Thursday, July 19, 2012

Easy Frosted Banana Cake Bars

For lack of time Because I'm exhausted, I feel like I've got to just cut to the chase with this one. Bananas are great. They make fabulous desserts. These frosted banana cake bars are no exception.


The bars came together quickly and easily thanks to MY SISTER (enough of a shout out for you, girl?)

While we were together over the 4th of July, she agreed to be my sous-chef and mixed up the batter for this dessert while I was otherwise occupied making Mango Curd for that phenomenal Mango Swirl Cheesecake

If you have two ripe bananas and some cream cheese to spare, I highly recommend making these bars. Each one has just enough fruit in it to count as breakfast... kind of.


Frosted Banana Cake Bars (recipe adapted from Taste of Home)
Makes about 3-4 dozen
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed 
Directions
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add the eggs, Greek yogurt and vanilla
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt
  • Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture
  • Stir in bananas.
  • Spread into a greased 9 x 13" baking pan
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean

Frosting:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-3/4 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar
Directions:
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy
  • Gradually beat in enough confectioners' sugar to achieve desired consistency
  • Frost cake and cut into bars
  • Store in the refrigerator
Happy Baking!!

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