Scrumptious Banana Snack Cake with Light Cream Cheese Frosting

Imagine you’re invited to a weekend brunch or lunch and you need to bring a quick dessert. Something light yet sweet. Enter banana snack cake with a sheet of cream cheese frosting. Within a mere 90 minutes, you can whip up a cake that serves a group of people and makes them beg for more. At least that’s what happened at the brunch I attended.

Slowly but surely I am working through my “To Make” list. This cake from Brown Eyed Baker I’ve been eyeing has finally materialized in my kitchen!

With a few tweaks after heeding the advice of a few bloggers, I bring you a cake that’s the fantastic middle ground between banana bread and a banana cupcake.

Banana Snack Cake with Light Cream Cheese Frosting

This is an easy way to use up those brown spotted bananas on your counter or those freezer-burned yellow mushy fruits. If you just want a teaser of sweet sugary frosting, follow the recipe as is. If you’re a lover of a thick cream cheese frosting, I recommend you double the frosting recipe.  🙂

slightly adapted from Brown Eyed Baker


1 1/3 cup sugar

¼ cup oil

¼ cup unsalted butter, softened

2 eggs

3 large bananas or 4 medium bananas

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup buttermilk

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt


2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

4-5 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature

Pinch of salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup powdered sugar

Cake Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9×13 pan.
  2. In a bowl, mash bananas using a fork or a potato masher.
  3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine sugar, oil and butter. Add eggs one at a time and incorporate. Mix in bananas. Add vanilla.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  5. Continue to blend batter together by alternating buttermilk and flour mixture one third at a time.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick test comes out clean. Allow cake to cool.

Frosting Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, beat butter on low speed using a handheld electric mixer.
  2. Add softened cream cheese and continue to mix in.
  3. Pour in powdered sugar 1/3 cup at a time, beating mixture in between each addition.
  4. Add vanilla extract.
  5. Spread over cake.

Cut cake into square and serve with a tall glass of milk.

Now, time to pull those sugar spotted bananas out of the freezer.

Happy baking!


One thought on “Scrumptious Banana Snack Cake with Light Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Pingback: Cupcakes in Moderation | Bethany Creates

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