Frosted Banana Cake is sweet, moist banana flavoured deliciousness. Once cooled, top it off with a to die for vanilla cream cheese icing.
This recipe for Frosted Banana Cake is what’s gonna get you through the week!! It’s sweet and moist and full of great banana flavour. Then it’s topped off with a killer vanilla cream cheese icing. Doesn’t that sound amazing?!
One of the things that I always seem to have an overabundance of in my kitchen are bananas that are too ripe to eat straight up. I am not a fan of overripe bananas….they gotta be on the green side for me to want to eat them. As a result, I am not able to eat them all before they become too ripe so I always end up with a bunch left over. Thank goodness there are millions of ways to use them up such as in this yummy Frosted Banana Cake. It’s also good that leftover overripe bananas freeze well so you can use them later. A freezer full of bananas translates into many different treats. From banana bread to banana smoothies, the sky’s the limit on delicious ways to use them up. I am going to show you how well they work in my post today for Frosted Banana Cake. Let me tell you, this is gonna be good!
Not only does this cake taste awesome but it’s really quite simple to make as well. That translates to a win/win in my books! The only thing that really takes any time is baking it. While the cake is in the oven, you can make the vanilla cream cheese icing that really takes this Frosted Banana Cake to a whole new level. It is really the finishing touch to what is already mighty tasty cake!
The big tip that I have for you when you make this cake is a really important one. It is not going to be a tip that is only good for this recipe, either, it is one that you can use anytime you have to cream butter and sugar together. It is really crucial to the final product that you take the time to cream these two ingredients together correctly. This is not just a matter of ensuring that the sugar and the butter are well mixed. These ingredients have to go through a metamorphosis of sorts that will actually alter the composition of it. When you first mix the sugar in, it is quite grainy. After a lot of beating with the hand mixer, eventually the mix will smooth out and lose the graininess. Once this happens, you can move onto the next step of the recipe. The extra beating will make your cake moister and fluffier. Here is a picture of before and after beating the mix for 5 minutes. I hope that you are able to see the difference in texture that I am referring to.
The picture above is the sugar and butter mixture that hasn’t been beaten for long. It’s just beaten at this point enough to mix the ingredients together well.
This picture above is the mixture after it has been thoroughly beaten for at least 5 minutes with the hand mixer on high. It is much smoother and fluffier in texture than the previous picture.
Time to get on to the recipe itself so you can get making your own Frosted Banana Cake!
Frosted Banana Cake is sweet and moist and full of great banana flavour. Once cooled, top it off with an irresistible vanilla cream cheese icing!
- 1 1/2 Cups Bananas, mashed
- 3 Cups Flour
- 3/4 Cup Butter, softened
- 2 Cups Sugar
- 1 1/2 Cups Buttermilk Homemade - Add 1 tbsp white vinegar to regular milk
- 3 Large Eggs
- 2 Tsp Lemon Juice
- 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
- 3 1/2 Cups Icing Sugar
- 1 8 oz Cream cheese block, softened
- 1/2 Cup Butter, softened
- 1 Tsp Vanilla I used vanilla bean paste and it was fantastic!! If you have some, use it!
Oven set to 350. If making homemade buttermilk, add 1 Tbsp of white vinegar to the 1 1/2 cups of milk. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Grease a 9" x 13" pan with vegetable spray, be sure to do the sides as well as the bottom. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar and mix well. See additional instructions on the recipe post for the best method to cream the mixture to achieve the best results. Combine together the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside. Once the mixture is well creamed, add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition, then add in the vanilla. Starting with the flour, add a 1/3 of the mix alternating with the buttermilk, a 1/3 at a time until it's all incorporated. Finally, add in the bananas and the lemon juice. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 50 minutes or until cake tester/toothpick comes out clean. If it isn't done in 50 minutes, continue to bake but be sure to watch it closely so that it doesn't over bake. Check it every 5 minutes with the cake tester/toothpick. Take the cake out and allow it to cool completely before frosting.
In a medium sized bowl, add in the cream cheese and butter and mix well with hand beaters. Add in the vanilla and mix again. Finally add in the icing sugar and beat til mixed thoroughly. Once the cake has cooled, it's ready to be frosted! An off-set spatula works wonders for this! It's a great investment if you don't already have one. I use mine all the time!
I thought it would be helpful to include a picture of what the banana cake batter should look like. You can see in the background of this picture, the vanilla bean paste that I used for the frosting. It is relatively easy to find at the grocery store and really offers amazing vanilla flavour that is more intense than extract.
Here is the finished product, cooling on the stove. If you want to, you can omit the icing (though I REALLY don’t know why you wouldn’t want to add the frosting!). But just in case you’d rather leave it out, this cake will taste great as is.
One last picture for the road…..serve this Frosted Banana Cake with a nice cup of tea and watch your guests swoon!! Doesn’t that look great??!