Whatever you think, this is not banana bread with frosting. It is in fact a true moist banana cake that has a more aerated crumb and is less dense than the banana bread cousin.
Last week we celebrated my mother-in-law’s 70th birthday and we had a huge celebration in honor of her. This cake was one of four that I made for her.
Caking is not something I excel at. Lucky for me she is one of the nicest people I’ve come across, so even if my cakes had ended up looking like a fifth grade science project gone bad, she would have still genuinely loved them.
She’s awesome like that, and in so many other ways, so much so that in our home we have adopted the saying, “What would Gramz do?” As you can tell I love this women. Most amazing, yes, amazing women I’ve met. With that I pushed myself to make her four cakes. I’m sharing this one first because it was the biggest hit by just a few votes. (I personally like the next one I’ll be sharing the best).
A few notes:
- For the best flavor, use very ripe bananas.
- The recipe I used is from All Recipe with very minimal changes. The adaptations: I lowered the baking soda from 1 tablespoon to 1 teaspoon. I also skipped the nuts for mini chocolate chips.
- If your wondering how the recipe is, as is, it works fine with the 1 tablespoon of baking soda, but just as well with 1 teaspoon. I changed it the second time around because 1 tablespoon seems like a high leavening amount to the flour amount, so I reduced to see if there would be any noticeable change and it was minimal.
Chocolate Chip Banana Cake
Preparation: Grease and lightly flour two 8 inch round pans. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cake (adapted from All Recipe)
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cup ripe bananas, mashed (about 3 large bananas)
- 2/3 cup buttermilk
- 1 1/2 cup mini chocolate cups
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 11/2 cups unsalted butter ( 21/2 sticks)
- 1 8oz. cream cheese
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups of confectioner sugar
To make cake:
- Add flour, baking soda and salt into a bowl and whisk to combine; set aside.
- Add butter, white sugar and brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add egg in one at time and beat untilcombined. Add bananas mix to combine. Add flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk to the mixture. Stir in mini chocolate chips. Pour batter evenly between the two prepared pans.
- Bake inoven for about 40 minutes or until cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven, cool cakes on wire.
To make frosting:
- Add butter and cream cheese in a bowl and mix until light and fluffy. Add in vanilla extract and mix to combine. Add confectioner sugar 1 cup at a time and mix until combined.
- Use an incing spatuala or the back of a spoon to frost cake.