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Today I am going to post a recipe for a beautifully home-baked banana loaf with a light cream cheese frosting. This is a great accompaniment with tea or coffee, You can modify the recipe to adjust the amount of sweetness as desired. I have used a light cream cheese for preparing the frosting. If you like richness, you can use a full-cream cheese.

Banana Loaf with Light Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients for banana loaf:
  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 4-5 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 medium bananas, peeled
  • 1 and 1/2 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
Ingredients for light cream cheese frosting:
  • 250g light cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoon sugar or to taste
Preparing banana loaf:
  • Cut bananas into 2-inch pieces. Mash the banana pieces using the back of a fork.
Banana Loaf with Light Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer until the sugar dissolves well.
Banana Loaf with Light Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Add 1 egg at a time and continue mixing.
  • Add cinnamon, lemon zest and mashed banana. Gradually add self-raising flour and milk alternatively while mixing.
Banana Loaf with Light Cream Cheese FrostingBanana Loaf with Light Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Pour the mixture into a lightly greased loaf pan.
Banana Loaf with Light Cream Cheese FrostingBanana Loaf with Light Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven of 180°C for about 40-45 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven. Take the loaf out of the pan and cool it on a wire rack.
  • While the loaf is being cooled, start preparing the frosting.
 Preparing the light cream cheese frosting:
  • In a bowl, put the light cream cheese. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until it is light and fluffy.
Banana Loaf with Light Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Add sugar and lemon juice. Mix it until the sugar is dissolved.
Final step - Frosting the loaf:
  • Before frosting the loaf, make sure the top of the loaf is smooth and even for the best result.
  • Put the frosting in the middle of the loaf and spread it evenly on the top and on all sides.
Banana Loaf with Light Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Decorate as desired. I simply sprinkled cinnamon and cocoa powder on top.
  • Put it inside the fridge and let it set for at least 2-3 hours before serving.
Banana Loaf with Light Cream Cheese Frosting


33 comments:

    Mary said...
    What a lovely recipe. Yor banana bread looks and sounds wonderful. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary
  1. ... on October 9, 2010 at 5:20 PM  
  2. Yesim said...
    woow it look really perfect.. i love banana and the cakes with banana..
  3. ... on October 9, 2010 at 6:45 PM  
  4. MaryMoh said...
    I love banana cake...any time. With the beautiful cheese frosting, I love it even more...yum
  5. ... on October 9, 2010 at 7:06 PM  
  6. Pegasuslegend said...
    great instructions and perfect picture!
  7. ... on October 9, 2010 at 10:02 PM  
  8. Angie's Recipes said...
    I adore the banana cakes. Yours looks absolutely delicious with the frosting.
  9. ... on October 10, 2010 at 12:13 AM  
  10. LimeCake said...
    Who doesn't love a good banana cake? Cream cheese icing just makes it all even more delicious!
  11. ... on October 10, 2010 at 12:27 AM  
  12. Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...
    Beautiful! I've never frosted banana bread and now I wonder why not, it looks so good :) Great idea, can't wait to try this one!
  13. ... on October 10, 2010 at 12:53 AM  
  14. Reeni said...
    That is one glorious loaf of banana cake! The cream cheese frosting just makes it extra special!
  15. ... on October 10, 2010 at 1:47 AM  
  16. Magic of Spice said...
    Frosted banana bread sounds so good...I love that 1st photo, looks so tempting :)
  17. ... on October 10, 2010 at 1:57 AM  
  18. Joyce said...
    looks sooo tasty! I love bananas!
  19. ... on October 10, 2010 at 2:13 AM  
  20. Anna's Table said...
    Great photo tutorial. Your cake rose beautifully and would be great just about now, with a nice cup of coffee.
  21. ... on October 10, 2010 at 2:48 AM  
  22. Cooking Gallery said...
    This looks and sounds great! Thanks for sharing:)!
  23. ... on October 10, 2010 at 8:21 AM  
  24. Sweetums said...
    I am in awe of your beautiful photos and also of that delicious looking cake! I would love a huge piece of that with my morning coffee now. Yum!
  25. ... on October 10, 2010 at 9:45 AM  
  26. Jess @ Bakericious said...
    I love banana cake, sound so delicious with the cream cheese frosting.
  27. ... on October 10, 2010 at 9:56 AM  
  28. Karen said...
    That looks like a perfect breakfast slice! Love the cream cheese frosting on it. Yum!
  29. ... on October 12, 2010 at 3:19 AM  
  30. baking.serendipity said...
    I've made and loved banana bread for some time now, but never frosted it. What have I been thinking?!?! This looks delicious :)
  31. ... on October 12, 2010 at 2:00 PM  
  32. Chef Dennis said...
    that frosting just took that wonderful banana bread to another level!! Wow, could I go for a piece of that right now!
  33. ... on October 12, 2010 at 11:08 PM  
  34. Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...
    wow, this look super yummy!
  35. ... on October 13, 2010 at 1:44 AM  
  36. Chef Bee said...
    That bread would be gone in about 10 minutes at my house. I can almost smell it baking. Wonderful.

    Plan B
  37. ... on October 13, 2010 at 2:45 AM  
  38. Cherine said...
    Your banana bread looks so good!
  39. ... on October 13, 2010 at 6:24 PM  
  40. Heavenly Housewife said...
    This looks positively heavenly. I know a lot of people make banana bread, but I can just never get enough of the stuff :D
    *kisses* HH
  41. ... on October 13, 2010 at 8:42 PM  
  42. blackbookkitchendiaries said...
    this looks so delish!thank you for sharing.
  43. ... on October 14, 2010 at 4:02 AM  
  44. tigerfish said...
    I never really like frosting but since you said this is purely cream-cheese frosting - maybe I will like it? :)
  45. ... on October 14, 2010 at 5:42 AM  
  46. Indie.Tea said...
    That sounds really really delicious.
  47. ... on October 14, 2010 at 11:56 AM  
  48. sherimiya said...
    This looks incredible!!
    I love your blog!!
  49. ... on October 14, 2010 at 3:33 PM  
  50. sadie said...
    I would love a huge piece of that with my morning coffee now. Yum!
  51. ... on October 14, 2010 at 7:13 PM  
  52. Pacheco Patty said...
    I have been thinking about applesauce cake with cream cheese frosting today but I would take a piece of this wonderful banana cake any day. Your photos show your steps to making this banana loaf cake with a nice amount of detail:)
  53. ... on October 15, 2010 at 10:02 AM  
  54. Spoon and Chopsticks said...
    Thanks everyone for taking time to write comments. It's good to see so many banana bread lovers out there.

    Most of you seem to like this bread with coffee or tea for breakfast.

    @Andrea the Kitchen Witch,
    @baking.serendipity: Yeah try frosting. It does add that extra flavour to your bread.

    @Magic of Spice: Thanks for liking the photo.

    @tigerfish: I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I've used light cream cheese. So it's supposed to be good as long as you don't eat extra slices :)

    @Pacheco Patty: Thanks for feedback. I'm glad that my photos have done their job in showing the steps clearly.
  55. ... on October 16, 2010 at 9:20 PM  
  56. ~Lisa~ said...
    This looks so yummy! Great job!
  57. ... on October 19, 2010 at 11:05 AM  
  58. Spoon and Chopsticks said...
    @~Lisa~: Thanks. It tastes yummy too. :)
  59. ... on October 19, 2010 at 6:22 PM  
  60. coolblogger said...
    love the dish. And love the pic as well.
    Following u ,drop to my blog when u have time.
  61. ... on October 20, 2010 at 12:00 AM  
  62. Quit Eating Out said...
    This sounds so amazing.... a perfect breakfast treat or afternoon snack. Can't wait to try this!
  63. ... on October 21, 2010 at 7:16 AM  
  64. Spoon and Chopsticks said...
    @coolblogger: Thanks a lot, coolblogger!

    @Quit Eating Out: Thanks for your comment. This is great with a morning tea. :)
  65. ... on October 23, 2010 at 12:23 PM  

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