Turn extra ripe bananas into this delicious banana sheet cake. The soft and caramelly creamy cheese icing takes it to the next level. The large size and easy of preparation makes it perfect for parties, potlucks and more.
Turn ripe bananas into a soft and delicious sheet cake. This yummy treat is sized for a crowd and the brown sugar and cream cheese icing adds another layer of fabulous flavor.
Turning Extra Bananas Into Cake
I know, I know… always with the banana recipes. You guys, I can’t help it!
I am not sure if you are thanking me or cursing me, so I choose to think you are loving this crazy banana baked good roller coaster. Here’s what happened:
Little Dude went on a banana bender. He HAD to have one every night before bed for a couple of weeks running.
Our supply was dwindling quickly, so I bought another bunch and then the bedtime banana ritual stopped as quickly as it started.
You never know with this kid. So the bananas sat.
And ripened. And ripened. And sat.
Until there was only one thing to do, BAKE! Boo hoo!
But if you are supposed to make lemonade out of life’s lemons, I figure you should make banana cake out of life’s overripe bananas too. It only seems right.
I love sheet cakes. They are so easy to put together.
They can be cut into teeny tiny squares for the strange people who “don’t really like sweets.” What does that even mean?!
Or great big giant bars for those of us who practice portion control by only having one piece, no matter the size.
Now let’s get to the frosting. MMMMM, frosting! Of course, one of my favorite parts of any cake.
I wanted the creamy feeling of cream cheese mixed with a rich caramel flavor. This icing is still a bit warm when you spread it, so it goes on super smooth and then it sets up a bit as it cools.
You can certainly adjust how salty you would like your salted caramel. I’d suggest you put at least a quarter teaspoon in for balance. I went full boor and put almost a whole teaspoon in.
Then for added affect, I sprinkled a couple of grains of super coarse sea salt on a few pieces as I served them. It added a little crunch an that pop of salty sweet flavor. So fun!
More Recipes Using Ripe Bananas
We love banana baked goods around here. Whether it’s banana chocolate cupcakes or something a bit healthier like banana bread baked oatmeal, it’s bound to be a hit with our crew.
If you are looking for a banana cake that’s ready for a party, check out the star-spangled banana cake. It has 4 layers of moist banana cake, loads of fluffy white frosting and a sprinkling of coconut.
What are your favorite things to do with those extra bananas?
Banana Sheet Cake with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
- ⅔ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 1⅔ cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup butter
- 3 large bananas very ripe
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2¼ cups all purpose flour
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar packed
- ⅓ cup whole milk
- ½ teaspoon salt*
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 4 oz cream cheese softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a 13x18x1-inch half sheet pan.
- Mix milk and vinegar, set aside⅔ cup milk, 1 teaspoon vinegar
- In mixer bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.1⅔ cup granulated sugar, ⅓ cup butter
- Add bananas, eggs & vanilla and mix until smooth.3 large bananas, 2 large eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Stir dry ingredients into banana mixture. Add soured milk and stir until just combined.1 teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, 2¼ cups all purpose flour
- Spread in prepared sheet pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, rotating half way through bake time. Remove from oven and set aside to cool before frosting.
- Once cake is cooled, start on the frosting.
- In a small saucepan, melt butter. Add brown sugar, milk and salt and cook over medium heat until the sugar is fully dissolved, about two minutes.½ cup butter, 1 cup light brown sugar, ⅓ cup whole milk, ½ teaspoon salt*
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth and fluffy.4 oz cream cheese
- Pour butter and brown sugar mixture into the bowl a little bit at a time, mixing after each addition. Beat on medium speed until the cream cheese is completely incorporated.
- Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Spread over cake and allow to set before serving.2 cups powdered sugar