I love Banana Cake and since I always seem to have rotting bananas in the house it’s the perfect thing to make. I have tried so many recipes over the years and have posted mostly loaf style banana breads. I decided to make this one a sheet cake in a 9×13 Pyrex and I also decided to frost it with a delicious cream cheese frosting! I think this is a super easy cake to bake, perfect for beginner bakers. The orange zest gives it a distinct flavoring, it met with raves in my house tonite. Making it in the sheet cake style takes out the room for error. A 9 inch round cake would be perfect as well and you can frost just the top or sides and top. Just follow the same directions. I baked cake in the afternoon and frosted it that night for the next day. I kept it in fridge overnight, and took it out of fridge for a few hours so frosting and cake would be at room temperature. Give this one a go!
*would also make great cupcakes
3 very ripe bananas , mashed
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup sugar
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Grated Zest of 1 orange (don’t leave this out, it really adds distinct flavoring)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts ( optional) I didn’t use this time but nice to decorate the top with a few walnut halves as well. Totally optional. You can sprinkle chopped walnuts on the top of cake as well. I didn’t, I left it simple and clean .
Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
6 tablespoons ( 3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x 13 Pyrex pan.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the mashed bananas, sugar, and brown sugar on low-speed until combined, scrape down the sides of the bowl. With the mixer on low, add the oil, eggs ( one at a time) sour cream , vanilla and orange zest. Mix until smooth.
In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Flour, baking soda and salt. With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40 – 50 minutes. I baked for about 40 minutes, toothpick or cake tester should come out clean from the center of cake. I would watch cake the last 10 minutes or so for doneness.
To make the frosting. Mix the cream cheese , butter and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment on low-speed until just combined. Do not whip. Add the confectioners sugar and mix until smooth. Spread the frosting thickly on the top of the cake. Cake must be completely cool before frosting. Frosting is super delish! and I just put a few walnut halves or sprinkle chopped nuts over cake, if no nut allergies present.
*this cake also bakes up beautifully in 9 inch round cake pan. It will look a little fancier on the cake plate this way. For today I just did a good old fashioned sheet cake. ( no room for error)