Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

By Tessa Arias
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April 9th, 2018
4.66 from 26 votes
4.66 from 26 votes

Bursting with sweet flavors, Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting is a huge crowd-pleaser and better than any store-bought cake. Love!  Download my FREE Buttercream Guide here!

Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook: 40 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: The combination of banana, chocolate, and peanut butter is incredible. I love it SO much. Texture: The cake is ridiculously moist and tender with bites of mini chocolate chips throughout. The frosting is ultra creamy, luscious, and smooth. Every bite makes your mouth happy. Ease: Relatively easy as far as homemade cakes go, just get ready to make a bit of a mess. Appearance: Simple and beautiful. Pros: Everyone in my family loved this cake! It's SO much better than any store-bought cake and pretty easy too. Cons: Not exactly calorie-free ;) Would I make this again? Absolutely.

This banana chocolate chip cake with peanut butter frosting is outrageously good. And you know what? I’m not a huge fan of cake in general.

This is probably because most cakes are bland, cloying, and lacking in contrasting textures.

Bursting with sweet flavors, Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Buttercream is a huge crowd-pleaser and better than any store-bought cake. Love!

They sure are pretty and impressive, though. And sometimes a cake is just necessary for something to feel like a real celebration. Even if you’re just celebrating the fact that it’s the weekend!

So every once in a while I can find the inspiration to create a new cake recipe.

Bursting with sweet flavors, Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting is a huge crowd-pleaser and better than any store-bought cake. Love!

We had some very ripe bananas laying in the fruit basket so I figured a banana cake would be perfect. Because sometimes banana bread just doesn’t hit the spot.

What goes best with bananas? Chocolate and peanut butter of course!

Bursting with sweet flavors, Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting is a huge crowd-pleaser and better than any store-bought cake. Love!

This cake recipe is pretty simple and straightforward. If you’re someone who LOVES frosting, or if you plan to decorate with this frosting, then I would suggest doubling the buttercream ingredients.

Bursting with sweet flavors, Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting is a huge crowd-pleaser and better than any store-bought cake. Love!

Otherwise I think you’ll adore this recipe just like we do!!

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4.66 from 26 votes

How to make
Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Bursting with sweet flavors, Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting is a huge crowd-pleaser and better than any store-bought cake. Love!  Download my FREE Buttercream Guide here!

Ingredients

For the cake::

  • 2 1/2 cups (317 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (227 grams), at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) sour cream
  • 1 1/3 cups (300 grams) mashed overripe bananas, from about 4 medium bananas
  • 1 1/4 cups miniature chocolate chips

For the frosting::

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (227 grams), at room temperature
  • 1 cup (270 grams) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 1/2 cups (313 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
  • Chocolate chips, for garnish, optional

Directions

For the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour two 8-inch round cake pans.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in the vanilla and then the eggs, one at a time. On low speed beat in half the dry ingredients then the sour cream and bananas. Beat in the remaining dry ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Divide the batter among the prepared pans. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the cakes are golden brown and pull away from the edges. Cool in the pans for 15 minutes before flipping onto cooling racks to cool completely. Refrigerate until ready to frost. The colder the cake, the easier it will be to frost. You can even pop the cake in the freezer for 30 minutes to chill.

For the frosting:

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and peanut butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla, salt, and powdered sugar and continue beating until the frosting is smooth and fluffy.

To assemble:

  1. Place one cake layer on a cake turntable or cake stand. For a smooth and even frosting coverage, use a pastry bag and open tip to pipe a generous ring of the frosting around the top edge of the cake layer. Fill up the frosting ring with additional frosting, spreading to create an even layer. Place the other cake layer upside-down on top of the frosting so that the top of the cake is nice and flat. With an offset spatula, spread the remaining frosting evenly all over the cake, smoothing the edges. Place chocolate chips along the bottom of the cake for garnish. Serve or cover and store in the fridge for up to 2 days. Let come to room temperature for an hour before serving.
Course : Dessert
Cuisine : American

This recipe was originally published in 2014 and recently updated with new photos, weight measurements, and improved directions. Photos by Jess Larson.

Tessa Arias
Author: Tessa Arias

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Angie johnson — June 20, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    I had 3 brown bananas and I was not in the mood for banana bread. I stumbled upon this recipe and to my surprise, I had all the items to make it! This recipe was super easy to follow. I added two tablespoons of cocoa powder to the frosting and holy smokes.. it tasted like a melted Reese’s! I also used a Bundt pan and it still came out really nice at 35 minutes. My husband and I were savages digging into cake while it was still warm. I am absolutely making this again as this just might be a staple recipe!! Thank you for sharing!!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 21, 2022 at 7:27 am

      Hi Angie! So excited to hear you loved this banana bread! Your description of you and your husband “digging in like savages” made me laugh out loud!! 🙂 I’m so glad you both enjoyed this recipe so much, and even better that you had all the ingredients on hand! I hope you’ll try your hand at more of Tessa’s delicious recipes around our site, too! Happy baking 🙂

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    Jana — May 11, 2022 at 11:01 am

    Way too sweet. I’ve just made the cake but no one couldn’t even finish even slice. 40 min in my oven made it too crunchy too ( not the recipe’s fault)

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