Easy Banana Sheet Cake recipe that is perfect for pot lucks

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What do you do with all those over-ripe bananas sitting in your kitchen? The only thing that most of us would do is throw them away! Instead, why not give it a shot at making this Easy Banana Sheet Cake recipe that is perfect for potlucks, picnic, and brunch or for dessert time with family. This banana cake is soft and moist and made from scratch using simple baking products that you probably already have in your kitchen. What makes this cake ever so delectable is a yummy from scratch frosting that is made with cream cheese. So you get a combination of a delicious banana flavored cake and a cheesecake-like frosting on top that will instantly become a hit in the family. There is also real vanilla bean paste added to this cake, so you will notice little flecks of black vanilla bean paste that add to the aroma even more. You can, of course, use a regular vanilla extract if you can’t find vanilla beans but there is always something special about using ingredients like that when baking a banana cake recipe.

Dessert recipes that use ripe bananas are healthier and wholesome and also infuse a natural sweetness in baked goods and make a great substitute for white sugar. Bananas are full of distinct flavor and bring their unique taste when added to dessert recipes. Apart from their taste, bananas are extremely nutritious because they're rich in potassium which helps in maintaining the blood pressure levels and heart functioning. Because of the nutritional value of banana in this recipe, this cake is a great way of getting kids to eat healthily and lets them enjoy a much deserved treat.

You could also use this recipe to make cupcakes if you want and decorate them with a frosting of your choice. Cream cheese frosting is pretty versatile and goes well with all cupcakes, or try mascarpone cheese frosting which would be just as delicious. A few other frostings that will go well with this cake is a chocolate cream cheese frosting, chocolate ganache simply poured over the top or even adding a layer of vanilla custard. For a healthy option choose dark chocolate chips in the place of regular ones to pack in the antioxidants that come from the dark chocolate. Banana cake recipes are usually versatile, and you can pretty much add any glaze or frosting of your choice. You can also poke holes in this sheet cake and pour ganache using marshmallow fluff combined with melted chocolate to make it extra decadent. Banana cakes also go well with peanut butter frosting which is a classic flavor and healthy too. You can whip unsalted peanut butter together with cinnamon and caramel and smear a generous layer on top of the cake. Another fantastic and healthy way of eating this cake is to combine Greek yogurt and mashed bananas and glaze it on the cake. If you want to cut down the refined sugar in dessert recipes, you can always substitute the baking products with healthy ingredients such as Greek yogurt or applesauce in the place of butter and oil. This way you don't have to curb your sweet tooth and still enjoy eating desserts.

Thank you to Elise Bauer at the Simply Recipes recipe blog for sharing this Easy Banana Sheet Cake recipe that is perfect for potlucks. Do visit Elise’s blog for other interesting dessert recipes. This banana cake is one of the best dessert recipes ever because it uses real bananas and is healthier than most store-bought banana cakes. Try this homemade banana cake recipe today!

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