Lemon Coconut Banana Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 12
Calories 711 kcal



  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 medium ripe bananas
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes


  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4.5 oz cream of coconut
  • Zest from 1 lemon


  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 4 oz cream of coconut
  • 12 oz whipped topping like COOL WHIP
  • Zest from 1 lemon


  • 2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
US Customary - Metric



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a 9x13 casserole baking pan.
  2. Combine flour, both sugars and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, buttermilk, eggs, vanilla extract, and smashed bananas. Whisk until all combined.

  4. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix with a spatula until smoothly combined.
  5. Fold in lemon zest and coconut flakes until evenly distributed.

  6. Pour cake batter into the prepared baking pan and spread it evenly.
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
  8. Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes. Poke holes all over the cake (use something that is about a pencil thickness).


  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk sweetened condensed milk, lemon zest, and cream of coconut.

  2. SLOWLY and evenly, pour sweet sauce mixture all over the cake. Let it seep in and cool completely before frosting. I usually pour it slowly and try to hit every hole so the not all the syrup runs off the sides.


  1. Beat cream cheese on medium-high speed, until smooth, 1-2 minutes. Scrape sides and bottom of the bowl.

  2. Lower the speed to low and pour in cream of coconut. Mix on low until starts to incorporate and then bring up speed to high and beat for 2-3 more minutes. You may need to stop in the middle to scrape sides and bottom of the bowl. 

  3. Turn down the speed to low and add COOL Whip and lemon zest. Fold until evenly incorporated and smooth.

  4. Once the cake is cooled completely, evenly frost the cake all over.

  5. Optional: spread coconut flakes all over the top of the cake.

  6. Cake can be served right away at room temperature or cold. Personally, I think it's best after the cake had some time to soak up the syrup.

    Cover and keep the cake refrigerated when not serving.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Coconut Banana Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 711 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 335mg15%
Potassium 357mg10%
Carbohydrates 116g39%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 84g93%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 460IU9%
Vitamin C 3.4mg4%
Calcium 201mg20%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.