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Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps

Banana Snack Cake with Brown-Butter Icing

All You JULY 2013

  • Yield: Serves: 10
  • Prep time:25 Minutes
  • Bake:45 Minutes
  • Cost Per Serving:$.65

Ingredients

  • CAKE:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed very ripe bananas (about 4)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ICING:
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°F; butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan. In a bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. In a separate bowl whisk buttermilk, bananas and vanilla.

2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar until light, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl; beat again. Beat flour mixture into butter mixture in thirds, alternating with half of banana mixture, until batter is smooth. Spread batter in pan.

3. Bake cake until golden and a tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 45 minutes, rotating halfway through. (Tent pan with foil if cake is browning too quickly.) Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

4. Make icing: In a skillet over medium heat, melt butter, swirling occasionally, until it has stopped foaming and milk solids in bottom of pan have turned golden brown and smell nutty, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let cool slightly. Whisk in confectioners' sugar, cream, vanilla and salt until smooth.

5. Run a knife around inside edge of pan; release cake ring. Spread icing on top; serve.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 430
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated fat: 10g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbohydrate: 66g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 81mg
  • Sodium: 342mg
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