Banana Bread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Bread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting epitomizes the fusion of homely comfort and indulgent decadence in the realm of desserts. A delightful departure from traditional banana bread, this recipe transforms the beloved classic into a celebratory treat that captivates the senses with its moist, banana-infused layers and the luxurious embrace of cream cheese frosting. At its heart, this Banana Bread Cake pays homage to the humble banana, harnessing the sweetness and depth of flavor that ripe bananas impart to the batter. Mashed and seamlessly integrated into a traditional cake mixture, the bananas yield a moist and tender crumb that forms the canvas for the ensuing culinary masterpiece.

The magic unfolds in the cream cheese frosting, a velvety concoction that adds a layer of richness and tanginess to the cake. Cream cheese, powdered sugar, and a hint of vanilla dance together to create a decadent frosting that beautifully contrasts the softness of the banana-infused layers. This harmonious marriage of flavors and textures elevates the Banana Bread Cake from a beloved everyday treat to an irresistible dessert that beckons indulgence. As the Banana Bread Cake emerges from the oven, a tantalizing aroma fills the kitchen, foreshadowing the delightful symphony of tastes that awaits. Once cooled, the cake is generously adorned with the creamy allure of the cream cheese frosting, creating an enticing visual appeal and promising a palate-pleasing experience.

This culinary creation is more than just a dessert; it’s a celebration of comforting familiarity and culinary creativity. The versatility of Banana Bread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting allows it to shine as a centerpiece for birthdays, gatherings, or as a sweet conclusion to a family meal. Its universal charm lies in the timeless combination of bananas and cream cheese, a pairing that has stood the test of time and continues to evoke joy and satisfaction.

In essence, Banana Bread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting embodies the essence of homemade baking – a perfect union of simplicity and sophistication, comfort and decadence. With each slice, this delightful treat invites everyone to savor the joy of a classic transformed into a delightful indulgence, offering a moment of pure culinary bliss.

INGREDIENTS Banana Cake ½ cup (1 stick) butter softened 1½ cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 cup sour cream full-fat is best 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup mashed bananas about 3 bananas Cream Cheese Frosting ½ cup (1 stick) butter softened 1 bar (8 oz) cream cheese full-fat is best 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 cups powdered sugar 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream INSTRUCTIONS Heat oven to 350°. Prepare a 9×13 baking dish and spray with cooking spray. Set aside. In a large bowl with a hand mixer, or use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. The mixture will look crumbled but beat it for a couple minuntes and it will start to look fluffy. Add eggs, sour cream, and vanilla. Blend together until combined and creamy. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Blend on low speed just until combined. Add mashed banana and gently stir together. Dump batter into the baking dish and spread out evenly. Cook for 25-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out with moist crumbs or nothing at all. If a toothpick comes out with wet batter then you need to cook it slightly longer. The edges and top will be light browned. Let cake cool completely before frosting. Once cake is cooled you can either frost it right away and serve OR cover it tightly with tin foil and let it sit at room temperature overnight and then frost it before serving. Make Cream Cheese Frosting In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese together until combined. Add in vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and heavy cream. Beat together, starting on low speed and increase as needed, until frosting forms. Add more powdered sugar and/or milk until desired frosting consistencey is reached. I never have to add more milk or powdered sugar than what’s called for. You want the frosting really thick so it will cut nice. * NOTE: If you use anything other than heavy whipping cream start with 1 tablespoon and work from there. Heavy cream is so thick that you need more of it, lower fat milks you will need less of. Cut into squares and garnish each piece with banana slices and chopped walnuts.

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