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Is Banana Bread Really Just Cake?

Cooling Banana Bread

When we were discussing muffins, we expressed our sincere gratitude towards the genius out there who decided to take cupcakes and call them muffins so they would be considered a “healthy breakfast.” We would now like to take a moment and thank whomever called banana bread, bread. We all know it is cake, but somehow we are all sticking with the name bread.

Sugar Top on Banana Bread

Why We Never Throw Out Old Bananas

And while we are discussing this so-called bread, we have to ask if anyone else’s Mom refuses to throw away rotten bananas. This has been going on for years. Like all of her grocery trials, one week we all want bananas for a snack, so she buys them up. The next week, nope. We do not want anything to do with them. And then they sit in the pantry and get brown, and then more brown, and then just plain gross. But can we throw them away? Of course not! When we try, Mom will always yell out, “We can make banana bread!”

As if throwing out 50 cents worth of bananas is a crime.

Adding Bananas to Mixer

So, instead of waiting for the fruit flies to come, I took matters into my own hands. Can you even believe I had to schedule a time to use the bread pans? That is how much bread Mom has been making, but we will post on that soon.

My Method of Preparing Banana Bread

After I peeled all of the bananas and put them in the mixer, I added the milk. Right away, my Mom said she liked to mash them before adding any other ingredients. Jeesh, does it matter? (As the milk went splashing all over the counter when I turned the mixer on.) I kindly reminded her that I was preventing fruit flies from infiltrating our home and she decided to get some work done someplace else.

Splashing Milk in Mixer

The recipe that I was using is so old! I think my Aunt gave it to my Mom when she was trying to learn how to cook ages ago. There are not as many details written down, and I realize how handy cooking blogs can be in sharing extra information.

After mixing my wet ingredients, I started with the dry, until I realized that we had so many rotting bananas that I could double the recipe. I had to basically steal the extra bread pan, but I luckily managed.

When adding the sugar, that pesky Mom came back in and reviewed the recipe. Of course, she said there was no need to double the sugar in the recipe. Does she not know that this is pretend bread?

She argues that when there is too much sugar, you can not taste anything else. Which, I have no problems with.

So I agreed because I planned to load this with chocolate chips, and I think it is important to be able to taste them along with the sugar. Problem solved.

Adding Chocolate Chips to Banana Bread

After adding in my dry ingredients, I buttered my cake loaf pans and divided the batter evenly between them.

What About Frosting?

Now my only problem left was how to frost these cake loaves. It dawned on me that we added some wonderful cane sugar to our Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins, and I decided it was the perfect thing as a substitute frosting.

Sprinkling Sugar on Banana Bread

Even though my Mom rolled her eyes, she was the first to cut in and enjoy a “healthy” treat. Cheers to the inventor of Banana Bread!

Bite eaten out of banana bread.
Fresh banana bread

Banana Bread = Cake

Yield: 2 Loaves
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Why do we call it "bread?"


  • 3 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 4 Large Bananas or 6 Small (Mashed)
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk or 1 Cup Milk and 4 Teaspoons White Vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Butter, Softened
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips (Optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons Cane Sugar for Topping (Optional)


    1. Preheat oven to 350. Butter bread loaves.
    2. Mash bananas in an electric mixer.
    3. Mix in all wet ingredients.
    4. In a separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients.
    5. Add dry ingredients to the banana mixture and add in chocolate chips.
    6. Pour into bread pans and sprinkle with cane sugar.
    7. Bake for 45 Minutes or until a fork comes out clean.

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