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Banana Layer Cake with Nutella Buttercream

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Banana cake and Nutella buttercream make one delicious flavor combination that was simply meant to be! This banana layer cake is a tall, moist, and flavorful double layer treat that will easily serve up to 20 people! The Nutella buttercream is rich and fluffy, with that distinctly irresistible chocolate-hazelnut flavor. This is a wonderful cake for any special occasion. And here’s fair warning: one slice is never enough!

A slice of banana cake with the larger cake in the background.

Our banana cake recipe makes great use of overly-ripened bananas…. you know, the ones you “didn’t get a chance to eat” before they turned slightly brown? Fortunately, they give us good reason to make a cake! 😉

The Nutella frosting is creamy, chocolate-y and rich without overpowering the cake. All of that banana flavor still comes through and the Nutella buttercream compliments it perfectly. We really mean it when we say Nutella and banana are a match made in heaven. In fact, you simply can’t oo wrong when combining banana and chocolate (make our Chocolate Chip Banana Bread or our Einkorn Chocolate Banana Muffins for proof!).

Banana Cake Ingredients:

While bananas will lock in a significant amount of moisture into a cake, the secret to an extra moist banana cake is sour cream and butter. This banana cake recipe has a similar flavor as banana bread but without that heavy, dense texture. Instead, it has a light, fluffy cake crumb that is incredibly tender.

To make the banana cake with Nutella buttercream, you will need:

  • large bananas, mashed (make sure they are overly-ripe)
  • sour cream
  • eggs
  • sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • butter, softened
  • Nutella
  • powdered sugar
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • cream

You can bake this banana layer cake in two 9-inch round pans or two 8-inch square pans.

Ingredients for a double layer banana cake.

The Recipe:

Start off by making the banana cakes- we use two, 9-inch cake pans that are greased and lined with parchment paper (that last step helps ensure easy cake removal!).

  1. Make the cake batter: mash the bananas in a mixing bowl and stir in the sour cream, eggs, sugar, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Mix together the butter and flour mixture, then gradually add the banana mixture, beating the batter well. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans and bake!
  2. Cool the cakes: Cool them in their pans for 10 minutes, then loosen the edges and invert the cakes on a wire rack. It’s important to let them cool completely before frosting.
  3. Make the Nutella buttercream: In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until smooth and creamy, then add the Nutella and mix to combine. Add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt, beating on low speed at first to combine it, then increasing to medium speed. If the frosting looks too thick, slowly add in 1 to 2 tablespoons of the cream until it reaches your desired consistency. Don’t forget to scrape down the sides of the bowl often, and mix after each scrape.
  4. Assemble and frost the banana cake: Place one cake layer on a platter and cover the top of it with a thick layer of the buttercream. Place the second cake layer on top and cover the sides and top of the cake with more frosting. The recipe makes enough Nutella buttercream to pipe decorative swirls on top so if you choose not to, you’ll most likely end up with extra frosting.

What Icing Goes with Banana Cake?

It kind of goes without saying that we think this Nutella buttercream is pretty amazing when paired with the banana cake. But if you’re not a fan of Nutella or you’re looking for a different option, you can try it with our Double Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting or our Easy Chocolate Cake Filling. Both are chocolate-y and will work well in this banana layer cake. Our peanut butter frosting is a great match as well.

A slice of a double layer banana cake with Nutella buttercream.

Tips for the Best Results:

  • Make sure to mash the bananas as smoothly as possible. You can even use a food processor to combine the bananas with the sour cream, eggs, sugar and vanilla.
  • For best results, use room temperature ingredients. One easy tip for getting eggs to room temp is to place them in a bowl of warm water for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Make sure your leavening agents are fresh! That means fresh baking powder and fresh baking soda. Baking soda is especially notorious to lose its strength if it is stored for too long or if it accumulates moisture.
  • Sift your dry ingredients or use a whisk to blend them well and get all the lumps out before you add the dry ingredients to the cake batter.
A banana cake with Nutella buttercream on a cake plate.

We hope you love this banana layer cake with Nutella buttercream as much as we do! We sure did enjoy testing it out- I’d say whenever your day involves cake and Nutella, it’s a good one. 😉 Happy baking!

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A slice of a double layer banana cake with Nutella buttercream.

Banana Layer Cake with Nutella Buttercream

Yield: 20 to 24 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Banana cake and Nutella buttercream are two flavors that are just meant to be together. This is a tall, double-layer cake that easily serves 20 people. Use two 9-inch round cake pans or 8-inch square pans.

Ingredients

  • 4 large bananas (2 cups mashed)
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour (437 grams)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened (20 tablespoons)

Nutella buttercream

  • 1-1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups Nutella
  • 4 cups powdered sugar (452 grams)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 8 tablespoons cream

Instructions

Banana Layer Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease two 9-inch cake pans and line them with parchment paper. 
  2. Mash the bananas in a mixing bowl. Stir in the sour cream, eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract. (Optionally, you could puree all these ingredients in a food processor).
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk the ingredients to blend them well. 
  4. With the mixer on low speed, add the butter to the flour mixture. Blend on medium speed until the mixture looks like damp sand. Add a third of the banana mixture and blend on medium-high speed for 2 to 3 minutes until the batter is smooth. Scrape down the bowl and add the remaining banana mixture in two more batches, beating well between additions. 
  5. Scrape the batter into the prepared pans and bake 35 to 45 minutes or until the cake springs back when pressed lightly in the center. 
  6. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes then run a thin metal spatula around the edges to loosen the cake and invert it on a wire rack to cool completely. 

Nutella Buttercream

  1. Place the butter in a large mixing bowl and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy. Add the Nutella and beat until combined.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt. Beat on slow speed until just combined then increase the speed to medium and beat 3 to 5 minutes until smooth and creamy. If it looks too thick you can slowly add the cream 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time until you reach your desired consistency. Make sure you beat the cream in well and scrape down the sides of the bowl. 

Assemble and Frost

  1. Place one cake layer on a platter. Cover the top with a thick layer of frosting then top with the second cake layer. Cover the top and sides of the cake with more buttercream. There is enough buttercream to pipe decorative swirls. If you don't pipe any decorations you will probably have some buttercream leftover.

Notes

  • Mash the bananas as smoothly as possible. 
  • Have the ingredients at room temperature for best results. A quick way to get the eggs to room temperature is to place them in a bowl of warm water for 3 to 5 minutes. 
  • Use fresh baking powder and baking soda. Baking soda especially will lose strength if it is stored too long or if it accumulates moisture.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 981Total Fat: 61gSaturated Fat: 42gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 162mgSodium: 653mgCarbohydrates: 106gFiber: 3gSugar: 92gProtein: 5g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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John / Kitchen Riffs

Wednesday 9th of June 2021

Nutella buttercream? Gosh, yes! What a terrific cake -- tons of flavor. TONS! Super nice -- thanks.

Dahn Boquist

Wednesday 9th of June 2021

Thanks John

angiesrecipes

Monday 7th of June 2021

It always makes me happy when there are some overripe bananas left on the counter :-) The cake looks fabulous with that rich nutella cream! angiesrecipes http://angiesrecipes.blogspot.com

Dahn Boquist

Monday 7th of June 2021

Thanks Angie, it's one of the best things to do with over ripe bananas ;)

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