We’ve been a sugar-free family for a few years now. And we’re at the point where eating sweet things no longer tastes good. However, we still want to celebrate birthdays. This sugar-free banana cake is the perfect solution. It is naturally fruit-sweetened and delicious.
5 Types of Banana Cake
Following the recipe below, without any changes to the flavouring, results in a cake that tastes a bit like banoffee pie. It has a strong flavour of banana with the caramel of dates and whipping cream.
However, sugar-free cakes are perfect for all sorts of occasions! Here are a few different ways to take this simple cake and turn it into your favourite celebration cake.
- Simple vanilla sheet cake: Looking for a basic vanilla cake? Add double the amount of vanilla extract along with the zest from one lemon.
- Banana bread cake: Make a sugar-free banana bread by adding 1 tsp of cinnamon along with 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts. Yum!
- Strawberry cake: Certain types of parties call for a pretty pink cake. To make a strawberry cake, replace 1 of the bananas with 1 cup of ripe strawberries. Puree the strawberries in the blender, then stir them into the batter with the remaining bananas. This will result in a slightly runnier batter, so it may need to cook for an extra 10 minutes. Frost with a sugar-free strawberry cream cheese frosting.
- Chocolate cake: I love chocolate cake. To make sugar-free chocolate cake replace 1/4 cup of flour with 1/4 cup of cocoa powder. Frost with chocolate avocado frosting.
Sugar-free banana cake
Looking for a healthy birthday cake? This sugar-free banana cake is naturally fruit sweetened. It tastes like a banoffee pie, however, it can also be flavoured with chocolate, vanilla or strawberry. See the section above for more information.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
- Total Time: 2 minute
- Yield: 2 x 6 inch cake pan 1x
- Category: Desserts
- Cuisine: Gluten free
- Diet: Vegetarian
Banana Sweetened Cake
- 1 3/4 cup of flour (I use my gluten-free blend)
- 1/2 cup of buttermilk (see notes for alternative)
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 4 very ripe bananas
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
Date Sweetened Caramel Frosting
- 8 large Medjool dates, pits removed
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup whipping cream
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl until relatively smooth.
- Mix in the melted butter, then the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla.
- Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Stir until everything is evenly mixed.
- Pour into two 6″ cake pans.
- If you are making a gluten-free cake, the texture will improve if the batter is allowed to rest for 30 minutes prior to baking. Otherwise, bake right away.
- Bake at 350 F for 25-35 min (until a toothpick comes out clean).
- Allow the cake to cool before frosting.
- Place the dates and the water in a blender. Be sure to remove the pits!
- Pulse until the dates have turned into a smooth paste. If you aren’t using Medjool dates, then you may need to add more water to get the dates to blend nicely.
- Once the dates are fully pureed, add the whipping cream and continue to blend until you have a nice thick, whipped frosting.
- The frosting needs to be kept cool. I recommend either frosting the cake right before serving or storing the frosted cake in the fridge.
- Instead of making a 6″ layer cake, this batter will also make an 8″ square or 18 cupcakes.
- Why not make a super healthy cake by serving it with a probiotic frosting?! To make the frosting probiotic use cultured whipping cream.
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