Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This is just the thing to use up those rapidly ripening bananas in the fruit bowl. I used 3 very ripe bananas for this cake which gave it a great flavour. The recipe calls for buttermilk which results in a more soft and airy texture; but like all banana cakes, it is still quite dense and moist. The cream cheese frosting recipe I followed turned out too sweet for my liking so I added more lemon juice, more cream cheese and a decent amount of whipping cream. The resulting frosting was a little runnier than it would have been because of the cream but it firmed up after an hour in the fridge (I couldn’t wait that long to cut the first slice!). I really enjoyed this banana cake and the housemates helped polish it off within 48 hours- that says it all.

Banana Cake

Recipe from Exclusively Food

  • 125g butter, softened (if using unsalted butter, add 1/4 teaspoon salt with the flour)
  • 330g (1 1/2 cups) sugar
  • 280g (1 very slightly rounded cup) very ripe, mashed banana
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla essence
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 100ml buttermilk
  • 225g (1 1/2 cups) self-raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Preheat oven to 160C (fan forced).

Grease the side and base of a 22cm diameter (inside top measurement) round cake pan. Line base of the pan with non-stick baking paper.

Place butter, sugar, banana, vanilla and eggs in a food processor. Process for about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of processor. Add buttermilk and pulse to combine.

Sift flour, salt (if using) and bicarbonate of soda together into a large bowl. Add flour mixture to food processor and process until just combined.

Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake for about 50-60 minutes, or until a skewer or knife inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Leave cake to cool on a wire rack.

Spread cooled cake with cream cheese icing. Store cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 250g cream cheese, softened
  • 45g butter, softened
  • 210g (1 2/3 cups) icing sugar
  • 3 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup chilled whipping cream

Beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until creamy. Add sifted icing sugar and beat until smooth. Add lemon juice and beat to combine. Add whipping cream and beat until thick.

Spread icing over top and sides of cooled cake.

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Published in: on March 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm  Comments (6)  
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  1. Reblogged this on calmyourbeans.

  2. please convert this recipe in cups and teaspoons and e-mail it to me at laura40@aristotle.net thank you

  3. This looks great – especially the frosting =) I’ve been looking for various banana cake recipes to try! I recently made banana flavored cup cakes from a recipe I found on food.com. For Easter, we ordered
    Banana Crumb Cake from an online bakery called Crumb Cake Creations! To die for. Thanks for sharing yours.

  4. Today, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iphone and tested to
    see if it can survive a 25 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now destroyed and she has
    83 views. I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!


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