One bowl banana snack cake with browned butter frosting – what. a. mouthful. Clearly this is my attempt to fit as many words as possible in to one recipe title (my other option was: one bowl banana snack cake with browned butter buttercream, but Lane that thought was taking things a bit too far).
Ugh. What a week. What a year. Just full of all kinds of the worst shenanigans. Minus this little precious bundle of everything amazing:
I know. She’s the cutest. 🥰
But seriously. I have seen sooooo many people put up their Christmas decorations already. And you know what? I don’t hate it. Usually I’m all for no-Christmas-music-until-after-Thanksgiving, and definitely no Christmas decorations. But this year feels like we are living in the Wild West and literally anything goes.
Lane would be all over putting up our Christmas decorations but I’m still holding off. We are hosting Thanksgiving this year and I’m worried that by the time Christmas does roll around it won’t feel as special. But I fully support others doing whatever it is that you want/need to do to make it through.
And this banana snack cake is here to help.
Let’s be honest. We’ve already all packed on our COVID-15 and we’re for sure not going to lose it before Christmas. We can diet once the New Year comes – if there is an end in sight to this heckin’ pandemic. So for now we may as well indulge in this one bowl banana snack cake with browned butter frosting.
And if there was ever a cake to indulge in, its this one. Plus, it accomplishes one of my favorite kitchen to-do items: it uses up super ripe bananas. IDK what the heck goes on with toddlers but one week Richard will love bananas and eats like 20 and then throws a fit when we don’t have anymore (but seriously, who buys like 40 bananas a week other than zoo keepers?). Then, the next week I will buy even more bananas to avoid the meltdowns and he won’t eat a single one.
OK. Recipe notes for your new favorite cake in the whole world: one bowl banana snack cake with browned butter frosting –
- Honestly, this cake is pretty straight forward and simple. And the frosting is oh-my-gosh amazing. Just make sure you let your butter soften and your eggs sit out a bit, about 15 to 20 minutes.
- For the browned butter frosting, you can do regular buttercream, but don’t. Just don’t. Seriously, Lane and I were losing it over the frosting, it’s so freaking good.
- This recipe does not make a ton of frosting – you’ll see in the pictures that the cake is not drowning in it. You can double up the recipe for more, I don’t hate that idea. You just have to invite me over to eat some with you.
One Bowl Banana Snack Cake with Browned Butter Frosting
For the Cake
- 1/2 c butter softened
- 1 1/2 c brown sugar
- 2 eggs room temp
- 3/4 c Greek yogurt
- 4 bananas
- 1 t vanilla
- 2 1/2 c flour
- 1 1/2 t baking powder
- 1 t baking soda
- 1/2 t salt
For the Browned Butter Frosting
- 1/2 c butter
- 3 c powdered sugar
- 1 t vanilla
- 1 c walnuts roughly diced
To Make the Cake
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl with a handheld mixer, combine the butter and sugar.
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add in the Greek yogurt, bananas, and vanilla and beat until combined.
- Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat just until dry ingredients are combined with wet ingredients.
- Pour into prepared 9×13 pan and bake at 350 for 30 to 45 minutes or until a tester inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Set aside to cool completely.
To Make the Browned Butter Buttercream
- Once the cake has cooled completely, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and allow it to brown to a color that is slightly darker than peanut butter (about 5 to 6 minutes). Be careful not to let the butter burn.
- Allow the butter to cool. While the butter is cooling, add your diced nuts to another skillet over medium heat and toast them for about 5 to 6 minutes.
- Once the butter has cooled, add the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla to a mixing bowl and beat until a frosting consistency has formed. Frost your cake, top with the walnuts, and enjoy!
BRB I’m going to the kitchen to try and find other stuff to put this frosting on! Share in the comments below: did you put your holiday decorations up early? Do you have a set day when its acceptable to start singing Christmas/holiday songs and decorate?
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