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Easy Banana Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

If you are looking for a delicious banana cake that is easy to make, this is the recipe for you. This cake requires no fancy pans and can be enjoyed either frosted or plain. The browned butter, maple cream cheese frosting is delightful and makes this a five-star banana dessert.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana cake, banana cake with maple frosting, brown butter maple cream cheese frosting, easy banana cake
Servings: 12 pieces
Calories: 535cal
Author: Amy
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • 9" x 13" Pyrex baking dish
  • electric hand mixer

Ingredients

Banana Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 overripe bananas mashed
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter softened to room temp
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup walnuts *optional

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 tbsps. browned butter *see notes
  • 8 oz. cream cheese full fat, at room temperature.
  • 1 tsp. maple extract *can sub in vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Line a 9" x 13" Pyrex with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mash bananas until no longer lumpy; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  • Add eggs, extract, butter, and both sugars to the mashed banana bowl and mix with a wooden spoon.
  • Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
  • Pour batter into the parchment lined pan.
  • Bake cake for 25-28 minutes or until a fork inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Frosting

  • Brown the butter in a saucepan for 2-3 minutes until it bubbles and starts to make brown specs. Remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, browned butter, and extract until fluffy and lump-free with an electric hand mixer.
  • Slowly fold in the powdered sugar and whip until lump-free, and fluffy; set aside.
  • Once the cake is cooled for one hour and is not longer hot to the touch, spread the frosting over the cake with a rubber spatula.
  • Cute cake into 12 square slices and enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional values may vary and are meant to be a guide. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 535cal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 351mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 810IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg