Blueberry Banana Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

What do you usually do when you have ripe bananas on the counter?  Make banana bread? I usually do.  Well, that was until I found this recipe for Blueberry Banana Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting over at my friend Laura’s site – Real Mom Kitchen. I now have a new reason to let my bananas get too ripe.

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Cali and I had just been out blueberry picking.

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So in addition to the ripe bananas, I had a bucket full of fat, juicy, yummy Oregon blueberries too!  How lucky can a girl get.

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The cake was delicious and I loved the combination of bananas, blueberries with just a touch of lemon!  The cake was a big hit with the family and friends we shared it with.  The cake is fairly dense but is nice and moist thanks to those ripe bananas. Enjoy!

Other yummy blueberry recipes to try:  Blueberry Muffins, Blueberry Crumb Bars, Corn and Blueberry Salad,  and Blueberry Stuffed Pork .  And of course my recipe for The Best Banana Bread ever!

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Blueberry Banana Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (from about 3 bananas)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested (the zest is for the frosting)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cups blueberries, washed and picked over
  • extra blueberries and sliced almonds for garnish
  • For the cream cheese frosting:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) package light cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Pinch salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Line a 9×13-inch pan with parchment paper, with enough paper that paper hangs over the two long sides
  • Grease lightly with baking spray or butter
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl with a handheld mixer) cream the butter with the sugars
  • Blend in the eggs one at a time, and whip until creamy
  • Add the vanilla as well as the bananas. Mix until creamy
  • Add the flour, baking soda and salt
  • Stir the mixture roughly, but do not combine completely
  • In a large measuring cup, mix the lemon juice with the milk. (Reserve the lemon zest for the frosting.)
  • With the mixer running, slowly pour the milk into the bowl with the rest of the ingredients
  • Mix until smooth
  • Fold in the blueberries
  • Spread the batter in the prepared pan
  • Bake the cake for 75 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. (Start checking after 60 minutes, but mine took more like 80 minutes.)
  • When the cake is firm and a tester comes out clean, remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool in pan for 10-15 minutes
  • Run a knife between the cake and the short edges of the pan to help release the cake
  • Lift up on the parchment paper to remove the whole cake from the pan, and place the cake, parchment and all, on a cooling rack
  • Place the rack in the freezer for 30 minutes (I actually did this part but Laura skipped this part and just let it cool completely on the counter)
  • Remove from freezer and let the cake cool completely before icing
  • For the icing: In a large bowl, whip the butter and cream cheese together until very smooth, with no lumps remaining
  • Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Add the confectioners sugar, reserved lemon zest, and salt and beat on low speed until combined, then on high until frosting is smooth
  • Spread on cooled cake
  • Garnish with blueberries and sliced almonds if desired

Comments

  1. 1
    MelanieL says:

    This cake looks amazing! I make The Best Banana Bread quite often when I have bananas that are past their peel & eat stage but I’m going to try this next time…all my favorite flavors in one place:) Have a great day!!

  2. 2
    Laura says:

    Your cake turned out beautiful and it is quite delicious too!

  3. 3
    Emily says:

    It was yummy!

  4. 4

    Oh man, blueberries and bananas…what a great combo! I definately want to try this the next time I have over ripe bananas!

  5. 5
    Denise says:

    Could you recommend a good place to pick blueberries in Portland?

    • 5.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      Denise, Not sure what part of Portland you are in but I went to Bonny Slope Blueberry farm, a small one owned by my yoga teacher. It is in the Bethany/Forest Hills area. Also Blueberry Hill which I believe is in the Tigard area is a good one.

  6. 6

    Denise,
    Stop in to Zupan’s for fresh, local berries. All the hard work is already done for you! :)

  7. 7

    This cake looks amazing. Local blueberries are great right now, too – we have a huge container on the counter as we speak! What a good way to put them to great use! Can’t wait to try this out.

  8. 8
    Denise says:

    Thanks for the tip. A friend and I just got back from Bonny Slope in the Tigard area and the blueberries did not disappoint! :)

  9. 9
    Camie says:

    I’m definitely going to make this for my son’s 1st birthday (monkey theme) for the adults!!

  10. 10

    Wonderful looking cake. And who can resist a good cream cheese frosting?

  11. 11
    Gilly says:

    Can you freeze it?

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