This always happens to me. I buy bananas and a couple turn brown before I finish the bunch. While flipping through my collection of twelve community fundraiser cookbooks – a collection boardering on obsession at this point – I found eight different variations of banana bread. But I wasn’t quite in the mood to try any of them out.
A quick search online came back with a couple of interesting options like Fried Chocolate and Banana Ravioli or Banana Rum Fizz. Deciding to pass on fancy, I focused my creative energies on baking something familiar, only with a twist.
Then I saw it, a block of cream cheese, and immediately thought…cream cheese frosting! “I should bake a banana cake with cream cheese frosting,” I said to my dog, Sophie. Which is far more socially acceptable than standing in the middle of my kitchen, alone, eating cream cheese frosting with a spoon. Sophie just sat in front of the refrigerator, staring with her huge brown eyes, and waited for me to spill a few crumbs at some point.
The end result was a moist cake with just a hint of banana and vanilla flavor throughout. Not too dense. Not too sweet. The cream cheese frosting makes up for that part.
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Prepared cream cheese frosting or this homemade version
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch round cake pan; set aside. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, and beat to incorporate.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture, and mix until just combined. Add bananas, sour cream, and vanilla; mix to combine. Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 35-40 minutes. Let rest in pan for 10 minutes, and then turn out onto a rack to cool. Spread top with cream cheese frosting.
Side Note: You will notice in the picture above, I was really excited about sampling this cake. So much so that I frosted the top and cut a slice while it was a little too warm. The semi-melted cream cheese frosting was amazing!