BANANA BREAD SNACK CAKE — Traditional banana bread is baked in a square pan and sprinkled with sugar to create a crunchy topping on this baked banana treat.
I have tried so many recipes for using up over-ripe bananas, and this Banana Bread Snack Cake is hands-down one of my absolute favorites!
The secret to this “banana bread” is that it’s baked in a 9-inch square pan, and sprinkled with sugar before baking, which gives it that amazing, crunchy topping you see.
Whenever I have ripe bananas, I look for a new banana bread recipe to try. I finally found my favorite! This is, without a doubt, the BEST banana bread/cake recipe I have ever baked!
The sugar topping is an unbelievable surprise! This is now my go to banana recipe! ~ Barb
Which, if you ask me, kind of transforms it from bread to cake. But the kind of cake that it’s okay to eat for breakfast, or a late-night snack, if you know what I mean.
Seriously though, that sugar topping! I don’t know where that’s been all my life, but I’ll be sprinkling sugar on every banana flavored bread or cake I make from here on out.
To say my family loved this would be a huge understatement. If I would have had enough bananas, I would have gladly doubled the recipe. This stuff disappeared within in a day.
And as soon as it was gone, I wanted to make it again. Alas, it really does need to be made with very ripe bananas, so I had to wait several days for my newly purchased bananas to ripen.
I don’t know why something as simple as changing the type of pan can transform the whole banana bread experience, but it does. Although I’m sure you could still bake this in a loaf pan and it would be delicious.
No matter what kind of pan you bake this banana bread in, the sugar topping is an absolute must! I hope you love this simple (yet utterly amazing) banana treat as much as we did.
Really, just make it. You can thank me later.
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Here’s what you’ll need to make Banana Bread Snack Cake
- Brown sugar
- Baking soda
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4-5 very ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 or 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick baking spray or line with parchment paper.
- With an electric mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla until well blended. Mix in the bananas until combined.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Stir in the pecans.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the sugar evenly over the top.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center. Let the bread cool slightly in the pan on a rack. Cut into squares to serve.
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Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from the Magnolia Table Cookbook