Brown Butter Banana Cake with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Icing

Posted on April 27, 2015  |  Print Recipe

Three layers of brown butter banana cake slathered with amazing brown butter cream cheese icing.

Brown Butter Banana Cake with BROWN BUTTER Cream Cheese Frosting

If there ever was a cake worthy of remaking for better photos it would be this one. I don’t typically like to make a huge cake (ahem, three layers) without an occasion, but this one was too good to  hold off on. Originally I baked it for a friend’s birthday a few weeks ago but the pictures I took were semi-atrocious and just not worthy of the dessert. So when I finally had a big pile of extra-brown bananas again It was completely necessary for me to make this unbelievable banana cake just for the purpose of shooting and eating a gigantic slice.

Banana Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting BUT BROWN BUTTER in both!

The cake layers are moist, flavorful, and every bit worthy of standing alone. However, the frosting just made it. I’m a cream cheese icing lover, but this… this brown butter cream cheese icing… just another level. Those lovely brown specks that you can see throughout the frosting? They just carry so much rich and nutty brown butter flavor. But also, you can still taste the tangy cream cheese.

Amazing BROWN BUTTER Banana Layer Cake

Generally my biggest pet peeve with bakery cakes is that the flavor is… sweet. And seriously, sweet is not a flavor. This cake? The flavor is banana. The flavor is tang. The flavor is BROWN BUTTER. I wish I could share a slice with every one of you but instead I guess I should just tell you to make it as soon as possible. Hoard those brown bananas!

Brown Butter Banana Cake with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Icing
Three layers of brown butter banana cake slathered with amazing brown butter cream cheese icing.
Recipe type: Dessert
Makes: 12-16

  • Cake
  • 113g (1/2 cup) plain Greek yogurt
  • 10g (2 teaspoons) baking soda
  • 320g (~3 cups) cake flour
  • 2g (1 teaspoon) ground cinnamon
  • 2 ½ g (1/2 teaspoon) salt
  • 226g (1 cup / 2 sticks) unsalted butter, browned and cooled to room temperature* PLUS 28g (2 tablespoons / ¼ stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 530g (~2 ½) cups granulated sugar
  • 200g (~4 large) whole eggs at room temperature
  • 20g (~1 large) egg whites at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 570g (~2½ cups) mashed very ripe bananas (~4 large bananas)
  • Frosting
  • 227g regular or light cream cheese at room temperature
  • 227g (1 cup / 2 sticks) unsalted butter, browned and chilled in refrigerator for one hour
  • 640g (~4 cups) powdered sugar
  • 5 milliliters / 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1g (1/4 teaspoon) salt

  1. Cake
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees; grease and flour three 8-inch round cake pans
  3. In a small bowl, stir baking soda into Greek yogurt and let stand to dissolve
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together cake flour, cinnamon and salt; set aside
  5. In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat sugar and butter on medium-high speed for several minutes until light and fluffy
  6. Add eggs and vanilla and mix on medium speed until combined; scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula
  7. Add bananas and mix on low speed; add flour and mix again on low speed low speed just until combined
  8. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in Greek yogurt
  9. Pour batter into prepared pans; bake 24-29 minutes or until a toothpick or knife comes out clean from the centers; set pan aside on a wire rack and allow to cool
  10. When ready to remove cake from pans; run a knife around the edges of cake and then carefully turn each cake pan upside down onto a cooling rack; allow to cool completely before frosting
  11. Frosting
  12. In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter on low speed for one minute and then increase to high speed for two or until there are no clumps from the cream cheese
  13. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add one cup of powdered sugar; beat on low speed until combined; repeat with each additional cup of powdered sugar (make sure to mix between each cup)
  14. Add vanilla and salt; mix on medium speed for two minutes and then increase speed to medium-high for one minute
  15. Once cake has cooled and icing is ready, use a flat metal spatula to frost the first layer of cake (use ⅓ – ½ cup of frosting); repeat with second layer of cake and frosting then top with third layer and use remaining icing to frost outside of cake

Adapted from the Har Zion Cookbook
Entire cake layers can be frozen whole wrapped well with seran up to one month; defrost at room temperature before frosting; cake is best enjoyed within two days of frosting
Store frosted cake in refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving
Leftovers can be wrapped well with seran wrap and frozen up to one month
*To brown the butter: Heat butter in a heavy duty saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, when butter turns to an amber/light brown color, remove from heat immediately (You should be able to smell the deeper more caramel flavor of the butter) pour browned butter immediately into a bowl

Brown Butter Banana Cake + Brown Butter Cream Cheese Icing = Heaven

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