Browned Butter Banana Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

My Daughter and I- Browned Butter Banana Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

You know you bake a lot when new friends = new test subjects. I don’t know if anyone gets tired of taste testing home baked creations, but a fresh group of guinea pigs is always a good excuse to try out a recipe! I started a new job a few weeks ago, and decided to make this frosted banana cake for them. We posted a different banana cake recipe a while back, but this one includes browned butter, which is always a plus! If you’ve never tried browned butter in a recipe, give this cake a shot- the end result is delicious and rich.

My Daughter and I- Browned Butter Banana Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting 1

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Browned Butter Banana Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting 

For the cake:

3 tablespoons butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup honey

3 medium, very ripe bananas

1 teaspoon  vanilla

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons buttermilk

2 eggs, slightly beaten

3 tablespoons oil

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon baking soda


For the frosting:

2 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons butter, softened

3-4 tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 350*. Spray a 9×13 pan heavily.

In a small sauce pan, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat, stirring throughout until butter begins to brown (but not burn!). Aroma will be strong. Remove from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl.

Add brown sugar, honey, bananas, and vanilla. Mix well. Stir in buttermilk, eggs and oil. Add flour, salt and baking soda and mix to combine.

Pour into prepared pan and bake 35-45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Cream together sugars and butter. Stir in milk and vanilla (add just enough milk so that the frosting comes together and is spreadable). Spread frosting on cooled cake. Allow frosting to set before slicing and serving.