homemade Banana Cake with Penuche Frosting

This banana homemade cake recipe was sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill…but as always, we only write about products we love.  And Bob’s Red Mill is a product we LOVE LOVE LOVE.  Seriously, we should buy stock.  Find our full disclosure here.

Dairy-free Banana Cake with Penuche, using @BobsRedMill flour and almond milk. #ad #yumWe had a cat here at our little cottage in the woods (okay, it’s just our yard that has lots of trees. And woods might be stretching it a bit). A beautiful, soft, gray girl cat. For about two whole days. Technically, it was my sister Tessa’s (child number 8 of us 10) cat. She naively took in the cat her senior year of college without completely thinking through what the end result would be when she eventually graduated. Graduation weekend came and she had yet to find a home for the cat, even though she had faithfully tried. College kids are just not inclined to commit to a cat (smart, I’m thinking!).

So, that cat came home (did I tell you that Tessa is moving to Stillwater near Lanet and I? Yay!) with her. And because she was moving in with Lanet that has a nasty allergy to cats, it lived in our cottage garage for about 2 days. Only 2 days because 1 – We are renting and hadn’t gotten approval for a cat. 2 – I don’t want a cat, it doesn’t fit with our less-is-more lifestyle (we take trips to the animal shelter when the kids are yearning for petting, or borrow a neighbor’s for a bit). 3 – I have minor allergies to cats-they make me sneezy and weepy.

All very good reasons, I think.

banana-cake-recipe-with-penuche-frostingYou ask what on earth this cat has to do with a banana cake and penuche frosting?

Katie’s friend’s family graciously took in the cat. True, she’s hard to resist with that soft fur and big eyes. But still, I think it’s awfully kind. And gosh darn, the only way I could think to say Thank You for such a thoughtful gesture was baking them a cake. Right?!? Doesn’t a homemade cake say Thank You in the best possible way? Truly not enough, I understand. But it’s something, at least.

one-bowl-banana-cake-recipeI baked up my One-Bowl dairy-free Banana cake and homemade penuche frosting (NOT dairy-free…fair warning, I just eat around it.) the night we were heading over to drop the cat off. It was moist, flavorful, and just the right amount of sweetness.

penuche-frosted-banana-cakeThen my family “helpfully” pointed out how very messy that choice of cake would be to deliver (that penuche frosting is a bit on the “rustic” side-code for messy). They said “you wouldn’t want them to get the impression you aren’t professional”. They said “maybe you should make something better another time”.

banana-cakeI should have realized what those geeks were up to.


That’s what my family is. Completely selfish.

eating-banana-cake-with-penuche-frostingThat cake was delicious. My family ate it up gladly. And I am making Honey Almond Lemon Bars this weekend as a replacement for the lovely family that took in the cat. No, rephrase that… my family is helping me make Honey Almond Lemon bars this weekend. I think that’s more than fair. You ate my cake, you make my bars.

Dairy-free Banana Cake with Penuche, using @BobsRedMill flour and almond milk. #ad #yumAnd never again am I listening to my family when they try to tell me I’ve made a poor choice in cakes. I should know better. I’m a cake queen. Not a professional, by any means. I leave that to my lovely friend Amy. But I CAN make a mean home-cook cake. The kind Grandma used to make.

And I don’t hear anyone complaining. No siree.

Dairy-free Banana Cake with Penuche, using @BobsRedMill flour and almond milk. #ad #yum

Banana Cake (dairy-free)

Total Time | 45 minutes
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  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cup Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey or use sugar, if you like
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup mashed banana about two
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup almond milk "buttermilk" add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to unsweetened almond milk and let sit for 15 minutes to curdle
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
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  • Mix eggs, sugar, honey, and banana together in large mixing bowl.
  • Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix well.
  • Add the almond milk, shortening, and vanilla.
  • Mix well but do not over mix.
  • Pour batter into a greased 9x13in pan or 2 greased 9x9in round pans.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Dairy-free Banana Cake with Penuche, using @BobsRedMill flour and almond milk. #ad #yum

Penuche Frosting

Prep Time | 20 minutes
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  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 beaten egg yolks
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
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  • Melt the butter on medium heat.
  • Add the brown sugar, egg yolks, and water.
  • Bring to gentle boil, stirring often.
  • After the mixture reaches a gentle boil remove from heat and stir in the almond milk.
  • Cool a bit and then beat in the powdered sugar.
  • Add more powdered sugar until the desired consistency is desired.
  • Cool and frost.


I often pour this frosting over a cake while it's warm and then let it harden. It's messy looking but oh so delicious and charming!

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6 thoughts on “homemade Banana Cake with Penuche Frosting”

  1. Isn’t Bob’s Red Mill great? Seriously. And that frosting may have been eaten by the spoonful at some point :)

  2. Thanks! Definitely need to make sure it’s safe before you serve it to your boy…that’s being a loving parent :)

  3. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    I am in LOVE with Bob’s Red Mill products and you’ve created something epic here! That frosting is begging to be eaten by the spoon!

  4. Kim - Liv Life

    Oh my heavens… that is one stunningly, gorgeous cake! And I’m thinking if I made if for my lactose intolerant son who is coming home from college in exactly 11 days (who’s counting?? :) I just might make it in the morning, and do the obligatory try (or three) before serving it to him. Love!!
    As for the cat, I have a hard time resisting those sweet eyes too. I have two little Maltese guys and they totally melt me with a single look. Your cake was the perfect thank you!

  5. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    What scares me is I knew exactly where you were going. Oh not the part where your selfish family got to eat the cake :-) but with the cat and making the deliciously sounding and LOOKING cake. I understand being left with pets — you see I ended up with three cats, a dog, two piranhas, one 4 foot iguana and an 8 foot boa constrictor and you don’t want to know what I had to feed the boa :-( It wasn’t banana cake with yummy penuche frosting. Your cake and frosting sounds like just the thing I need to make when the bananas clone themselves in my freezer.

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