Chocolate Banana Cake with Mascarpone Frosting

Chocolate Banana Cake with Mascarpone Frosting

I had some ripe bananas sitting on the counter which means time to bake or make a smoothie. Too many for a smoothie, so I chose cake. Couple of weeks ago I came across the “Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread” recipe from Lily at “Little Sweet Baker”. I love guilt free desserts, but this time I was feeling a little “naughty ” and decided to top the cake with a smooth and creamy mascarpone frosting. This cake combines the sweetness of ripe mashed bananas with cocoa powder and it tastes best the second day. Cocoa powder gives it deep chocolate flavor, and yogurt makes it tender and ultra-moist. You can top it with cacao nibs or chopped walnuts.

Chocolate Banana Cake with Mascarpone Frosting

  • Time: 55 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 & 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup mashed over-ripe bananas (about 2 large)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mascarpone frosting

  • 3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • cacao nibs or chopped walnuts, to top



  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 8×8 baking dish
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil with the mashed bananas. Then add the egg, greek yogurt, honey and vanilla, mix well. Slowly add to the dry ingredients and stir together until just combined.
  4. Spoon into prepared baking pan and bake to 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let it cool.
  5. To frost the cake: Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  6. Beat in the mascarpone cheese and then beat in the honey. Spread the frosting over the cake. Sprinkle with cacao nibs or walnuts.

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  • Reply
    Swati Nitin Gupta
    March 10, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Reblogged this on Culinary Delites.

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    March 10, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    I love the addition of the mascarpone frosting, I’m definitely going to try that next time because you’re right sometimes you just want to be a little naughty:)

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      March 10, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      Thanks! We loved your recipe! Just finished the last two pieces:)

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    Lynn | The Road to Honey
    March 11, 2015 at 6:39 am

    This cake looks like pure heaven. I love that you subbed in yogurt for oil and included other healthy ingredients. It’s always nice to have desert without all the guilt.

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    Dana Fashina
    March 11, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I am all around impressed with this!
    Kudos to this lovely treat and to you for making it.

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      March 11, 2015 at 10:06 am

      Thanks Dana! I was quite happy with the result:) It’s definitely a keeper!

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    Feast Wisely
    March 11, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    This cake looks so good – and so much better for the delicious frosting!

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    March 11, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    perfect slice !! I love that flowery touch 😀

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      March 12, 2015 at 9:17 am

      Thanks Andy! I am glad you liked it:) thanks for stopping by!

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    Renee Lalane
    March 11, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Chocolate and Bananas my 2 favorites

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    The Green Swede
    March 11, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Beautiful picture and the cake looks deliciuos. I’m mostly vegan so will try and re-create it the vegan way 🙂 Love the flowers too…

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      March 12, 2015 at 9:16 am

      Thank you so much! yes, I think you can definitely make it vegan:) thanks for stopping by and checking by blog!

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    March 12, 2015 at 2:59 am

    Love this! Clearly I have been making too much banana bread/muffins with my overripe bananas…. I should be making cake!! 🙂

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    March 12, 2015 at 3:49 am

    Oh, my!! This looks so divine, Olga.

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    Maulshri Mitra
    March 13, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Delicious, and the frosting yum yum yum!!!

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    March 13, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    A beautiful cake! I also love the little flowers.

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    Sonal Kalra
    March 14, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Looks great! Gorgeous clicks! 😃

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    March 23, 2015 at 7:14 am

    This looks delicious. I am going to have to try this recipe very soon. Thank you for sharing. Emma.

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