Wednesday, February 26

Banana Cake With Whipped Nutella Frosting

I love TV so much. It is weird that I am so obsessed with it, because we had no cable for YEARS. In fact we did not even have a TV. Now this was not due to financial reasons or anything of the sort. We chose not to have it. Thought it was a waste of time and neither the husband nor I really enjoyed it and we prefer that our kids play with toys and each other rather than parking it in front of cartoons.

But today? I have so many shows I can not keep up with. I am admitting it, I am a TV series addict. Special Victims Unit, Downton Abbey, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, Scandal, Nashville, The Good Wife, True Detective, Revolution, and my current favorite? Boardwalk Empire.

Holy crap! I can not get enough of that show, it is great! For those of you not familiar with the show.... It is an HBO drama that takes place mainly in Atlantic City, but also Chicago and New York City during the prohibition era and the birth of American organized crime. Between Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire I am now officially Ob-freaking-sessed with the early 1900's.

I have found that Netflix and Amazon Prime have changed the world of TV. It is SO much easier for me to enjoy the shows I love. My husband and I often start a new series together, but then I skip ahead while he is at work... My laptop is always live streaming something while I am working in the kitchen. When he returns home, I feel this guilt creeping up, like I cheated on him or something.... Do you ever feel like you are cheating on your spouse when you skip ahead in a series? I pretty much ruin all of our shows for him. I'm clearly a terrible wife!

Now what does this talk about TV have to do with Banana Cake and Nutella Frosting?Absolutely nothing.... I just love my shows!

Now for some talk about the cake. This cake is super moist, tastes like banana bread when layered with mounds of Nutella, how can you resist? My husband has a thing about hazelnut and chocolate combinations. When we were 16, he got some hazelnut chocolates for Christmas, ate them... and then proceeded to get horribly sick. So no Nutella or hazelnut anything for us for many many years, the thought always turned his stomach. I snuck it in on him while making this cake. Turns out he does like hazelnut after all and the cake was a big hit!

Banana Cake with Whipped Nutella Frosting
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup mashed banana
3/4 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

For the Frosting:
1 cup of Nutella (or any other chocolate hazelnut spread)
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-4 cups confectioners sugar

Preheat oven to 350.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter, banana, and sugar together until combined.

Mix in eggs, vanilla and buttermilk.

In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together.

Fold into your wet ingredients until combined. 

Separate batter into two greased 8 inch round baking dishes. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and it comes out clean. Allow to set for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and allow to cool completely on cooling racks.

To prepare your frosting:
In the bowl of your electric mixer using the whip attachment. Whip Nutella and butter together until combined.

On medium/ low speed add in vanilla extract, salt and heavy whipping cream.

Slowly add in 1/4 cup of confectioners sugar at a time, continuously whipping the mixture. Stop whipping and adding sugar when you have a light fluffy frosting. 

Frost cooled cakes as desired.


  1. LOL! My husband will watch like 3 episodes before me, and I have to yell at him! This cake...dear lord, gorgeous.

    1. Does it drive you nuts? lol... my husband gives me so much hell over it.

  2. I watch way too much TV too!! I just started watching House of Cards and was OBSESSED with Breaking Bad! PS...LOVE this cake!

  3. I swear bananas and Nutella were made for each other. You just made them even better by putting them in a cake!

  4. You're the second person to mention True Detective today....I have got to check this show out! Also, bananas + nutella makes me swoon....seriously love this cake!

  5. Girl, your photos are insane - just like this cake! It incorporates the best flavors! And I'm with you - love my shows! Such an awesome escape from this Polar Vortex!!!!!

  6. Nutella frosting. Be still my heart.

  7. I want to live with this cake. And a TV. OMG!

  8. I love tv too, Carrie. A bit too much. When I first moved out with my husband, I told him I didn't even want furniture. We had to buy a tv first. We just moved again and we haven't had a tv in two months. I feel like I'm dying inside. Our renos are almost done and that means our new 60 inch tv is going up. I can't freaking wait! I also can't freaking wait to try this gorgeous cake (although my frosting skills are non-existent so my cake won't look anywhere near as beautiful as yours). Banana and nutella….yummm...

  9. That frosting looks amazing, light and fluffy. I wish I had eaten breakfast before I saw this post! :) Thanks for sharing this!

  10. I don't watch tv so much, as I can never find the time to sit down when the shows I like are actually airing, but I am obsessed with Netflix. I'm all about watching back to back episodes of my favorite series without having to wait a week in between. Oh, and did I mention no commercials? I'm all about no commercials. I'm currently obsessed with Mad Men. Gah, I love that show. Um, this cake is gorgeous, and of course I love the combo. I mean, it doesn't get any better than banana and nutella.

  11. I would love a big slice of this cake while catching up on the most recents shows!

  12. Banana and Nutella...yes, yes, yes!!!! This is crazy awesome looking!

  13. Do you have any suggestions on what I could use to substitute the mashed bananas for banana flavor? My fiance loves Nutella and banana but is allergic to the real McCoy (unfortunately) but I would love to make this for his birthday

    1. Hi, You can make the frosting, but top any other cake with it. It doesn't have to go on the banana cake. As for a sub in this cake, to keep the banana flavor you need to use the banana. However you could find a plain yellow cake recipe, and substitute the vanilla extract for a banana extract?

  14. Hi.. Just baked this... smells great.. got a question before i proceed on to frosting..How to store the cake? With forsting or without? And how many days can this be stored up to..?? Please reply ASAP.. cant wait to bite into the cake..