Browned Butter-Banana Cake with Salted Dark Chocolate Ganache

I don’t know what it is about a banana cake, but I can never refuse one. I saw this recipe in the most recent issue of Fine Cooking magazine and was immediately pulled in by the brown butter in the banana cake, the toasted pecans and the salted dark chocolate ganache.

Browned Butter-Banana Cake with Salted Dark Chocolate Ganache via Bakers Royale

These days between magazines, books and the internet, my recipes-to-make list is so ridiculously long that I’ve actually had to prune it back before I add more recipes. But when this came across my lap, there was no denying it. I dropped everything to make it.

Browned Butter-Banana Cake with Salted Dark Chocolate Ganache with Bakers Royale

It demanded me to. I relented. And I don’t regret it, nor do I regret eating nearly half of it all by myself. In fact, I love it so much, I’m making it again this weekend as a small thank you for one of my neighbors. She saw me post it on Instagram and said it looked delicious.

Browned Butter-Banana Cake with Salted Dark Chocolate Ganache from Bakers Royale

I might have to double the recipe so I can have my own. And that is how good this cake is, people! I honestly cannot rave about this cake enough, so if anyone else makes this please let me know if you love it as much as I do.

And if you love banana cakes like I do, you might also like this Chocolate Chip Banana Cake  here and this Dulce de Leche Banana Cake here.

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this recipe

Browned Butter-Banana Cake with Salted Dark Chocolate Ganache

Yield: Serves 12-16


For the cake
  • 12 oz. (1-1/2 cups) unsalted butter; more softened for the pans
  • 13-1/2 oz. (3 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour; more for the pans
  • 2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1-1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups mashed very ripe banana (about 5 medium)
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1-3/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans
For the ganache
  • 2 oz. (4 Tbs.) unsalted butter
  • 1 lb. semisweet chocolate (55% to 65% cacao), chopped (3 cups)
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • Flaky salt for sprinkling


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**Small note: I know many of you dislike having to go to another link to finish the recipe, but as a professional courtesy if I do not adapt the recipe in any way the original source should be viewed for the full recipe.

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  1. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonNora @ Savory Nothings says

    Love this! I can never get enough of the chocolate and banana combo, must be even better with the browned butter in it!

  2. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonEmily @ Life on Food says

    I will never turn down banana cake either. And with this chocolate frosting I would be first in line. Lovely!!

  3. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonNicola Miller Editor of The Millers Tale says

    Oh my goodness- this is OFF THE CHAIN! Bring on the banana.

    I would warm some honey and use it as a sugar soak on the bare cake to give it even more oomph.

  4. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonBrian @ A Thought For Food says

    Just magical! I love that pairing of chocolate and banana… No doubt it’s bring me back to my childhood, eating fresh banana bread with chocolate chips that my mom had just pulled out of the oven.

  5. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonThe Blonde Chef says

    Woah! This looks so decadent! And I am incredibly jealous of your frosting skills. They couldn’t be any more perfect !

  6. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonAmy | Club Narwhal says

    Oh, sweet mercy! This is a thing of beauty and it is no wonder you dropped everything to make it. I am having the same exact feeling (and drooling like crazy :)!

  7. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonSam @ Love, Cake says

    Hi Naomi!
    I’ve followed your lovely blog for a long time and I’m so happy to see my cake here! Just wanted to say thanks for doing it such beautiful justice. Heather Christo is right. High high praise…


  8. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonLyndsay // Coco Cake Land says

    YOINKS. this cake, the flavours, the photographs … naomi, you are so good at what you do. might have to save this one to make for my own birthday … heehee! xo

  9. Avatar for Naomi Robinson says

    Anything with browned butter gets my attention. I also love banana cakes. I don’t think they get nearly enough love and attention. This is a very special one! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonAngelyn @ Everyday Desserts says

    ok, everything you touch is just beautiful, but this cake and these pictures are probably the most beautiful I’ve seen from you yet! your talent is out of this world!

  11. Avatar for Naomi Robinsonjenna @ just j.faye says

    The flavor combinations in this cake are incredible! I can’t even handle it.

  12. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonJessica @ Sweet Menu says

    I LOVE the combination of chocolate and peanut butter – beautiful cake! The gorgeous swirls of icing are stunning.

  13. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonChristine // My Natural Kitchen says

    This cake is really beautiful! My first banana cake was a sliced ordered among a group of us, and I couldn’t get over the pudding-like, rich texture. It was addictive. I’m sure the browned butter adds a really special touch here, and I’m already wondering how I might adapt this (ah, dairy allergy, you are the worst). Also — the way you frosted this? It looks amazing!

  14. Avatar for Naomi Robinsonellie @ fit for the soul says

    Those swirls are soooo gorgeous! If food could be gorgeous, this one’s it. And how sweet of you to make it for your neighbor! I’m in the process of making a little food basket (all storebought though) for a grieving neighbor as there’s nothing more comforting than receiving a kind smile and some good food. 😀

  15. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonTracy | Pale Yellow says

    Gorgeous cake! Bananas and chocolate go so well together and the addition of browned butter and salt completely elevate the cake!

  16. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonCarolinem says

    So I’ve never used brown butter ever before. It blew my taste buds away. I decorated it with banana chips and salt. The cake batter was so fluffy and light. When it’s cooked the crumb is light and moist. This is a new family favourite.