Banana Cake With Cinnamon Glaze Recipe

Banana cake
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  • 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 24 to 36 servings
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This wonderfully moist banana cake is topped with a delicious cinnamon glaze and it is quite easy to make. The recipe is spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and the sour cream ensures that it remains nice and moist. If you like, you can even add your favorite nuts.

Banana cake is a great way to use up bananas that are past their prime, so it's a wonderful alternative to banana bread. The recipe also gives you a sweet dessert that's unique and definitely not your average chocolate or vanilla cake.

What You'll Need

  • For Banana Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • Optional: 1/2 cup nuts (of your choosing, chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (ground)
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated or 1/8 teaspoon ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar (white)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup bananas (mashed, about 2 to 3 large bananas)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For Cinnamon Glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1–2 tablespoons milk (or cream)

How to Make It

For the Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 9- by 13-inch baking pan with non-stick foil.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, chopped nuts, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Whisk until evenly mixed and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the sugar and oil together. Add bananas, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla extract. Beat the mixture for two minutes until thoroughly combined.
  4. Using a large fork, mix in the dry ingredients by hand, stirring only until combined. The batter may seem a bit thin, but it's fine.
  1. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until lightly browned and the top springs back when lightly touched.
  2. Let cool to room temperature.

For the Cinnamon Glaze

  1. Whisk together confectioners' sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and milk or cream. Add only enough cream to make a spreadable glaze.
  2. Put the glaze on top of the cooled cake and cut as desired.

Variations

While it does add to the flavor, if you're not crazy about cinnamon, feel free to omit it from the glaze. Then again, if you just want to minimize it, cut the measurement in half. Do keep the cinnamon in the cake itself because it and the nutmeg give the batter a nice flavor that would otherwise be bland.

The batter may also be used for making delicious muffins that are great snacks or a nice, light breakfast. All you need to do is reduce the baking time to about 20 to 25 minutes and put the batter into a greased or lined muffin tin.