Banana Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting

banana cake with vanilla bean frosting recipeI know that it is the first of the year, and I am supposed to be posting a healthy recipe or a recap of 2011, but I am not really in the mood to do that. I am going to go in a different direction. I love the idea of a new year. The idea of a fresh start has always appealed to me. I believe that a new year means a chance to put the past behind us and start clean. In that regard, I understand why people jump on the diet bandwagon and purge their homes. The part that I don’t buy, is that you need to do it on January 1st. You can make changes on any of the 365 (this year we even get an extra day to make a change) days of the year. That is the beauty of being human, we get to make changes in our lives every single day. In May you can decide to eat better, or in February you can quit smoking.

A few years ago, I was a gym rat (notice how I use past tense). I went every day and the same people were there. On the 1st of the year, the gym is packed. For 2 weeks. The resolution makers would come, take up all of the treadmills, and then disappear come the 15th. It made me realize that resolutions need intention. You can say that you want to start a healthy lifestyle, but if you want to make it stick, you have to do the work. I like the idea of setting goals instead of making resolutions for this reason. I don’t feel bad about myself when I reach a goal, or cross a task off of my list of things for the year, but I do feel bad about myself when I break a resolution. I can honestly say that every goal I set for myself in 2011, I met. I cannot even tell you what a powerful feeling it is to start a new year with such positivity. I look forward to what 2012 has to offer, and I hope that it brings you everything that dream of.

Oh yeah, this banana cake is pretty divine. I found it on Pinterest. Where I seem to get all of my great ideas these days. This cake is simple and delicious, everything that you want in a recipe. I love this cake because I can decide at 5 o’clock to make it, and it is finished before dinner is done being cleared. My children love this simple cake. Do you remember those little cakes that you could get in convenience stores wrapped in plastic wrap? I think that they were called Mentos? I loved them when I was a kid, and the banana was my favorite. This cake is so much better than that one. I love when something is even better than you remember it to be.

banana cake with vanilla bean frosting recipe2/3 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons room temperature butter
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup mashed very ripe banana (about 2 bananas)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Vanilla Bean Frosting:

2 Tablespoons room temperature butter
1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 vanilla bean, seeded and scraped
pinch of salt

banana cake with vanilla bean frosting recipeCream together butter and sugar. Add the sour cream.

banana cake with vanilla bean frosting recipeAdd the mashed banana, egg, and vanilla.

banana cake with vanilla bean frosting recipeAdd the flour, salt, and baking soda. Stop mixing as soon as it is combined.

banana cake with vanilla bean frosting recipePour the batter into a 9×9 pan that has been coated with cooking spray.

banana cake with vanilla bean frosting recipeBake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes. The cake will be done when a tester comes out clean.

banana cake with vanilla bean frosting recipeLet the cake cool completely. Start on the frosting by creaming together the butter and confectioners sugar. Add the heavy cream slowly and beat until smooth and fluffy. Add the scraped vanilla bean and a pinch of salt.

banana cake with vanilla bean frosting recipeSpread the vanilla bean frosting over the cooled cake.

banana cake with vanilla bean frosting recipe

Banana Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting

Banana Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting

Yield: serves 9
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Banana Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting - this simple cake is perfect for an afternoon snack or any time you have some bananas you need to use up. Reminds me of those little Nemos cakes you used to get at the gas station as a kid.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons room temperature butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup mashed very ripe banana (about 2 bananas)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Vanilla Bean Frosting:

  • 2 Tablespoons room temperature butter
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeded and scraped
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Cream together butter and sugar. Add the sour cream.
  2. Add the mashed banana, egg, and vanilla.
  3. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda. Stop mixing as soon as it is combined.
  4. Pour the batter into a 9Γ—9 pan that has been coated with cooking spray.
  5. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes. The cake will be done when a tester comes out clean.
  6. Let the cake cool completely. Start on the frosting by creaming together the butter and confectioners sugar. Add the heavy cream slowly and beat until smooth and fluffy. Add the scraped vanilla bean and a pinch of salt.
  7. Spread the vanilla bean frosting over the cooled cake.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 289Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 199mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 1gSugar: 33gProtein: 3g
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This Post Has 45 Comments

  1. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    I adore vanilla and vanilla beans. I wouldn’t even need to make this cake. I could just lick the frosting and be very, very happy!

    1. bakedbree

      Me too Averie!

    1. bakedbree

      glad that it looks good.

  2. Corey

    Yum! All I need is a vanilla bean and I can whip this baby up for a back to school treat. Btw, love that you opened my eyes to Ziplist!

    1. bakedbree

      You can use extract if you want. I am so glad that you like Ziplist!

      1. Tracy Paul

        I am new to your site, but love it. What do you think about adding some chocolate chips to the batter? I’d love to make this as a Birthday gift for a new roommate( already gave her a watch.)

        1. bakedbree

          I think that is a great idea! And welcome!

  3. Cassie

    I love the fact that I have overripe bananas on my counter and the fact that I have all the other necessary ingredients to make this. It looks incredible!

    1. bakedbree

      It is your lucky day!

    2. Tracy Paul

      Me too Cassie. Just 2 overripe bananas + all the rest of her listed ingredients ( except 4 vanilla beans), will b using vanilla extract + winging it. It is so rare that I have all the ingredients in my refrig + pantry. This is my lucky day. My new roommate is going home 4 her B-day tomorrow, + need 2 make it right now.

      1. bakedbree

        Hope that you loved it!

  4. Ryan

    I completely agree with you on the whole resolution thing. I refuse to make resolutions, if I want to make changes I don’t see why I should wait until the first of the year.
    This cake looks awesome, I love how fluffy the frosting looks!
    Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      You and me both Ryan, Happy New Year!

  5. Mary

    This looks delicious. I am new to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I’m so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

    1. bakedbree

      Welcome Mary! I am glad that you found me!

  6. Jennifer | Mother Thyme

    Happy New Year! I totally agree with you about resolutions. I never start any of my resolutions on the 1st. I write down my goals for the year but I start when I am ready and focused. Like you said every resolution needs intention. I adore this recipe! My kids love bananas and so do I. I love the simplicity and flavors and look forward to making this.

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Jennifer! I hope that you reach all of your goals in 2012!

  7. Melanie

    Just put this in the oven! I do have a question about the egg, though–it’s in the ingredient list but not in your pictures or instructions. I didn’t want to screw things up, so I threw it into the wet ingredients…hope that was the right choice!!

    1. bakedbree

      that was, sorry! I’ll edit the post.

  8. Marissa Kubinski

    Hi Bree! If I don’t have vanilla bean in the pantry, can the frosting be made with vanilla extract? If so, how much of it?

    1. bakedbree

      Yes, about a teaspoon.

  9. cakebake

    I just find you so divine. You write so beautifully and so honestly…and you make my arm fat dangerously large at times. πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      thank you so much, that is so nice of you to say.

  10. Kristin

    Tomorrow is my birthday, and I asked my husband to make this for me. I’m very excited. πŸ™‚ Thank you in advance for the calories I will consume tomorrow, happily!

    1. bakedbree

      You are welcome!

  11. Kim

    in the middle of making this…where does the egg get added?

    1. bakedbree

      Sorry, after the creaming and before the flour.

  12. Kristen

    I’m a big fan of banana cake! And of Pinterest. And of going against the grain and not doing a “best of 2011” post. Happy new year πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Kristen, Happy New Year to you also! Can’t wait to see you at Julian.

  13. Erika - The Teenage Taste

    Ooh la la! This looks fabulous! It’s like banana bread in cake-form. I love it!

    1. bakedbree

      it is! But better because it is covered in frosting!

  14. honeywhatscooking

    wow, this looks really good. i really like your website… my first time.

    1. bakedbree

      welcome and thank you!

  15. Kena Childers

    Hi Bree,

    Someone already commented on the egg being omitted from the instructions and I think you fixed the post, but I just printed the recipe and the egg is omitted from the mixing instructions. Just thought I’d let you know…can’t wait to get some in my tummy! πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      thanks!

      1. Erin

        Still not fixed on the instructions. Made it last night and had to put the batter back in the mixing bowl after I had already put it in my prepared pan. But the cake turned out great!

        1. bakedbree

          I don’t know what you are talking about. What is missing?

  16. Jen

    If I wanted to adapt this to cupcakes – what would the baking time be? Thanks!

    1. bakedbree

      Cupcakes usually are 16 to 20 minutes.

  17. laura

    Made this cake tonight and may have added too much banana as the cake came out very dense and chewy as opposed to light and fluffy as pictured. Nice flavor though and delicious icing. Will need to try again and properly measure bananas

    1. bakedbree

      Hope it works better next time.

  18. Linda K

    Is this all-purpose flour? Thanks!

    1. bakedbree

      Yes! APF unless noted.

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