It’s happening. Easter is coming. While everyone else is getting pumped about carrot cake, I’m over here dying over my favorite Easter tradition- banana cake. Not just plain banana cake, but banana cake with a light browned butter frosting. This was my grandma’s original recipe which she passed down in her cookbook- All’s Well That End’s Well. It’s simple to throw together, and locks in an insane amount of moisture and flavor. I used some Greek yogurt for richness, and also to cut back on the calories. I mean, anything with bananas, Greek yogurt, and walnuts can pass for a healthy breakfast dish, right? RIGHT.
Promise me you’ll use the ripest bananas you can stand. I have an easy trick to ripening bananas here.
Whisk together some all purpose flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
Beat together the sugar, Greek yogurt, butter, and eggs until creamy. Blend in some vanilla extract and mashed bananas. You want to make sure an use over ripe bananas, as they yield a much sweeter taste. Use 3 large bananas or 4 small. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients, being careful not to overmix.
If you’re a fan of nutty breads, fold in about 1/2 a cup of chopped walnuts. They add a nice subtle crunch to the cake.
Spread the batter evenly into a lightly greased pan and bake 23-26 minutes or until golden brown.
While the cake is slightly cooling, prep your frosting. Heat 1/4 cup of butter in a saucepan until boiling. Let the butter turn into a delicate light brown color and remove from heat immediately. Browning the butter has a deeper, richer, and more intense flavor than simply melting the butter.
Add in 2 cups of powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk. Stir together until smooth. The trick is not to add too much powdered sugar at one time. Add in 2 cups, stir to combine, then add in the third cup until you have the consistency you’re looking for. It should be thicker than a glaze but thinner than frosting.
Using a spatula, spread the frosting over the warm bars. That will help the frosting melt in a bit.
The perfect way to use up ripe bananas!