There is something completely simple yet decadent about this Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Maybe it’s the slightly sweet banana cake without being too sweet. Or perhaps it’s the classic cream cheese frosting that everyone seems to love that just brings this cake over the top.
A group of ladies started what we lovingly term our “Stitch & Bitch”. Once a month we get together for a day of stitching (or crafting) and socializing. It’s always a good time and it’s a great way to keep in touch with each other. And there is ALWAYS great food. This past month, one of the ladies brought with her a Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. It was amazing! Fast forward a few weeks. My husband’s birthday was approaching and I asked him what kind of cake he wanted – his response? Anything with cream cheese icing. My thoughts immediately went to my carrot cake. But then I remembered the Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. I let my husband think I was making him carrot cake but the family was not at all disappointed when I presented this delicious cake to them. It was simple for me to make, which I loved, and my husband ate nearly a 1/4 of the cake for his birthday.
My favourite thing about baking with bananas is I always seem to have them on hand and they have a wonderful comforting flavour. When the bananas get to a point where the family stops reaching for them due to their darker colours, I’ll toss them in the freezer to bake with another day. They are also great to make smoothies with. It’s a great frugal way to use up your bananas.
Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 mashed (over ripe) bananas (about 3/4 cup)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extact
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1/2 block (4 oz.) cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons butter , softened
- up to 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup chopped , toasted walnuts (optional)
Mix together the sugar, sour cream, eggs, melted butter, mashed banana and vanilla in a large bowl. ?In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Gradually mix the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients until well combined and smooth.?Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake at 375*F for about 30 minutes (check after 25 minutes). Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no wet batter.?Cool (in pan) on wire rack.
Make the frosting:
?In the bowl of an electric mixer, or with an electric hand mixer, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar, then add vanilla. Add milk or cream, if needed to thin frosting for easy spreading.?Spread frosting onto cooled cake (make sure the cake is cool, or the frosti
ng will melt).? Top cake with chopped, toasted nuts, if desired.
*I used 2 8″ circle cake pans, cooked them for 18 minutes and they turned out beautifully.
Original source for this recipe is Glorious Treats.