Maple-Roasted Banana Snack Cake
This dreamy snack cake packs a wallop of sweet maple-banana flavor.
I’m a sucker for snack cakes. There’s something about the square slices that makes it seem perfectly acceptable to eat a slice, sans plate, over your kitchen sink. This cake may look humble, but it packs a wallop of banana flavor, thanks to this sneaky trick: Instead of simply mashing the bananas and tossing them into your batter, roast them first in maple syrup! Though it does add an extra step, the bananas get beautifully caramelized and their flavor, intensified, making it well worth the effort. The frosting, too, is sweetened with maple syrup and freckled with cinnamon. The combination of the two makes this cake appropriate for a brunch table, dessert course or, again, scarfed over the sink.
Start by roasting the bananas with some maple syrup, butter, and a little bit of vanilla.