‘Cheetah’ bananas baked in the cake
Don’t be tempted to throw them out. You know, those bananas that have past their prime peel and eat phase. OK, I’ll admit it, I have been known to over purchase bananas so that a few will transform from yellow to gold and black cheetah jackets. Some things you can’t leave to fate.
If you like banana bread, this cake is a ‘lighter than banana bread’ version of a dense cake all sauced up with its perfect combo, cream cheese frosting. One bite of this luscious, dense cake and you will be addicted. The flecked cake is moist and full of banana flavor. When your kitchen is beginning to show signs of animal print décor, throw together this cake. Don’t attempt until your bananas have gone wild.
Recipe: Cheetah Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Prep Time: 12 Minutes | Cook Time: 42 Minutes | Yield: 12 servings | Level: Easy
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 11 Tbsp butter
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup buttermilk
- 2 ½ cups flour
- 1 ¼ tsp baking powder
- 1 ¼ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 cup chopped walnuts, divided, optional
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 3 oz cream cheese, softened
- 3 oz butter, softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1-2 Tbsp milk
1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2 Using a stand or hand mixer, combine the sugar and butter then add the eggs.
3 Add the buttermilk and mix to combine.
4 Dump in the dry ingredients and mix just to combine.
5 Stir in the bananas and 2/3 cup of the nuts if desired.
6 Pour batter into a greased and floured 9X13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 39-42 minutes.
7 While the cake cools, cream together the cream cheese and butter.
8 Add the sugar and stir. Add the vanilla and enough milk to make spreading consistency.
9 Frost the cake and sprinkle the remaining 1/3 cup walnuts on top for a little more texture.
The nuts on top create an animal print design.
Buttermilk – Substitute sour milk for buttermilk with 2 Tbsp vinegar and enough milk to make 2/3 cup and let stand for 5 minutes.
- Omit nuts in cake batter.
- Exchange walnuts for pecans.
Inspiration – Saucy Cuisine Kitchen
Cook with Sauces
Written by Helen Horton
Photographs by Helen Horton
Updated: April 28, 2012