A delicious Banana Cake with Nutella Frosting. You'll love the pairing of moist banana cake with a nutty, creamy frosting in this easy recipe.
For the cake:
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 medium bananas
1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
For the frosting:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)
¼ cup milk
4 cups powdered sugar
For the cake, grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add in egg, vanilla, and bananas (you can mash them first, but I toss them in and it does the work). Add in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat for a couple minutes until fully blended.
Pour batter evenly between the two cake pans. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool in pans for about 10 minutes. Flip onto a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting, beat butter for two minutes. Add in nutella, powdered sugar and milk. Beat an additional 3-5 minutes. scraping down the sides of the bowl periodically.
To assemble the cake, lay one layer of cooled cake on a cake plate. Spoon frosting over middle layer generously. Top with second layer of cake. Spoon and spread frosting over cake to create a thin crumb layer. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes. Using a spatula, continue frosting the cake with the remaining frosting. If desired, reserve some frosting and place in a pastry bag with tip to decorate. ENJOY.
Assembly: After frosting the first layer of cake, top it with the second layer. Spread a little frosting on top to form a crumb layer. Then chill the cake for 10 minutes before spreading on the remaining frosting. This method helps the top of the cake look smoother than adding all the frosting at once.
Cake size: This recipe is for a 2-layer cake baked in 9 inch round pans. You can also make it as a sheet cake in a 9x13 baking pan you like. A sheet cake will take longer to bake than two cake layers.