New Abbey Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

by Heather on April 28, 2011

You guys know my beer story, but I’ve got yet another for you to marvel at.

Not too long ago Nate and I had the following conversation:

Me: Hey babe!  Guess what?  You are going to love me!

Nate:  I already do love you.

Me:  Well duh.  But you’re going to love me more!  Guess who is getting to make something with New Belgium beers for Foodbuzz?!

Nate:  Um…I guess you do.

Me:  YES!!!  Aren’t you SO EXCITED?!  I’m the best wife ever, right?!

Nate:  Yep, you are.  I’m going inside…it’s cold out here.

Me:  Uh, ok.

Yes, yes it’s true.  I am the best wife ever.  And I did get a chance to create a recipe using New Belgium beer from Foodbuzz.  And – this one’s a shocker – the recipe calls for BANANAS!!!  The first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem, right?  Well, I have admitted multiple times about my banana-buying-binges, and yet no recovery.  Sigh.  I suppose you have to start somewhere, and overbuying bananas is certainly not the worst thing in the world.  I could be getting into a lot more trouble like the time that my roommate in college made muffins and forgot they were in the oven, burned them black, and then we threw them at our neighbor’s door.

Now that’s some trouble I can (and did) get down with.  Straight-A student by day, muffin-hurling hooligan by night.  I am a walking conundrum.

Anyway, back to New Belgium.  I knew that I wanted to do something other than their classic (yet delicious) 1554 or Fat Tire beers.  I wanted something I hadn’t heard Nate order a million times in restaurants.  I wanted something that I could make something awesome with…and that’s when I saw the New Abbey Belgian Style Ale.  Done and done.

Do you guys remember when I made chocolate stout cake for the Foodbuzz Next Food Blog Star?  That cake is very much the most amazing cake I’ve ever had or made.  Sure, cake mixes are great, but there’s nothing like boiling 2 sticks of butter with beer and other flavors.  As Nate said, and regardless of the consequences, I want to drink that.  Holy heaven it’s a good cake.  Combine the urge to make a ridiculous cake like that and my mounding heap of bananas, and you have New Abbey Banana Cake.  Because what’s cake without a little extra beer?


(based on this recipe from SmittenKitchen)

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 cup New Belgium New Abbey Belgian Style Ale
  • 5 very ripe bananas
  • 2 cups of sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 8-oz block of cream cheese, softened
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla

Preheat your oven to 350.  In a saucepan combine the 2 sticks of butter and 1 cup of New Abbey beer over low heat and bring to a simmer.  In the meantime thoroughly mash bananas with 1/3 cup of sugar (I used a food processor to puree them).  When the butter/beer mixture has simmered 1 minute, remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.  Stir in banana mixture.  In a bowl combine the remaining 1 2/3 cups of sugar with the two eggs and vanilla.  With the mixer on low slowly pour in the butter/beer/banana mixture to help temper everything together.  Continue mixing for another 2 minutes.  Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt; add to the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.  You can either pour into a 9X13 pan and bake at 350 for 45 minutes (test with a toothpick for doneness), or make cupcakes by pouring 1/4 cup of batter into a lined muffin pan and bake at 350 for 17-20 minutes.  You know, just do whatever floats your boat.  You’re making beer cake for crying out loud – you’re hardcore and do what you want!

For the frosting simply cream together the softened stick of butter and softened cream cheese, then add the vanilla.  Add in the powdered sugar one cup at a time until desired consistency is reached.  Spread like a maniac all over the cake and/or cupcakes.  And maybe save some on the spoon just for you.  You deserve it!

The bananas and cream cheese are a perfect pairing for the flavors in the beer, and you get a slight yeasty flavor in every bite.  It’s just one of those things that makes you go “MMMMMMM,” and who doesn’t need more of THAT in their life?

I’ll take a little extra MMMMMMM every day athankyouverymuch.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Salah April 28, 2011

omg….graduation present??? LOoks BOMBBBBBB!


2 Jessica @ How Sweet April 28, 2011

Bananas and beer in a CAKE? I’m in!


3 Mara @ What's For Dinner? April 28, 2011

I love you.
That is all. :)


4 Estela @ Weekly Bite April 28, 2011

Wow! These look perfect!!! What a great combo :)


5 Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 28, 2011

Wonderful creation! You deserve an awesome wife award:-)


6 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 28, 2011

Beautiful!!! That frosting belongs in Martha Stewart!


7 Liz @ Tip Top Shape April 28, 2011

These look fantastic!!! And I also over-buy bananas. I always forget that I only eat half at a time, so suddenly four bananas (a reasonable amount) becomes eight. Yeah…a bit much. lol


8 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun April 28, 2011

I can always go for a little mmmmmm in my life. Beer certainly works. Cream cheese frosting most definitely works. You are a genius.


9 Ashley April 28, 2011

Ahhhh, so creative!!! I still have to make my recipe…have not had time! :)


10 Charla April 28, 2011

Sounds delicious!


11 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel April 28, 2011

It’d be really hard to not eat these for breakfast.


12 janetha April 28, 2011

you need to warn me about these recipes. i am trying to stick to my no sugar guns!


13 Kristina @ spabettie April 28, 2011

this looks delicious!

I was excited to tell Jason I was making a New Belgium recipe too… ;)


14 Natalia - a side of simple April 28, 2011

Cream cheese and bananas make me think of breakfast. So these totally count for breakfast, right? Give a girl some support :) It’s always a smart idea to start the day off with some frosting in my mind!


15 R @ Learning As I Chop April 28, 2011

You always take such great pictures


16 Shanna, like Banana April 28, 2011

Those look so beautiful and tasty. I have a huge craving for anything baked with bananas. De-licious!


17 Maria April 28, 2011

Fantastic banana recipe!


18 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) April 28, 2011

These look so yummy and my boyfriend would love them. He loves New Belgium beers.


19 Stephanie Midkiff May 1, 2011

Heather, I have this cake baking in the oven right now and I can’t wait for my husband to get home from studying so I can surprise him with it. Tomorrow is our anniversary. He doesn’t like chocolate or typically many desserts but he LOVES bananas and of course beer, so this is perfect. Thx for the recipe1


20 Cindy June 13, 2012

Thanks for sharing this recipe! Sounds amazing! Pictures won’t load for me though, which is okay because I’d probably just drool all over if I could see them. I’m going to try it with a saison and a little caramel and rum in the frosting to make it more like a bananas foster cake and see how that turns out. Brilliant recipe. Keep up the good work!


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