Browned Butter Glaze Soaked-Greek Yogurt Banana Cake

This turned out to be one super moist and ridiculously flavorful little cake.

I love it when the baking Gods smile down.

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I didn’t want to make anything complicated or fussy because I’m on vacation in Aruba.

I also wanted to keep it reasonably healthy since every day is a bikini day here.

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There’s no butter in the cake itself, just 1 egg, and I used banana-flavored Greek yogurt.

I was shocked when I saw banana Chob for sale in an Aruban grocery store, and promptly snagged a couple. It’s my favorite yogurt for baking.

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The cake is similar to the Banana Pudding Cake with Vanilla Caramel Glaze in my cookbook. However, this cake is slightly smaller, doesn’t call for pudding, and the glaze is even easier.

To make the glaze, you can simply melt the butter or melt a vegan buttery-spread in the micro. But I prefer to brown it. If you’ve never browned butter before, read this tutorial or this or this.

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The Cliff’s notes are to simply cook the butter until little brown specks appear, keep on swirling the pan, and don’t let the brown specks turn black. The process takes about 3 to 4 minutes and it’s easy.

I don’t know why people make such a big deal over browning butter, but it really adds such another level of nutty, rich flavor and it’s 4 minutes very well spent.

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Pour the buttery glaze over the soft, warm cake, and let it soak in. I made the cake at night, glazed, and covered the cake with foil. By morning the glaze had soaked in almost completely.

It seeps into the nooks and crannies of the cake, and imparts such a comforting flavor. It makes an already moist and tender cake even more so.

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If you need a little banana cake that you don’t have to drag your mixer out for, and takes just minutes to whisk together, this is the one.

It’s soft, fluffy, and light, with just enough density to be satisfying.

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If you’re like me, ripe bananas seem to multiply on the counter, and you can never have too many banana and banana recipes. I have 40+ Banana Bread and Banana Dessert Recipes.

Add this one to the list.

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Browned Butter Glaze Soaked-Greek Yogurt Banana Cake

You don’t have to drag your mixer out for this little banana cake that takes just minutes to whisk together. It’s soft, fluffy, light, with just enough density to be satisfying. The browned butter glaze adds wonderful depth of flavor, and it seeps into the nooks and crannies of the cake, making an already moist and tender cake even more so. You can never have too many recipes for all those ripe bananas that just seem to multiply.

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1 large egg
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
6 ounces Greek yogurt (I used Chobani Low-Fat Banana, vanilla or plain Greek yogurt may be used; sour cream may be substituted)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large or 3 small/medium)

Browned Butter Glaze
6 tablespoons unsalted butter (3/4 of 1 stick)
about 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch salt, optional and to taste


  1. For the Cake – Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; or grease and flour the pan; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together egg, sugars, oil, yogurt, and vanilla until smooth and incorporated.
  3. Add the flour, baking soda, optional salt, and stir until just combined; don’t overmix.
  4. Add the bananas and stir to just incorporate.
  5. Turn batter out into prepared pan and bake for about 35 minutes, or until the top is domed, golden, center is set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. At about the 20 minute mark, or at any point if your cake is getting a bit too golden or dark before the center is setting, tent with foil (lay a sheet of foil over the top of your cake). I tented at the 20 minute mark and baked for 35 minutes total. Baking times could vary from 25 to 45 minutes depending on water content of the bananas, yogurt, climate, and oven variances.
  6. Allow cake to cool in pan on a wire rack while making the glaze.
  7. For the Browned Butter Glaze – Add butter to a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until butter has melted and begins to brown and brown specks appear; the process usually takes 3 to 5 minutes. During that time, the butter will hiss, foam, sputter, and make lots of noise. This is the water releasing. After the noises subside, small brown specks will begin to appear. Swirl pan frequently throughout the whole process, and nearly continuously after you see the specks because that’s when the butter is prone to burning, and the specks can go from brown to black. I push the envelope and cook the butter as long as I possibly can to develop the most amount of flavor.
  8. After butter is browned to your liking, transfer to a heat-safe medium-sized bowl.
  9. Whisk in the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and optional salt until smooth.
  10. Pour glaze over warm cake. Smooth it lightly with a spatula.
  11. Cover cake and allow it to rest so glaze can seep in before serving. I suggest at least 2 to 3 hours; I rested my cake overnight. Cake will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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88 comments on “Browned Butter Glaze Soaked-Greek Yogurt Banana Cake”

  1. Lol I am already drooling!! Cant wait for the post. T c

  2. Hi Averie, I’ve made this Banana cake twice now.

    It is INCREDIBLY dense and amazing. You have mastered the art of baking.

    :) Hope you have a nice day.

  3. Delicious! I made this for my office and everyone loved it. I doubled the recipe and baked in a 13×9 pan I used 10 oz of sour cream. I used 1 tsp of vanilla and 1 tsp of banana extract in the cake I added 1/2 tsp banana extract to frosting. The cake is very moist but not too mushy.

    • Oh I love how you worked in banana extract in 2 places! Amp up that banana flavor! So glad you loved the cake as did your coworkers and yes, it’s moist but not mushy. Thanks for trying it and sharing what you did!

  4. I don’t see how this a glaze. Mine turned into more like a frosting. I don’t see how it could ever be a glaze short of adding milk to thin it (which I wish I would’ve done). Mine didn’t turn out at all like the picture. :\ Oh well, I bet it’ll still be delicious.

    • Then add milk to it if you want – with glazes, there are no rules. You need more liquid, relative to the amount of sugar. If you get that liquid via milk or via melted butter, whatever works for you, go with that. Mind you, once you pour it over your warm cake, it will begin to thin, too. Enjoy!

  5. Oooh… Aruba… I just saw your pics. Give you so much credit for baking down there. I haven’t ever seen chobani Banana yogurt. I’ll go hunt for it. I have like 3 big ripe bananas sitting in the kitchen, I think this cake is calling my name. :-)

  6. Mmmm, this looks sinfully delicious!!

  7. I love brown butter and your cake looks so fluffy and perfect. You come up with the most ridiculously yummy desserts, I never have to go anywhere to search of for treats like these. Thanks.

  8. Yum, you can tell just how deliciously moist that cake is! Love it. I always end up with leftover ripe bananas at home so it’s wonderful to have a whole selection of banana recipes up my metaphorical sleeve! Thanks Averie. GORGEOUS brown butter glaze, mmm xx

  9. This looks incredible! Love the bananas and yogurt in the cake batter. Also, you can never go wrong with browned butter, but in glaze form!? I bet it’s so good! :)

  10. I can’t imagine daily bikini days – my tummy would in so much trouble after a night filled with pasta & bread. :D

    This cake looks so soft, and fluffy! Of course, I’m always in whenever brown butter is involved!

    • The one good thing is that we’re super active AND b/c it is so hot, you don’t have cravings really for these big carb-laden meals of pasta and bread. But I still do crave chocolate :)

  11. I knew I should have saved those bananas this week–although I made a hugely moist cookie butter banana bread loaf, so maybe not :) this sounds like exactly what I’m looking for right now though–can’t wait to try it!

  12. You know I always have a HUGE tub of Greek yogurt and bananas to use up so this here is just perfect! And that glaze?! YES!

  13. I love new ways to use up bananas so I am definitely pinning this to make soon. The brown butter glaze looks like the best part! You are right – the few minutes that it takes to brown the butter is SO worth it for the rich and nutty taste it lends to the finished product. I’ve never used it in a glaze before. What a wonderful idea!

  14. I love the look and smell of ooey, gooey banana cakes/loaves. This looks so delicious. Anything that is dripping with a glaze-like frosting that has soaked the cake throughout HAS to be outstanding! You have a lot of great banana bread recipes!

  15. yes please! looks fabulous

  16. These photos actually make me want to try this, which is a big compliment, since I don’t like banana bread!

  17. This looks unbelievably fabulous and SO moist!

  18. Averie, it looks so delicate and moisty. And this glaze – what an idea.

  19. Yum, all of these recipes are making me crave fall and apple cider. Delish!

  20. Mhmm I love when you do things with Greek yogurt and bananas Averie! Especially when it’s in the form of cake ;) Together they make the perfect textural combination- moist and fluffy. And I bet this cake is super sweet, yet doesn’t make you feel all guilty about eating it. Love that! I’ve been whipping banana in my oatmeal lately because it really lends the oats a thicker, creamier texture. Ever tried it?

    • I sure have! I have so many old (2009) recipes that use bananas + oats/oatmeal, you name it, yes I have tried so many!

      And the cake is sweet, but not ‘super sweet’. It’s pleasant; but more like the sweetness of banana bread, not like white birthday sheet cake :)

  21. I love cakes like this, and that glaze looks fabulous!

  22. I’m game. I have 3 brown bananas that the hubby said I need to throw away, I assured him no way Jose those are prime for making banana bread!!

  23. This cake looks like quite a treat! Love when the glaze soaks into the cake. Those desserts are the best!

  24. Browned butter glaze soaked greek yogurt banana cake…say that 10 times fast! Sounds delicious :)

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