Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
This Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is my ideal cake. It’s soft, fluffy, moist – and it’s a classic flavor combination that I personally love.
So this past Saturday was the hubs’ birthday. Our birthday’s are super close together. I’m Christmas, he’s January 9th. And to make it even crazier, my younger brother is January 5. We get no break after Christmas. The gift-giving just keeps on going.
And so do the delightful meals! I sure do wish I was with my fam when they had my brother’s birthday dinner last weekend – fresh lobster! But if I couldn’t have that, it’s a good thing we were at my favorite place. A place we’d gone two weeks earlier for my birthday. The Melting Pot.
Oh my heavens. Best. Place. Ever. We both love it. It’s dinner and an experience all in one. Dinner took 3 hours. Never before have I been ok with dinner taking 3 hours. That place is an exception.
Plus, I had a victory. And it was sweet. Pun intended.
The last course of the meal is always the melted chocolate with all the cake, fruit, etc that you can dip into it. For the longest time we’d always get milk chocolate with Baileys. And that’s definitely still one of our faves. However. I love me some white chocolate, bananas and cinnamon. And they have a bananas foster white chocolate that I love. But the hubs is always all, “I don’t really love white chocolate.” 🙁
So we’ve had it before, but it’s not a regular thing for that reason.
However! We had it for my birthday a couple weeks ago and for some reason the hubs fell in love with it this time. So much so that he picked it for his birthday! Sweet, sweet victory! I’ve converted him!
Bananas and white chocolate for all!!
Seriously though, we are banana lovers. So this cake was obviously something we could agree on.
Plus, I’m kinda digging the 9×13 cake. You know I love a good, beautiful layered cake. But this baby was so easy to make and much quicker. Not gonna lie – that’s pretty nice sometimes. Plus, with it being a single layer it feels so much more snack appropriate. Even breakfast appropriate. I mean, hello banana bread.
I know, I know. You’re like, “Lindsay, I’m on a diet.” New Year’s Resolutions and all.
Well lucky for us, I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions. I believe in cake. 🙂 In moderation, of course.
So like I said, this cake is pretty easy to make. It uses the traditional creaming method, which adds air and fluffiness to the cake. So don’t shortchange the creaming time.
Next you’ll add some vanilla and sour cream. I love the flavor sour cream gives, plus it’s moisture city.
Then the eggs. Best to add them in a couple batches so they incorporate better. Next comes adding the dry ingredients and remaining wet ingredients alternatively. This is to help the batter not curdle. Important stuff.
Then bake, cool, frost. You will love that cream cheese frosting. Best stuff ever.
Who’s ready for a snack cake?!
Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Yield: 9x13 Cake, 15-20 Slices
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 1 egg white
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup mashed bananas (2-3 medium sized bananas)
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
- 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp water
- banana chips
1. Grease a 9×13 cake pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
2. Add vanilla, sour cream and vegetable oil and mix until well combined.
3. Add eggs and egg white in two batches, mixing until well combined.
4. Combine dry ingredients in another bowl.
5. Add half of the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until well combined.
6. Add the mashed bananas and mix until well combined.
7. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
8. Pour batter into cake pan and bake 34-36 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs.
9. Allow cake to cool completely.
10. To make frosting, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth.
11. Add half of the powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
12. Add vanilla extract and water and beat until smooth.
13. Add remaining powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
14. Frost the cake with the cream cheese frosting.
15. Use a piping bag and tip (I used Ateco 844) to pipe swirls around the outer edge of the cake and garnish with banana chips.
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