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

CAKE

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

FROSTING

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!

~Bethany

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