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Fresh Banana Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Assemble the cake just before serving to prevent banana slices from browning.


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2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
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1 tsp. ground cinnamon
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¾ tsp. baking soda
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½ tsp. baking powder
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½ tsp. ground nutmeg
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½ tsp. salt
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3 bananas, mashed (1 ½ cups)
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¼ cup nonfat plain yogurt
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1 Tbs. honey
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1 tsp. vanilla extract
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½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
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½ cup light brown sugar
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2 large eggs
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4 bananas, sliced ¼-inch thick
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8oz. low-fat cream cheese
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¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, softened
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2 cups confectioners' sugar
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3 oz. semisweet chocolate, melted
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1 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder


To make Cake:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a pair of 9-inch round cake pans.

2. Sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Whisk together mashed bananas, yogurt, honey, and vanilla in separate bowl. Cream butter and brown sugar with electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time until combined. Stir in flour mixture, and then banana mixture, until combined.

3. Divide batter between prepared cake pans. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of Cake comes out clean. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes, remove Cake from pans, and cool completely.

To make Frosting:

4. Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with electric mixer until smooth. Beat in confectioners' sugar, then chocolate and cocoa powder.

5. To assemble, place one Cake layer on serving plate. Spread with 1 cup Frosting. Top with half of sliced bananas. Add second Cake layer, and top with remaining Frosting and sliced bananas. Cut into 16 slices. Serve at room temperature.

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6 g
Total Fat: 
14 g
Saturated Fat: 
8 g
54 g
57 mg
207 mg
2 g
32 g
Serves 16

Comments on this Recipe

this cake was awesome. my dad made it for me on my birthday. the frosting was sooooo good, and the cake part was fluffy. they should call it chocolate banana spice cake, because that's what it tastes like. thanks~ <3

This is a delicious recipe, I put extra cocoa on top and it was great.

This recipe is neither vegetarian nor healthful with 1-1/2 sticks of butter

It is vegetarian. Just not vegan. Butter from pastured animals is extremely healthy. So is letting go and indulging once in a while... You should try it.

This was really good! I added a cup of chocolate chips to the batter and might add a few walnuts too if I make it again. If you plan on using this recipe to make banana bread instead of frosted cake, add more sugar to the batter. It was not very sweet but that was fine as the icing compensated. The icing was good but rich and dense with a slightly tart flavor from the cream cheese. I might use butter to avoid the tart taste if I made it again. I served it with banana slices, strawberries, and cool whip - yum!