Barefoot Contessa’s Old Fashioned Banana Cake Recipe

Barefoot Contessa’s Old Fashioned Banana Cake Recipe

Ina Garten Old Fashion Banana Cake will take you back to your childhood. If you have been a follower for a while you know how much of an Ina Garten fan I am. Ina Garten has come out with yet another cookbook and this will be on my Christmas list.

This week I have been staring at a few dark bananas I put in my fridge, waiting to get the energy to bake something. Much to my excitement, I found Ina Garten’s Old Fashioned Banana Cake recipe. 

Banana cake recipe

I was not sure what I would think of a banana cake but it had Cream Cheese frosting so how could you go wrong?  Like most of her recipes, the old fashion banana cake recipe was easy and straight forward.

Old Fashion Banana Cake by Ina Garten

There is not much fluff in her recipes which I love and just about any level cook can be successful. 

Old Fashion Banana cake recipe
 
The cake batter is consistent with a banana bread batter.
 
Old Fashion Banana cake recipe
 
My family’s favorite part of any cake is the Cream cheese frosting. I could make a double batch and they would eat it out of the bowl. 

 

Old Fashion Banana cake recipe

Lather it on, it’s only one layer so you only get to enjoy the top!

Old Fashion Banana cake recipe

Have I peaked your appetite yet? Don’t you just want to lick off the frosting?

Old Fashion Banana cake recipe

Who is waiting for a slice of this old fashion banana cake? My husband enjoyed it for breakfast the next day too. 

To make it lower fat,  I used the 1/3 last fat cream cheese. You can also try adding 1/2 oil and 1/2 applesauce. Also you can try to substitute some of the flour for whole wheat flour.

Old Fashioned Banana Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting

Old Fashion Banana cake recipe

Old Fashion Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 10 Slices
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Old Fashion Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is a great way to use up brown bananas

Ingredients

  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 extra large eggs, at room temperature ( I used 3 egg whites and 2 egg yolks from large eggs)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Non Fat Greek Yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, after sifting
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, optional
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • Walnut halves or pieces, for decorating
  • PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 2-inch round cake pan, or line the pan with a piece of parchment or wax paper cut to fit inside the cake pan. Spray the liner and sides lightly with cooking spray.
  • MIX bananas, granulated sugar and brown sugar in bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Add oil, eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Add flour, baking soda and salt. With mixer on low, mix just until combined. Stir in chopped walnuts if using. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, turn out onto cooling rack.
  • Serve warm, sprinkled with powdered sugar, or cool completely and top with Cream Cheese Frosting.
  • MIX cream cheese, butter and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment on low speed until just combined. Don’t whip. Add sugar and mix until smooth.

Instructions

  1. PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 2-inch round cake pan.
  2. MIX bananas, granulated sugar and brown sugar in bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Add oil, eggs, sour cream/yogurt and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Add flour, baking soda and salt. With mixer on low, mix just until combined. Stir in chopped walnuts if using. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, turn out onto cooling rack.
  3. Allow to cool completely and top with Cream Cheese Frosting.
  4. Cream Cheese Frosting
  5. MIX cream cheese, butter and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment on low speed until just combined. Add sugar and mix until smooth. Spread on top of cooled cake layer.

Notes

Adapted from How Easy Is That? Barefoot Contessa Cookbooks

Nutrition Information
Yield 10
Amount Per Serving Calories 689Saturated Fat 17gCholesterol 70mgSodium 314mgCarbohydrates 106gFiber 1gSugar 80gProtein 6g

 Have you ever made an old fashion banana cake recipe before? 

You might also like these Banana Recipes: 

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting Bananas Foster Pudding Pie Recipe, or  High Protein Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

7 Comments

  1. Nothing beats an old fashioned banana cake with cream cheese frosting and walnuts! Easy and very delicious!

  2. Aw Ina is a cutie isn’t she? I can’t think of her and not think two things – first, her Betty’s chocolate cake (perhaps the most blogged cake in the world?!) and second, that episode of her show when her musical theatre friends came around and sang her “nothing could be finer, than to eat a meal with Ina, in the ….. Haaaaaamptons!”. Hilarious! This looks a great new recipe from her 😀

  3. I love banana cake! I usually make a peanut butter frosting but your cream cheese frosting looks delicious. I’ll have to try your version next time i have overripe bananas…which is often! 😉

  4. Ina always knows best!! I’m also a big fan of hers. I haven’t tried this recipe, but look forward to trying it. Yours looks delicious 🙂

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