Skip to main content

Banana Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Banana Cake
This banana cake recipe has been with me for about 25 years, ever since a work colleague gave it to me way back when.  Over the years I had forgotten about the cake and forgotten who had give me the recipe.  After all, there have been many more recipes and many more colleagues in those 25 years.  Not too long ago I was going through my old recipes and found the page with this recipe.  There was a time when I was making banana cakes frequently, but I hadn't made one in several years.  I put the recipe in my recipe binder, planning to make a banana cake again soon.
About a month ago I received a phone call from that long ago colleague.  She was looking for the banana cake recipe and thought she remembered giving it to me.  Ah ha, at last I knew from whom I had received the recipe.  Did I have it. she wondered?  You know the recipe with bananas in the frosting?  Yes, I did have it.  She was relieved and I was motivated to make a banana cake.

This is a dense cake, packed with banana flavor.  The most unique thing about it is that banana puree is an important ingredient in the frosting.  Make this cake at least a day ahead of when you will serve it.  The flavors are enhanced.  You'll find that it freezes well, too.

Banana Cake
Banana Cake Ingredients
  • 4 medium ripe bananas
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

For the Frosting
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 3 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • splash of vanilla, optional

Directions
Grease and flour a deep cake pan.  I used a 10 inch spring form pan, but any size pan with tall sides can be used.  Mash the 4 bananas into a smooth puree.  In a separate bowl, beat the eggs.  Cream the butter and sugar together in the bowl of your electric mixer until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs and then the bananas.  Beat well, until smooth, about 2 minutes.

The Cake Batter


Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.  Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture.  Add the chopped nuts and stir to combine.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake on the center rack of your oven for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes and remove the cake from the pan.  Cool completely before frosting.

The Baked Cake


To make the frosting, puree the remaining banana until smooth.  Place the butter and cocoa in a microwave safe bowl and heat until the butter melts.  Pour the butter mixture into the banana puree.  Add the confectioner's sugar in thirds, mixing well to a smooth consistency.  Add a splash of vanilla, if desired.  Let the frosting sit for a couple of minutes to thicken.  Spread on the cake.

The Frosted Banana Cake

You can get the printable Banana Cake recipe by clicking the link.

Enjoy!
Photobucket

Comments

  1. How much sugar in the cake recipe? from Liz

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oops! There are 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar in this recipe. I have fixed it in the post and on the printable recipe page. Thanks for pointing out the omission, Liz.

      Delete
  2. how long can the frosting be refrigerated for.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's a good question, but I'm afraid I don't know the official answer. Experience tells me about three days. In reality, every time I make this cake it is gone in a flash!

      Delete

Post a Comment

Talk to me. I welcome your comments. (These comments are strictly moderated. Spammers take note.)

More Popular Posts

How to Make a Perfect Bacon and Eggs Breakfast

In my opinion, the best breakfast consists of two perfectly fried eggs, crispy bacon, and toast made with hearty bread. This bacon and eggs recipe delivers. Bacon and eggs or eggs and bacon? No matter, it is definitely the breakfast you want on those lazy mornings when you have time to relax around the kitchen table, drinking a cup of coffee or two. The Best Bacon and Eggs Breakfast (This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience.  When you make a purchase using these links you help support this blog.) How to Cook Bacon and Eggs My technique was learned from my mom, by watching her make our family's breakfast over and over again, year after year.  This is a basted egg recipe which means the eggs are cooked in bacon grease. Cooking eggs in bacon fat is easy and takes just a little practice to perfect. All you really need for a great bacon and eggs breakfast is a good nonstick skillet and a good toaster . If you want to make your own bread fo

The Best Asian Dipping Sauce You'll Ever Taste

If you're looking for a versatile, easy-to-make Asian dipping sauce perfect for sushi and dumplings, then you've come to the right place. This recipe for the best Asian dipping sauce is perfect for any time you want a  kick of delicious Asian flavor. An Asian Dipping Sauce for Sushi and Dumplings Try this if you are looking for a dipping sauce that is a little more flavorful than you typically get with your takeout order. You'll love it with dumplings, too!

Grandma's Soft and Chewy Date-Filled Cookies

One of the things I can count on as the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons arrive each year is a feeling of nostalgia. The traditional foods we serve at our family's holiday tables can sure bring out all the feels. Now that it is officially cookie season, we should kick it off with an old-fashioned homemade date-filled cookie recipe. This is a soft, tender cookie with dates that is a special, nostalgic, family recipe.   An Old-Fashioned Date Cookies Recipe This old-fashioned, date-filled cookie was my dad's favorite cookie from his childhood. My dad was born in 1932 so this recipe has been around for quite a while. 

Easy Chicken Parmesan-A Make Ahead Freezer Dinner

Chicken Parmesan is a favorite dinner in the Just One Donna house because it is a delicious dish that can satisfy your cravings for Italian food. It's also easy to make at home with simple ingredients you probably have in your pantry.  But what if you don't have time to cook on a busy weeknight? Don't worry, you can make Chicken Parmesan ahead of time and freeze it for later. I like to prepare Chicken Parmesan to have on hand in my freezer for those busy weeknights when we might be tempted to head to a restaurant instead of eating at home.  How to Make Freezer Chicken Parmesan for Busy Nights This post contains affiliate links.  I receive a small compensation when you shop using these links Easy Freezer Chicken Parmesan for Dinner Chicken Parmesan, also known as Chicken Pa

Traditional New England Whoopie Pies

Are you looking for the best whoopie pie recipe?  Whoopie pies are a quintessential New England dessert and a memorable treat from my childhood.   My mom would make them for us every once in a while.  Oh, what a treat to come home from school to a platter of chocolate whoopie pies!  Yum! Today I'm sharing my recipe for the best-ever whoopie pies. The Best Whoopie Pies Recipe without Marshmallow Fluff Whoopie Pies Whoopie pies are soft round cookie-like cakes with a smooth cream filling sandwiched in the center. Debate rages about the whoopie pie's origin.  Some say these goodies originated in New England, others say they originated with the Amish.   There is also debate about what ingredients should be in the filling.  Many recipes include fillings made with Marshmallow Fluff or buttercream but neither is  traditional, in my opinion.  The whoopie pie of my childhood is a traditional Maine whoopie pie recipe, made with a cooked flour and milk mixture added to suga

How to Doctor Up Store-Bought Potato Salad

Here's a potato salad time-saver for you just in time for summer cookouts. You'll love how you can transform grocery store potato salad so easily no matter whether you are hosting a BBQ or bringing a side dish for a summer barbecue. There's no judgment here. We don't always have the time to make a potato salad from scratch. Sometimes it is just easier to stop by your local grocery store to pick up a container of store-made potato salad. It's good. It's predictable.  It will do.  All it needs is a little doctoring. How to Make Store-Bought Potato Salad Better When you need a quick potato salad, and have no time to make one from scratch, that ordinary store-bought potato salad you have in your refrigerator can go from blah to amazing in just a few minutes with just a few ingredients. Yes, you can improve store-bought potato salad. How to Doctor Up Potato Salad to have a little more flavor? You're going to a potluck picnic or you are having

Winter Care for Orchids and African Violets

Are you familiar with the term "hygge"?  It's a Danish term that has caught on in the U.S. because it speaks to the feelings of coziness and relaxation we seek during the winter months.  It emphasizes the simple things in life and the feelings of a life well-lived.   One of the ways I create hygge this time of year is by making sure my collection of African violets and orchids is happy and healthy, How to Care for African Violets and Orchids During Winter This post contains affiliate links.  We receive a small compensation when you shop with these links. Your houseplants are most likely crying out for some attention right now.  If you are like me, you ignored them a bit during the busy holidays.  After all the festive decorations are put away, it's time to give your plants a lovely spa treatment.  Read on for tips on how to care for orchid plants and African violets in winter.

Spicy Italian Sausage Soup

Is soup your jam in winter? Through the fall and winter months, I like to make a big pot of soup at least once a week.  We'll have it for dinner and then for lunches until it is gone.  Today's recipe for Spicy Italian Sausage Soup is one of those hearty soups that will be perfect with a piece of crusty bread for dipping. Italian Sausage Soup to Spice Up Your Life This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience.   Serve Up Spicy Italian Sausage Soup This soup is a flavorful and hearty Italian-inspired dish that combines the rich flavors of sweet and hot Italian sausages with fresh vegetables like red pepper, celery, onion, potatoes, and kale. It's simmered in a savory chicken stock and seasoned with Italian herbs for a deliciously satisfying meal.

Can You Make Better Bacon in Water?

What is the best way to cook crisp, tender bacon? Today, let's investigate a new method for cooking bacon on the stove that I'm seeing suggested as a technique that will change your life.  It's frying your bacon in a pan with a small amount of water.  Is cooking bacon with a bit of water in the pan a better way to make bacon? How to Cook Bacon in Water This is a simple, relatively fast way to make perfectly cooked bacon every time. Whether you are looking to impress your guests with a decadent breakfast or just want to enjoy a delicious bacon treat, this technique is the perfect solution.

Forgotten Pork Chops-A Skillet Dinner

When I first made this pork chop skillet dinner several years ago I knew it was a winner but never predicted how wildly successful it would be with my readers. Perhaps it is the comfort food combination of pork chops with savory rice.  Or maybe it is the easy one-pan preparation.  Whatever it is, you're sure to love this updated, one-pan, comforting Forgotten Pork Chops dinner.  Pork Chops and Rice with Cream of Mushroom Soup (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  When you purchase through these links I receive a small compensation.)  So you might wonder why I updated the recipe. Like most recipes that are part of my menu rotation, a tweak here or there is customary. I encourage you to do the same.  A tweak here to there will make the recipe your own.