How many of you have gone to pull a ripe banana from a bunch only to have the tops of all the bananas come along with it? Then you either have to eat all the bananas, figure out a use for them or throw them out.Well, a few days back that happened to me for the umpteenth time. Since I had no desire to eat five bananas that day and I don’t like to throw away perfectly good food, I decided to check around the blogs for tasty banana recipes. Wouldn’t you know it, I came across an amazing recipe for Banana Bread Bars with Brown Butter Frosting on Life’s Simple Measures. I knew immediately that this was the recipe for me and my bananas. I love banana bread & add frosting . . . Yes Please!
I did make some changes to the recipe. Mine is more of a cake than a bar and I added some spices. I also added cream cheese and decreased the frosting recipe. So technically I made: Banana Bread Cake with Brown Butter ~ Cream Cheese Frosting (Sheesh… that’s a mouth full!)
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup Sour Cream
- 1/2 cup Nonfat Greek Yogurt
- 1/2 cup Soft Butter
- 2 Eggs
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- 2 cups Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 3/4 tsp Salt
- 1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
- 4 Smooshed Bananas
- 1/4 cup Butter
- 1 & 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
- 1 & 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- 2 Tb Milk
- 4 ounces Cream Cheese
- Sprinkle of Cinnamon optional
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix the butter, sugars, sour cream, greek yogurt and eggs until smooth.
Add the bananas and vanilla then give it a quick stir.
Next add the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and walnuts.
Mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated.
Pour batter into a greased 9×13 cake pan.
Bake for 30-35 minutes.
Melt butter in a small sauce pan on medium heat, let it boil for several minutes.
Give it a stir every minute or so and pay attention to the color.
Once the butter has turned a golden amber color remove from the heat.
Whisk in the powdered sugar, vanilla, milk cinnamon and cream cheese.
Continue to whisk together until creamy.
Once the cake is finished baking, remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
Then spread the frosting onto the cake and top with chopped walnuts (opt).
I line my cake pan with greased foil and once the cake has cooled, I simply lift the entire cake out of the pan and onto a cutting board to cut slices.
I have made this cake successfully with 1 cup of Greek yogurt and omitted the sour cream.
Adapted from Life’s Simple Measures
The last step is the best … Start shoveling cake into your mouth like so!
Then ask your Mom to take the remaining slices to work with her before you eat the entire cake within a 24 hour period.
(This last step may just have been necessary for me)
In my family we get to request what type of cake we want on our birthday. I always asked for banana bread instead of cake. Problem solved, I can have the best of both worlds.Now I just have to wait until October for another luscious piece of Banana Bread Cake … or until I accidentally rip the tops off of all the bananas again.I hope you decide to give this recipe a try, it really is Amazing!