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.
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.
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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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.
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)
To make the cake:
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- 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.
- In a separate bowl, mash the bananas with the milk. Set aside.
- 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.
- 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:
- Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese and vanilla. Reduce the speed and gradually add the confectioners’ sugar.
- Spread the frosting on the cake. Sprinkle with nuts.
Recipe slightly adapted from All You.
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