banana cake

skillet banana cake

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Bananas! Most everyone loves bananas. And, while they can go ‘bad’ fast, if you’re a smart cookie, you won’t throw out. You’ll cook with them or freeze them (for smoothies). Now, this skillet banana cake is perfect for bananas sitting on your kitchen counter that are looking a tad bit puny. And, as the rogue baker, I’m making it easy for you to make with just a few steps!

The Story Behind this Cake

Going through the 2020 Covid19 Pandemic has played havoc on the world as we know it. And, it’s prolifically affected each and everyone’s life. I mean I’ve lived six decades and never seen annneething like this. However, we have to look on the bright side and know that so much good comes from adversity. One of the things really positive, I think, is that many people have discovered cooking and their kitchens! And, that’s how this cake was born. Since I couldn’t find flour, any kind whatsoever, and we wanted a cake, I turned to the next best thing. A cake mix.

Actually, cake mixes are great for rogue bakers or creating something really fast. There’s no shame, my friends in using them. And, when you ramp them up with taste and value like this recipe, then you’ve got a win win. Great cake. That actually tastes totally homemade!

Health Benefits of Bananas

It’s always great to know that we’re getting more nutritional value from our ingredients. And, not only do bananas give us that but the walnuts in this cake also are quite healthy. But, back to bananas. According to Healthline, here’re some of the good things about bananas:

  • Bananas are a good dietary source of potassium and magnesium — two nutrients that are essential for heart health.
  • Bananas can help moderate blood sugar levels after meals and may reduce appetite by slowing stomach emptying.
  • Bananas may aid weight loss because they’re low in calories and high in nutrients and fiber.
  • Bananas are high in several antioxidants, which may help reduce damage from free radicals and lower your risk of some diseases.
  • Depending on ripeness, bananas harbor high amounts of resistant starch or pectin. Both may reduce appetite and help keep you full.
  • Unripe bananas are a good source of resistant starch, which may improve insulin sensitivity. However, more research is needed.
  • Eating a banana several times a week may reduce your risk of kidney disease by up to 50%.
  • Bananas may help relieve muscle cramps caused by exercise. They also provide excellent fuel for endurance exercise.
  • Bananas make an excellent snack food, dessert or breakfast. Their versatility makes them easy to add to your diet.

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skillet banana cake

Yield: Two small cast iron skillet cakes


  • Preheat oven to 375
  • 1 boxed cake mix, white or vanilla
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup oil
  • 8 oz. mascarpone, room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas, small to medium, mashed
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 3-4 Tbl. powdered sugar for dusting/garnish
  • 2 Tbl. honey, optional


  • Grease very well (I like to use Crisco.) two small cast iron skillets (about 6-7” diameter). You can use an baking dish or baking loaf pans.
  • Put the cake mix and ground cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Mix together.
  • In a 4-cup measuring cup (or small medium mixing bowl), combine the oil, mascarpone, buttermilk and eggs. Use a hand mixer on low to combine well. Add the mashed bananas and mix into a completely blended wet mixture.
  • Pour into the cake mix/cinnamon. Blend well with the hand mixer. Fold in the walnuts and raisins. Divide the batter into the two greased skillets.
  • Bake for about 32 to 37 minutes in a 375 preheated oven or until a thin skewer comes clean from the center. The tops of the cakes will also be showing cracks and crevices.
  • Remove to a cooling rack. Cool completely. Take a butter knife and gently go around the perimeter to loosen the cake.
  • Flip onto a large piece of wax or parchment paper, then slide your hand under the paper and REflip onto your cake stand (top side of the cake up). Dust with powdered sugar. Drizzle with a tad of honey (totally optional!).


Not to worry, you can make this cake in a baking dish or loaf pans.

It keeps well for several days. Very moist and tender. Just cover it well.

If you don't have bananas, you can substitute applesauce!

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