Quick and Easy Banana Bread Made With Cake Mix

Banana Bread

Rainy days make me want to bake. I probably should admit that sunny days make me want to bake. And cold days… hot days… any kind of weather. But I don’t have a problem. I can stop ANYTIME I want to!

I just don’t want to.

Especially if I have several boxes of cake mix I picked up on sale and a bunch of very ripe bananas. It’s a crime against my family if I have the makings for yummy banana bread and I don’t whip it up right away. At least that’s what my husband would say. He loves banana bread. And I love him – so I made him some banana bread.

Ain’t love grand?


Banana Bread (made with cake mix)


  • 1 box cake mix – I really love to use Butter Pecan cake mix for this recipe. It makes outstanding banana bread. Yellow or white cake mix works great as well.
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 very ripe bananas


Preheat oven to 350. Lightly coat bread loaf pan with cooking spray.

A word about how I store my bananas: I stick them in the freezer. I guess that’s six words.


Whenever I see bananas getting browned I simply put them in our freezer, peel and all – no freezer bag or other storage option needed. When I’m ready to use the bananas for bread or muffins, I take them out of the freezer and put them in a bowl. If I’m not in a hurry I’ll let the bananas sit out on the counter (in the bowl) for a few hours to thaw. Then I’ll peel them into the bowl and go on from there. When they thaw on the counter, they’ll leak this oily banana juice. Don’t wrinkle your nose like that – this stuff is awesome! It’s a natural banana extract that will pump up the banana flavor in your bread and muffins. Embrace the banana juice.

If I’m short on time – or I just want to hurry up and eat some banana bread – I’ll defrost the bananas in the microwave. Simply heat bananas in a bowl on high for a minute or two until thawed enough to remove the peels.


The bananas are often still slightly frozen, but that’s okay – I need to melt the butter. So I add that to the bowl and return it to the microwave for another minute or two, until the butter has melted and it’s easy to mix.


Mash and blend the butter and bananas to form your liquid base for the bread.


Pour cake mix on top of banana/butter mixture. This creates a barrier to keep the hot butter/banana mixture away from the eggs. I add the eggs to a small well in the middle of the cake mix and stir slowly to introduce the eggs gradually to the hot butter. There’s a fancy cooking term called “tempering” when you do this – but really, we’re just trying to avoid scrambling the eggs.


Mix to blend well, creating a scrumptious smooth batter. With standard quick bread recipes like banana bread you usually want to avoid over mixing to keep the bread from being too tough. There’s no worry of that with this recipe – so mix away. Don’t go crazy and make a souffle, but feel free to stir until fully blended.


Pour into prepared bread pan and bake at 350 for 45 minutes to one hour, until a fork or toothpick can be inserted into the middle and come out clean.


Mmmm! Delicious!

It’s VERY important to allow this bread to cool completely before trying to remove from the pan. You don’t want your bread to fall apart, it’s tragic.


But patience is a virtue that will be rewarded with crazy yummy banana bread!


23 thoughts on “Quick and Easy Banana Bread Made With Cake Mix

  1. Cheyenne

    Oddly enough I never thought of making banana bread out of cake mix, looks great! =^.^=

    1. Amanda

      It makes it super easy to throw it all together πŸ™‚

  2. wordforlifesays

    Yum, I’m gonna have to try this one πŸ™‚

    1. Abbie

      Looks so good! Should I follow the cake mix box for ingredients or always use eggs instead of vegetable oil?

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  4. Kristin Stewart @ thismamasheartthoughts.blogspot.ca

    this looks great! A few dumb questions…your butter stick looks different than mine.. do you know the size? maybe we have different sizes up here in Canada. I don’t want to over butter…also dumb question…is a bread loaf pan just a regular loaf pan or is it bigger? i have a loaf pan but also looks smaller than your picture. Just wondering a few of these things before i try it. Also, have you ever added nuts.

    1. Amanda

      Hi there πŸ™‚ our butter is a 1/2 cup per stick. And I’m just using a regular ol’ bread pan. I’ve never tried nuts – but I’d bet that would be yummy!

  5. Carla Bauer

    Well, I was looking for an easy banana bread recipe and ta da! I found yours. I got all excited then realized I only had a strawberry cake mix πŸ™ It smells amazing, I just took it out of the oven. I hope it tastes just as good!

  6. monica

    I only have two ripe bananas? Amy thoughts

    1. Amanda Coers

      You can still make this, you might add an additional egg πŸ™‚

    2. darla

      Or add 2-3 tablespoons of buttermilk if you have it:)

  7. Sophie

    I had to make this when I saw that it called for a cake mix, butter pecan on top of that, I have plenty of those in my pantry. I had to lick the spoon just to taste it before washing everything and let me tell you it was delicious. I did add some chopped pecans to mine because we love nuts in our banana bread. Now, I just have to wait for the cake/bread to be done. I baked mine in a bundt pan because I found that my loaf dish was too small.

  8. Kathleen Saladino

    This looks great….I only have chocolate cake mix….here’s hoping for deliciousness!!

  9. Laura Lewis Sasser

    This recipe is awesome. I let my 9 year old daughter make this one her own yesterday and it is gone already. So today I am making this recipe and adding blueberries. I can’t wait for it to cool. Thank you for sharing this amazingly easy recipe. It is a new favorite in our house.

  10. Ashley

    What is the bake tinge for muffins? I don’t have a loaf pan…

    1. Amanda Coers

      Try 20 minutes and add five more if not fully cooked

  11. jean m long

    made this for a snack at work for the girls……amazing!
    thank you!

  12. Julie

    Any ideas on what to substitute for the eggs? Trying to make an eggless version of this loaf of deliciousness!

  13. Brenda

    I made this. I added cinnamon and walnuts. Everyone loved it. Making it again today.

  14. m.d.

    I’m not a baker n I tried this. It was super easy… I also added pecans ,a teaspoon of cinnamon, n a few cranberries……. Delishhhhhhh. Thanx!!

  15. Sarah

    Trying it this morning…it’s in the oven now!

  16. Candi

    This is beyond amazing !! Super quick and easy. We bought banana bread at the store, I ate the last two pieces so I wanted to get some more, store was out. Looked for an easy recipe and made this. This banana bread is a thousand X’s better than the store bought. My husband agrees too. I completely recondmend this recipe!

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