Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Icing and Brown Butter Pecans

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Icing and Brown Butter Pecans

I made this cake a few days ago, mostly because I wanted to have an excuse to eat cake for breakfast - because I'm getting awfully sick of avocado toast.  I also want you to become as excited about this cake as I am. A photo can say a thousand words, and I want these ones to say - hey, put down that avocado toast and come to grab a slice of cake.

Quick and Easy Banana Bread

I wanted to try another banana bread recipe, but this time without sour cream. They both turned out very different. The one with sour cream was more dense and flavorful. If I had to pick one, I think that I liked the sour cream banana bread the best. Banana bread is one of my favorite foods. It smells so good when baking in the oven. I should try to patent a banana bread scented candle!

I had a bunch of bananas laying around the house that had intentionally gone bad. Besides the banana bread that I made yesterday, I am planning to make a banana cream cheese cake for the dinner party I am hosting tonight. Oh, and if anyone knows why my banana bread falls when I take it out of the oven, I would love to know the answer? The loaf in the picture below came out of the oven really tall and rounded, then when I took it out, it sank around 1 - 1 1/2 inches :( The same thing happened with the other banana bread recipe.

makes 1 loaf
recipe adapted from Copykat Recipes

1 3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 medium ripe bananas
2 tbsp milk
1/3 cup softened butter
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

With a hand mixer, beat in mashed bananas, milk, and butter on low speed, until ingredients have combined. Turn the speed to high and continue beating for 2 more minutes.

Add the eggs and remaining flour and mix until blended.

Pour the mixture into a greased loaf pan, and bake for 55 minutes. Let cool on a wire wrack.

Sour Cream Banana Bread

I needed an ego boost this week, therefore, I made banana bread. It is so easy to make and almost impossible to mess up.

makes one 9 inch loaf

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup flax meal
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 stick (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 eggs
3 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 ºF. Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.

In a separate bowl, cream the butter with a hand mixer (2 minutes). Next, add the eggs, then the banana, and mix well.

Mix wet ingredients into the dry.  Do not over mix. Add in sour cream and vanilla. Stir lightly. Pour into loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.