Browned Butter Banana Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

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Hi it’s Tiffany from Creme de la Crumb, can you believe it’s February?! What is going on here?? Valentines Day is practically here and I haven’t made a single batch of sugar cookies or found a gift for my special someone. However, I have made a really delicious dessert that I think would top even the biggest heart-shaped box of chocolates you could get your hands on and I’m going to share it with you today!

A slice of Browned Butter Banana Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting on a white plate.

This Browned Butter Banana Cake is one of my favorite cake recipes! I can’t stand bananas plain, but I’ll eat them in cookies, bread, and this cake. It’s incredibly moist and sweet, and the browned butter takes the flavor to a whole new level of delicious. Top that with a perfect and simple brown sugar frosting and you’re in banana cake heaven!

Browned Butter Banana Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting on a white plate with a fork taking a bite out of it.

Browned Butter Banana Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

Browned Butter Banana Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

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Moist browned butter banana cake with a sweet and simple brown sugar frosting! The perfect way to use up those browning bananas on your counter!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 12 Servings


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 medium very ripe bananas peeled and mashed
  • 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

Brown sugar 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 9x13 inch pan heavily with cooking spray.
  • In a small sauce pan melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat, stirring throughout until butter begins to brown (but not burned!). Aroma will be strong. Remove from heat. Transfer browned butter to a large bowl. Add brown sugar, honey, mashed bananas, and vanilla. Mix well. Stir in buttermilk, eggs, and oil. In another bowl combine flour, salt, and baking soda and whisk to combine. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until incorporated. 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.
  • Prepare the frosting. 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. Store in airtight container at room temperature.


Serves: 12

Calories370kcal (19%)Carbohydrates69g (23%)Protein4g (8%)Fat10g (15%)Saturated Fat4g (20%)Cholesterol41mg (14%)Sodium236mg (10%)Potassium187mg (5%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar49g (54%)Vitamin A227IU (5%)Vitamin C3mg (4%)Calcium42mg (4%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword banana cake, browned butter banana cake, cake recipes
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. The cake was delicious. The frosting would have been better if it was cooked because it turned out gritty from the brown sugar. I will make again, but with a cooked version of the frosting.

    1. I noticed that too, but it didn’t really matter that much to us. Next time, though, i think i’m going to try cream cheese frosting. it was my husband’s idea cause he thought it was too sweet for ‘daily consumption’ for him, but he loved it, i’m telling ya,, 🙂

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