Smothered with brown sugar frosting, this Easy Banana Cake is the ultimate treat. With just one bowl and a mixer needed, truly anyone can make this decadent cake!
An Easy & Moist Cake
This moist banana cake will quickly become your absolute favorite banana recipe. With a decadent (but easy!) brown sugar frosting, it’s the ultimate treat and so crazy easy to make!
It’s no secret that I adore baking with bananas. Not only are they my favorite fruit, adding them to baked goods will make them super moist!
Banana zucchini muffins, banana pudding cupcakes, banoffee pie, and banana Nutella cupcakes are just a few of my favorite banana recipes I’ve tried. This cake was inspired by the banana cupcakes – the cupcakes were so good, I thought I’d try a cake version as well!
It was a great idea because this banana cake is the dreamiest!
This cake is so moist. And the brown sugar frosting, OH MY HEAVENS, it’s delightful. I love the caramel-y flavor of the frosting. It complements the cake so well.
I promise this is the butteriest, richest, and most tender banana cake you’ll ever try. Not to mention, it’s super flavorful.
If you like banana bread, you’ll love this cake. It resembles banana bread in a sense but it isn’t quite as dense. It’s soft but not crumbly.
What You’ll Need
Let’s break down all the ingredients you need for today’s cake and, of course, the brown sugar frosting! (It’s technically optional but you’d be crazy to skip it!)
- Butter – Use room temperature unsalted butter. I prefer sweet cream butter because it tastes the best in baked goods.
- Sugar – Granulated sugar is what I used but you could use brown sugar also or a combination of both. Coconut sugar would also be great.
- Eggs – Whole eggs are used for binding.
- Vanilla extract – Use high-quality pure vanilla for the best results.
- Banana – You need 4 large bananas. Make sure the skins are super spotty. This means they are perfect for baking.
- Plain Greek yogurt – The cake came out with the best texture when Greek yogurt was used. You could also use regular yogurt or sour cream.
- Cake flour – Cake flour will give you the best texture. All-purpose isn’t recommended.
- Leavening – Baking powder and baking soda are both used to give the cake rise.
- Salt & cinnamon – A little salt and ground cinnamon are added to enhance the flavor of the cake.
To bake this cake you need:
- Mixer – You really only need a hand mixer but and a stand mixer will make the process even easier.
- Food processor – I like to use this food processor to puree the bananas.
- Baking pan – Through testing this recipe, I found that a ceramic or glass baking pan works the best. The cake won’t rise as tall in a nonstick pan.
- Sifter – I prefer to use a fine-mesh sieve but a sifter will work also.
How To Make Banana Cake
It’s super easy to make this moist cake. The recipe comes together quickly and the cake bakes up tall and fluffy.
Beat the wet ingredients. Beat on the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla extract, followed by the pureed banana and yogurt.
Add the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to a sifter and sift into the banana mixture. Mix until just incorporated.
Bake. Transfer the batter to the pan. Bake for 25-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan.
Make the frosting. Melt the butter over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and heavy cream, then bring to a boil. Let it bubble for 3 minutes, whisking constantly. Remove from heat, pour into a bowl and beat until room temperature. Gradually add in the confectioner’s sugar and remaining heavy cream. Spread over the cooled cake and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.
Are Banana Bread and Banana Cake The Same?
The difference between my banana cake and banana bread is the type of flour and leavening used. For the banana cake, I use cake flour with baking powder and baking soda. For banana bread, I use all-purpose flour and only baking soda.
Tips for Success
To ensure the best banana cake you can possibly make, you’ll just want to keep these tips in mind.
- Properly preheat the oven. It’s important to have the oven preheated for at least 30 minutes before making the cake.
- Bring ingredients to room temperature. Before mixing and baking, all ingredients in this recipe should be room temperature.
- Allow to cool before adding frosting. The cake should be at room temperature before adding the frosting.
You can serve your banana cake straight from the fridge or at room temperature, though you should always pop it in the fridge for 30 minutes after frosting.
I also like to top my cake with fresh slices of banana just before serving. Since the cake is so rich with frosting, small pieces are ideal – making this perfect for serving a crowd!
How to Store
Due to the frosting, this cake should be stored in the fridge. Keep it tightly covered and it will last for up to 5 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Can I Freeze This?
Yes, you can freeze banana cake, with or without the frosting. Either way, it should cool completely and then be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and foil. Thaw overnight in the fridge and bring to room temperature before serving.