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Brown Butter Banana Cake

Browned Butter Banana Cake | The Gray Boxwood

Browned Butter Banana Cake | The Gray Boxwood

So I kind of become obsessed with things. Well, more so I go in phases. There was a year where it seemed I had an avocado a day. Then I started buying grapes in bushels, freezing them and eating them constantly. More recently, my obsession of choice has been bananas. Seriously, I can’t stop eating them! This is obviously why bananas are the inspiration for my Easter dessert. I took my current favorite fruit and added the flavors that complement it perfectly. Really though, what doesn’t pair well with brown butter?! This cake is the perfect mix of banana bread, bars and caramel-like browned butter.

Brown Butter Banana Cake
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For the cake
  1. 1 cup butter, browned and cooled
  2. 1 1/3 cups white granulated sugar
  3. 1 1/3 cups brown sugar
  4. 3 eggs, room temperature
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 1 1/4 cup mashed bananas
  7. 2 1/4 cups flour
  8. 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  9. 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  10. 1 teaspoon salt
  11. 2/3 cup buttermilk
For the frosting
  1. 8 ounces mascarpone cheese (or cream cheese), room temperature
  2. 3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  3. 2-4 tablespoons buttermilk
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 4 cups powdered sugar
For the cake
  1. Grease 2 8-inch round cake pans. Line with parchment and grease the parchment. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Brown the butter over medium heat until melted. Continue to cook until foaming subsides and the milk solids in the butter have turned browned. The butter will have a toasted caramel fragrance. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Combined the cooled butter and sugars. Mix until creamed and smooth, 3 minutes.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time and mix until incorporated.
  6. Mix in vanilla and mashed bananas.
  7. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  8. Alternately add the dry ingredients with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry.
  9. Divide batter evenly into prepared pans and bake in preheated oven until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean, 23-30 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and cool in pans for 5 minutes. Then invert onto cooling racks. While cooling, prepare frosting.
For the frosting
  1. Whip mascarpone cheese and butter until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and whip until fully combined and completely smooth.
To assemble
  1. When cake rounds are fully cooled, place one round on serving plate.
  2. Top with half of the frosting. Smooth frosting, leaving about 1/2-inch perimeter around the edge.
  3. Place second round on top and finish with the rest of the frosting piled on top.
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I like the rustic look with the unfinished sides but you choose. This is such an indulgence and perfect for a spring celebration!

Browned Butter Banana Cake | The Gray Boxwood

Browned Butter Banana Cake | The Gray Boxwood

Browned Butter Banana Cake | The Gray Boxwood

Browned Butter Banana Cake | The Gray Boxwood

Browned Butter Banana Cake | The Gray Boxwood

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