Oct 142012

Ship CakeFor my husband’s birthday this year the kids and I decided to make him a banana cake with orange zest, and although I had an idea of making a very simple cake the kids insisted that we make him his usual ship cake. Of course with three boys I was quickly outvoted, and so we began. I adjusted my original banana bread recipe to fit the needed texture of this banana cake.

The banana cake ingredients:

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup regular sugar
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla sugar
  • 2 1/2 cup overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup of freshly pressed orange juice or regular orange juice
  • Orange zest from half an orange

Homemade icing

  • 10 oz Powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoon orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter (optional)
  • Orange zest from half an orange

As an alternative you can use regular storebought icing, and just add the orange zest for extra flavor.

Banana Cake Directions:

  1. Cream the sugars and butter
  2. Add the eggs one at a time
  3. Mix the dry ingredients together in a small bowl.
  4. Add the dry ingredients
  5. Add the Orange juice
  6. Mash the bananas and stir them in the mixture with a spoon.
  7. Flour and spray the cooking pan, and add the mixture to the pan. Leave about an inch or two at the top, so it does not overflow when baking.
  8. Bake in pre-heated oven at 350 degrees F for about 30 – 60 minutes on the middle rack depending on which kind of baking pan you use. Our ship cake took 60 minutes, where as the leftover cupcakes needed 30 minutes.

 Banana Cake

I was a bit hesitant about whether or not the banana cake would fall apart, once we started to separate it from the cake pan, but amazingly it came out really great.

Ship Cake

There is something very refreshing about putting banana and orange together, and since my husband does not have a much of a sweet tooth, these fruity flavors tend to be more to his liking than regular sweet birthday cakes. This banana cake is very dense, full of banana and orange taste, and if you want a sweet alternative, this will hit the jackpot.

Banana Cake


The banana cake is a very frugal cake, and I use a lot of ALDI basics to keep the cost low. See my grocery price list in the top navigation bar, to see how ALDI prices compare with other stores on bakery ingredients. We had some overripe bananans, which I had bought at Walmart at $0.29/lb thanks to price matching, and the orange in our fruit bowl was overdue to be used.

  6 Responses to “Frugal Baking: Banana Cake with Orange Zest”

  1. This looks yummy…gotta love a ship cake pan. I seem to be getting around to visit blogs less often these days and I wanted to stop and check in with you. It looks as if you continue to grow your blogs…good for you!!!

  2. […] up the house a bit. With some frugal ingredients, I’ve managed to dish out some delicious banana chocolate cupcakes that satisfies my sons’ sweet teeth while making me happy that the kids are at least getting […]

  3. Cute pan! I like the addition of the orange zest – a nice change of pace from ordinary banana cake. I just read that eating orange rind helps protect you from cancer, too!

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  6. this sounds Delicious!!!

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