Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Brown Butter Icing

Today is kind of a little celebration. My baby is six months old! I celebrated John’s one-month milestone because I was so relieved that we had all survived those first few difficult weeks. Life has thankfully gotten a lot easier since then, and this a much more light-hearted celebration. John is growing so fast! He changes almost every day, and it so fun to watch him grow and learn. He’s just learned to sit up, he loves eating real food, and he wins everyone over with his big smile and fun personality.

John, six months

He is such a cutie, and I cannot imagine life without him.

Changing leaves, changing boy. He's growing up too fast! #dailyjohn He's turned into quite the snuggler lately and I LOVE it. #dailyjohn
He's so ready to start moving, he just doesn't know how. #dailyjohn Not sure bath time can get any cuter. #dailyjohn

Every celebration calls for cake, right? Of course, this particular cake is for my husband and I. John will get his special cake in another six months. I love how this dessert turned out. It’s a very simple cake, spiced and lightly flavored with banana and studded with chocolate chips. The rich brown butter icing almost steals the show (at least for this brown butter lover), and it compliments the cake so nicely. This banana-chocolate chip cake isn’t going to win any awards, and it isn’t mind-blowing, but I’m okay with that. It’s an everyday sort of cake, the kind you can make on a whim and enjoy after dinner on a weeknight.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Brown Butter Icing

Whether you’ve got something to celebrate, big or small (perhaps that it’s finally the weekend, yay!), or you just have a hankering for a cozy sweet fix, this cake recipe is for you.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Brown Butter Icing

Banana-Chocolate Chip Cake with Brown Butter Icing
A simple spiced banana cake studded with chocolate chips and topped with a rich brown butter icing.
Yield: One 8-inch cake
For the cake:
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons (137 grams) cake flour
  • ⅔ cup (135 grams) sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup (56 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (about 1 large) banana, mashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (95 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips
For the icing:
  • ½ cup (113 grams) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups (230 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk
For the cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour an 8-inch round pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add the butter and mashed banana and mix on low until moistened, then increase the speed to medium high and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape the bowl down as necessary.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Add to the mixer in 2 additions, mixing after each and scraping the bowl down. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into the prepared cake pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
For the icing:
  1. In a small saucepan over medium low heat, melt the butter. Continue to cook, while watching closely, until browned and dark specs appear throughout. Pour into a bowl and immediately add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Add milk to achieve desired consistency. Frost cooled cake immediately.
  2. The cake can be stored, wrapped, at room temperature for several days.

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9 Responses to Banana-Chocolate Chip Cake with Brown Butter Icing

  1. How is it possible that John is already 6 months old?! I think he gets cuter with ever picture I see. And that cake…well, I can tell you right now that I would need to eat AT LEAST three pieces.

  2. Every celebration really calls for a cake. Because this is enough without any other recipes on the table.

  3. He is sooo cute! I can’t believe he’s already 6 months. I love the 6-12 month stage. This cake looks delish!

  4. Your son is adorable and the cake looks delicious!

  5. That icing looks insanely delicious!

  6. Adorable! J is delicious. The cake is a great way to celebrate!!

  7. Zulejka says:

    He’s so adorable! I love the photo with leaves and oh, he’s so cute in his little robe.

  8. Sometimes a simple cake is better than one that takes days because it’s ready in a flash! It looks delicious.

  9. I love that we share an affinity for brown butter. I’m sold on this cake recipe.

    Your sweet John is adorable. What a sweet, sweet blessing. And loving that terry cloth robe. 🙂

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