Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman
If one recipe really had its moment in the spotlight during 2020, it was banana bread! I love banana bread so much – you can tell by just how many versions of it I have on this site! – but for when you’ve made enough of it, it’s time to graduate to banana cake. This is such a fun and festive cake, with the flavor of peanut butter throughout both the cake and the frosting – and a generous sprinkling of mini chocolate chips on top! The cream cheese peanut butter frosting is just perfection, too. For any banana or peanut butter lovers in your life, make them this peanut butter banana cake for their birthday!
Peanut Butter Banana Cake
For The Cake:
- 3 very ripe bananas
- 3 eggs at room temperature
- 3/4 cup melted and cooled coconut oil plus more for the pan
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
For The Frosting:
- 1 8ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup 1/2 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly brush the inside of 2 - 9 inch round baking dishes with coconut oil and line the bottom with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mash the bananas with the back of a fork until only a few lumps remain. Add the eggs and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the coconut oil, yogurt, peanut butter, sugar, salt and vanilla until smooth and incorporated. Add the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Use a rubber spatula to stir until combined being careful not to over mix.
- Divide the batter among the 2 prepared pans and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out only a few crumbs. Allow to cool for 30 minutes in the pan. Unmold the cakes and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.
- In a medium bowl combine the cream cheese, butter, peanut butter and salt. Using a hand held mixer, beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and slowly beat again, increasing the speed as the sugar gets incorporated.
- Place one of the cooled cakes, top side down, on a serving plate. Place 1/3 of the frosting on the cake. Using an offset spatula, spread the frosting almost to the edge of the cake. Place the other layer, top side down, on the frosting. Dollop the remaining frosting in the center of the top layer. Using the offset spatula, slowly work the frosting over the top and down the sides of the cake until the cake is evenly covered. Sprinkle the top with the mini chips. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before slicing and serving.