Christmas Grinch Cake Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
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This dense, moist Christmas Grinch Cake Recipe is coated with white chocolate and decorated like a Christmas wreath! A perfect homemade gift for friends and neighbors during the holidays.

A cake covered in green icing, decorated with red and white ribbons and other Christmas items.

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Why You’ll Love This Grinch Cake Recipe

  • Ultra moist banana cake. There’s a reason my frosted banana cake recipe is called “dream cake!” But what happens when you take a rich, moist banana cake and “Christmas-ify” it? You get a festive, colorful dessert reminiscent of the Grinch movie and Christmas wreaths!
  • Easy to make. All you need to do is bake the cake, melt the chocolate, and pour it over the cake. Let it cool and you have the perfect Grinch dessert ready to go!
  • Perfect for the holidays. The green wreath shape and red heart sprinkles make this Grinch dessert perfect for holiday parties and more.

If you want to do even more Grinch-themed food, check out these fluffy Grinch Pancakes or this Grinch Fudge!

From top left, ingredients for banana cake recipe: Eggs, milk, salt, sugar, baking powder, bananas, flour, vegetable oil, sprinkles, food coloring, white chocolate.

What You’ll Need

What goes into this grinch cake? Well, the star ingredient is definitely banana – the riper, the better. Scroll down to the recipe card below for measurements.

  • Flour: Regular all-purpose flour is my go-to.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar is fine, or you could substitute raw sugar, or your favorite 1:1 sugar substitute.
  • Baking Powder: To make the cake rise and have a good texture. Make sure you use baking powder, not baking soda.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon brings extra-cozy vibes, and makes a perfect match for bananas.
  • Salt
  • Bananas: Mash up the ripe bananas before adding them to the cake.
  • Eggs: Large, whole eggs add structure and richness.
  • Milk: Whole milk, reduced fat, or low fat.
  • Oil: Using vegetable oil ensures that the cake turns out moist, without making it heavy.
  • Vanilla: Pure vanilla extract gives the best flavor.
  • White Chocolate: You’ll need a good quality white chocolate (I like Ghirardelli) for melting.
  • Green Food Coloring: To tint the white chocolate and make the cake look like a wreath, I like to use green gel food coloring.
  • Red Heart Sprinkles: These heart sprinkles are optional, but they add a fun and festive look!
A Christmas Grinch cake with a red ribbon tied around it.

How to Make Grinch Cake

One of my favorite things about this recipe is how simple it is to make. You don’t even need a stand mixer or hand mixer – a couple of bowls and a whisk will do the trick. Scroll down to the recipe card for more detailed instructions.

  • Make the cake batter. Preheat the oven to 325F and grease your pan. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the mashed bananas, eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture, stirring until lumpy but combined. Pour in the pan.
  • Bake. Bake for 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before decorating.
  • Decorate. Melt the chocolate according to package directions. Stir in half of the food coloring then add more as needed to get your desired color. Pour the chocolate over the cake, using a spatula to press it into any cracks or dents. Add the sugar hearts if using.
  • Chill. Chill in the fridge until the chocolate is fully set, then slice and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

These helpful baking tips are my top pieces of advice when it comes to making Grinch dessert. Read on, and happy baking!

  • Which Cake Pan? This is the 9-inch tube pan I used for my cake, but you can feel free to substitute a Bundt pan or angel food cake pan, instead. Keep in mind that some pans will result in a faster bake than others, so keep an eye on your cake!
  • Ripe Bananas: The darker the bananas, the better – there’s no such thing as a too-ripe banana when making this banana cake. Just avoid fruit that’s moldy or otherwise rotten.
  • Decorating: You can decorate the finished cake with ribbons, as shown in the photos. This makes a fun holiday gift for friends and neighbors. I usually wrap the cake in a cellophane wrapping bag, and tie it at the top with a ribbon for a pretty presentation.
A Christmas banana cake decorated with green frosting, ribbons, sprinkles, and more.

Variation Ideas

If you are interested in making this Grinch cake, keep reading – these easy variations are my favorite ideas for changing up the basic recipe and making it that much more flavorful.

  • Add Nuts: For extra crunch, try sprinkling chopped pecans or walnuts into the batter, or on top of the white chocolate coating. 
  • Warm Spices: In addition to the cinnamon, you can also use extra spices to warm it up, such as a little freshly ground nutmeg. 
  • Sweet Mix-Ins: A lot of traditional Christmas cakes include chopped dried fruit, and you can totally do that with this cake as well. Fold chopped dates, halved raisins, candied citrus, or whatever you like! (Pro tip: to keep these mix-ins from sinking to the bottom of the cake pan, toss them with a little flour before folding them gently into the batter.)
A Christmas banana cake with a small slice cut from it, served on a dessert plate.

How to Store Leftover Cake

  • Fridge. Cover your cake with saran wrap and then store it in the fridge for 5-7 days. This ensures that the chocolate doesn’t melt or warm up too much.
  • Freezer. To freeze, just wrap the chilled cake in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight or on the counter for several hours before serving.
  • Serving. The only downside to storing this cake in the fridge is that the chocolate can crack if you cut into the cake while it’s still cold. This personally doesn’t bother me if all I want is a slice of cake for myself. However, if you are planning to serve the cake to guests I recommended taking it out of the fridge a few hours before cutting into it.
A cake covered in green icing, decorated with red and white ribbons and other Christmas items.
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Yield: 8 – 10 Servings

Christmas Banana Grinch Cake

This dense, moist Christmas Grinch Cake Recipe is coated with white chocolate and decorated like a Christmas wreath! A perfect homemade gift for friends and neighbors during the holidays.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time1 hour


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 12 ounces white chocolate, or white chocolate chips
  • ¼ teaspoon green gel food coloring
  • Red heart sprinkles, if desired

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  • Preheat your oven to 325°F and grease a Bundt pan or tube pan
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt to combine.
  • In a large bowl, combine the mashed banana, eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla extract, whisking until well-combined.
  • Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, and mix until well-combined. There will be some lumps, but that is ok. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan.
  • Bake for 50 – 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Allow the cake to cool completely before decorating.
  • Once the cake is cooled, melt the white chocolate according to the package directions. Stir in half of the green food coloring and whisk to combine. If the color is not intense enough, add more food coloring as needed.
  • Place the cake on a wire rack or a rimmed baking sheet. Pour the melted, tinted white chocolate over the cake until coated. You can use the back of a spoon to press the chocolate into the sides of the cake if there are uneven places that the chocolate doesn’t fall into.
  • Sprinkle the cake with sugar hearts, if desired, and refrigerate until the chocolate is set. 
  • Enjoy!


Store this cake for 5 – 7 days in the refrigerator.


Serving: 1, Calories: 565kcal, Carbohydrates: 79g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 56mg, Sodium: 315mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 50g


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