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Banana Cake with Browned Butter Glaze

Banana Cake with Browned Butter Glaze

A moist dense banana cake frosted with a browned butter glaze.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword #dessert, banana, banana cake, browned butter frosting
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12
Author Mary Bostow



  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas about 3 medium
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream 8 ounces

Brown Butter Glaze

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons milk


Cake batter

  • In a large bowl, cream the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Add bananas and mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, stirring just until combined. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan or 13x9 inch baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35 - 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

Brown Butter Glaze Directions

  • In a medium bowl, add powdered sugar.
  • Place butter in a small saucepan. Melt butter over medium heat until bubbly. Cook, stirring occasionally until golden brown.
  • Remove from heat and pour butter into the bowl of powdered sugar. Add milk and vanilla, stir until smooth.


If you make this in a 13x9 inch baking pan instead of the bundt pan, start checking cake at 30 minutes for doneness.