake recipe. I hope this one fits the bill. It looks delicious and I like the fact it uses oil verses butter. I hoping for a texture like my favorite carrot cake recipe which also uses oil. Thanks!
Looks yum! Is this an original recipe of yours?
Oh yum! Like banana bread, but more sweet and delicate.
I make banana bread muffins when my bananas are overripe, but I use a gluten free/paleo version to save on some calories. They are still magnificent though!
I make a recipe similar to this.
I just made it and every time I do my family goes nuts for the cake. It is simply delicious.
I love banana baked goods with cream cheese frosting! Perfect use for old bananas!
This looks fantastic!
Such a great cake! It looks SO moist, and I bet it is absolutely to die for with that cream cheese frosting on top!
When my bananas start to go brown I either freeze them for smoothies or I make my chocolate chip-espresso banana bread that has no oil or butter and I use half stevia and half brown sugar in the recipe. It is my favorite banana bread!
This snack cake sounds awesome!
I’m so pinning this recipe! My family is going to love it!
I love banana snack cakes and yours looks delicious!!
Just added bananas to the grocery list. Clearly delayed gratification coming since the bananas are still at the store. I make ‘Chunky Monkey Cookies’ as a part of my ‘Dead Banana Diaries’ rotation.
I could snack on this all day! And that cream cheese frosting – SWOON!
There’s a pinterest banana snack cake that I see everywhere I turn – this cake is everywhere. It sort of haunts me – in a beautiful way. Because I love banana cakes! And your cake looks like that cake that Ive been meaning to make now for about…2 years. Gorgeous, Michelle. Pinned. And so glad you did the frosting. I am all about frosting on cake, especially cream cheese frosting!
I’ve had a recipe for banana snack cake pinned for awhile now, and regret that I haven’t made it yet! Yours looks delicious, and I think the amount of frosting looks perfect. There’s no such thing as too much when it comes to cream cheese frosting in my book.
I love bananas and love them in cake form even more! YUMMY!
I love that thick layer of cream cheese frosting! This cake is such a perfect use for my too ripe bananas.
has anyone actually made this cake? I followed the recipe and mine came out flat and gooey gross. I cook regularly so I don’t think it was entirely me. If you love banana cake, I don’t recommend this recipe.
I’ve made it but changed a couple of things. Beat 1/4 cup butter with the oil and added 1/2 tsp baking POWDER …light and moist best banana cake ever.
I wish I read your comment before making this. I had to cover the pan with foil and bake it for another 15 minutes…and it was edible. There is something definitely wrong with this recipe.
It’s my go to banana cake now, got rid of all my other recipes. Just be careful of the amount of banana, I made it once with 4 LARGE bananas and it was a lot heavier. So 4 small or medium sized….also I put 1/2 stick of butter (1/4 cup) and beat that with the oil and sugar, you don’t have to use butter but personally, a cake is not a cake if it doesn’t have butter :) and then like I said, I added 1/2 tsp baking powder with the dry ingredients and I think the cake is perfect. Don’t forget to bake it in the size tin stated otherwise you will be waiting forever for it to bake. Good luck.
I just made this and it turned out great. I always use applesauce instead of oil when I bake. That was the only change I made to this cake. YUMMY :)