Saturday, August 31, 2013

Banana Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream

Well, blog readers, I'm finally back! Back to the blog, and back to BYU!

My gorgeous roommates and crappy-yet-cute house

I forgot how much I love Provo. Seriously. Yesterday I went to SLAB Pizza (This awesome pizza place that gives you a quarter of a giant pizza and a drink for $5) and after I walked in, I saw Stephanie Nielson. I recently finished her book and I am in love with her story. She's one of the most inspiring people I've ever seen. You can see her story here

So I've made this cake many times over the past few years. I'm not sure exactly when I discovered the recipe, but it's been a favorite for quite some time now. 

The only reason I haven't blogged about it yet is because it's usually gone within an hour or two of baking it. Recipe tweaked from Butter Yum

Banana Cake

Yields: 8x8 cake

2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream (or buttermilk)
1 egg
2 tbsp butter, softened
2-3 overly ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (350 for glass pan) fahrenheit.

2. Cream together sugar, sour cream, egg, and butter for about 3 minutes. Add mashed banana and vanilla and beat. 

3. Mix together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add them slowly to the wet ingredients.

4. Pour into a greased 8x8 pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle of the cake. 

Brown Sugar Buttercream

1 stick butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp milk, optional 

In a stand mixer, cream together the butter and the brown sugar for 5 minutes, or until most of the graininess of the sugar is dissolved. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla slowly. If the frosting is too thick, add milk slowly. If it's too thin, add more powdered sugar. 


  1. dude... this looks amazing.



  2. 2-3 bananas...can you tell me how much smashed bananas that would be? 1 cup or? It's hard since bananas vary in size. Thanks! :)

    1. 2-3 bananas should usually equal about 3/4 cup (at least for me) Hope this helps!

    2. Yes, thank you. I usually buy large bananas that yield about 1/2 cup each. I might try this cake with just a simple glaze instead of the frosting. (counting calories kinda sucks the fun out of things. LOL)

  3. Is this really only 40 calories and 6 grams of carbs?