Banana Snack Cake With Brown-Butter Frosting



  • 1 1/3 cups mashed fully ripe bananas (4 medium)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (or margarine)
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs


  • 6 tablespoons butter (no substitutions)
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. To prepare Banana Snack Cake:.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F Grease and flour 13″ by 9″ metal baking pan.
  3. In small bowl, mix bananas, lemon juice, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  4. In a large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat butter with granulated and brown sugars 5 minutes or until light and creamy, scraping bowl often with rubber spatula.
  5. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. At low speed, alternately add flour mixture and banana mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; beat just until smooth.
  6. Spoon batter into pan and spread evenly. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Coo cake in pan on wire rack.
  7. To prepare Brown-Butter Frosting:.
  8. In 1-quart saucepan, heat butter on medium heat 6-8 minutes or until melted and dark nutty-brown in color but not burned, stirring occasionally. Immediately transfer butter to pie plate; refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm.
  9. In large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat butter, sugar, milk, and vanilla until creamy and smooth. Spread frosting evenly over cooled cake.

Servings: 12

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