Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting | Bake or Break

The frequency with which I bake with bananas is dependent on how many we buy that go uneaten. When I see them get to that lovely, ripe, baking stage, I start scouring my brain, all available cookbooks, and the internet for banana recipes. Having made banana bread too many times to count, I really wanted to bake something a little different.

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is irresistible with its dense banana cake and sweet frosting. - Bake or Break

As I kept an eye on our latest batch of steadily ripening bananas, I remembered the glorious banana cupcakes at Billy’s Bakery, one of my favorite NYC bakeries. With those lovelies in mind, I started my search for something similar.

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is irresistible with its dense banana cake and sweet frosting. - Bake or Break

That leads us to this cake. I am a big fan of this cake. It’s denser and sweeter than banana bread. And, of course, there’s cream cheese frosting, which is one of my all-time favorite things. My initial instinct was to bemoan only having an 8-inch square cake. On further contemplation, though, I think having more of it around would be dangerous.

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Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 16 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is irresistible with its dense banana cake and sweet frosting.

Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg white, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup milk

For the frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped toasted nuts (optional)

Directions:

To make the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, oil, and sugar. Beat in the eggs and egg white, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas with the milk. Set aside.
  5. Gradually mix half of the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Mix in the bananas. Mix in the remaining dry ingredients. Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking pan.
  6. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack.

To make the frosting:

  1. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese and vanilla. Reduce the speed and gradually add the confectioners’ sugar.
  2. Spread the frosting on the cake. Sprinkle with nuts.

Recipe slightly adapted from All You.

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