Banana Bread Cake & Brown Butter Frosting

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!

Banana Bread Cake

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!) 

Banana Bread Cake with Brown Butter-Cream Cheese Frosting
Author: WonkyWonderful
Cake Ingredients
  • 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
Frosting Ingredients
  • 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
For The Cake
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix the butter, sugars, sour cream, greek yogurt and eggs until smooth.
  3. Add the bananas and vanilla then give it a quick stir.
  4. Next add the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and walnuts.
  5. Mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated.
  6. Pour batter into a greased 9Γ—13 cake pan.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
For The Frosting
  1. Melt butter in a small sauce pan on medium heat, let it boil for several minutes.
  2. Give it a stir every minute or so and pay attention to the color.
  3. Once the butter has turned a golden amber color remove from the heat.
  4. Whisk in the powdered sugar, vanilla, milk cinnamon and cream cheese.
  5. Continue to whisk together until creamy.
  6. Once the cake is finished baking, remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Then spread the frosting onto the cake and top with chopped walnuts (opt).
Recipe Notes
I also added 1/2 cup of roughly chopped walnuts on top of the cake.
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
It seems like a lot of steps and ingredients.  But, I was eating a piece of fresh baked cake about an hour after I began the process.
 Banana Bread Cake

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) 

Banana Bread Cake

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! 

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  1. Will be making this within the next cpl of days:-)

  2. Shawn Brooks says:

    Made this today. I opted out the walnuts and added mini chocolate chips. Cake is very moist and delicious. This was my first try of making the butter frosting. Nice flavors !! I liked the foil liner trick. Worked like a charm.

    • admin says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this cake! The chocolate chips sound like a wonderful addition … I’ll have to keep that in mind for next time.

  3. Whoa, that looks & sounds amazing!! I’m drooling πŸ™‚ I saw you at Lil’ Luna – thanks for sharing!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Nicole! Thanks so much for the kind words and for stopping by πŸ™‚

  4. Heather says:

    This cake is AMAZING! I’ve made it a few times and it’s my husbands new FAVORITE! I’m here today because it’s Father’s Day and I wanted to make him a special treat! Today, I added some peanutbutter in the frosting and it tastes SO AMAZING! Peanutbutter and banana are one of his favorite combos so I think he’s going to love it even more this way! It should taste AWESOME!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Oh my gosh Heather … adding peanut butter to the frosting is a brilliant idea! Anyone that loves the PB & Banana combo would be in heaven. I’m so glad you and the hubby like the cake. It is definitely one of my all time favorites!

  5. Shelly says:

    Hi…this cake looks so delicious and moist. Do you think it would make any difference to use 1 cup of Greek yogurt vice 1/2 cup sour cream and 1/2 cup yogurt? It seems to me, it would not make a difference, but I would love your opinion. I always substitute non-fat Greek yogurt anytime a recipe calls for sour cream…. Thank you very much.

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Shelly! I’m so glad you like this cake, it is one of my all-time favorites! Yes, you can definitely use 1 cup Greek yogurt and omit the sour cream. I made this cake two weeks ago and used only Greek yogurt. I added a note to the recipe but it is probably easily overlooked. I stopped buying sour cream and have been using Greek yogurt for everything that calls for sour cream as well. So far it has never made a difference. Thanks and Enjoy! πŸ™‚

  6. Betsy Walker says:

    Fabulous recipe! A new favorite at my house. I initially made this b/c I had bananas that were brown. We loved it, and so did my coworkers! So I made this for my Mom’s birthday party and it was a huge hit!! I heard family asking Mom where we bought it and they could hardly believe that I MADE it. I got so many compliments!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      I’m so glad that all of your friends and family love this cake! This is definitely one of my family’s favorites too!

  7. Drooling! This looks delicious! Visiting from the Sundae Scoop Link Party! Would love to have you link this one up at the Ladies Only Blog Share link party, too! Every post is promoted across our social networks and blogging community. Stop on by! πŸ™‚

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Thanks Crystal! This is my absolute favorite cake … So Good! Have a wonderful week πŸ™‚

  8. I can’t really imagine anything better than banana, browned butter, and cream cheese all getting together to party.

    • Nicole Harris says:

      It is true … doesn’t get much better than this cake! Thanks for stopping by, Alexis.

  9. Janet Burton says:

    I just made this cake….It was Awesome!!!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed! This is definitely one of those recipes that you make again and again!

  10. This cake is the best for using up bananas.
    my husband just thinks its the bomb of all cakes. …
    I told him the website name and how
    I love your cooking blogs. So now he has renamed
    the cake to “wonky banana cake”…THE BEST EVER!
    Thanks so much for your recipes and fun blog.
    Always a fan here in W.Va :0)

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hahaha…Wonky Banana Cake, I love it! I’m glad you and your husband like it so much! Thanks for being a part of my Wonky Wonderful World πŸ˜€

  11. MARJORIE says:

    Add to nutella instead of frosting and it will satisfy everything you ever wanted! This is my all time fav!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      That is a fantastic idea, Marjorie! Nutella can make anything better, in my opinion!

  12. Heather says:

    Heaven! I cannot even believe how good this is! I also added peanut butter to the frosting and could’ve eaten the whole pan before the cake cooled. YUM!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      I’m so glad you love it! And that addition of peanut butter sounds amazing!

  13. It looks very good. I like to eat banana cake.
    I like it very much.

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