Banana Cake with Nutella Buttercream

Banana Cake with Nutella Buttercream ~ a fabulously moist banana cake made with toasted hazelnuts and topped with a thick layer of chocolatey hazelnut buttercream ~ oooh la la!

Banana Cake with Nutella Buttercream with slice taken out

This is a cake made with bananas so ripe they don’t even need to be mashed. So pungent you could swear you spilled a little bourbon into the batter. I like to wait till the last minute to use my bananas for cakes and breads— they get better with age, like fine wine or cheese.

ripe bananas for Banana Cake with Nutella Buttercream

How can it be that I’ve never made a Nutella frosting before? It’s such a no brainer. My recipe makes enough to frost the top and sides of the cake, if that’s your preference, but I like it piled high just on top. This frosting is a real winner. It would be perfect for all sorts of cakes and cupcakes, and it’s a nice change from the regular chocolate frosting that everyone expects on something like this.

Banana Cake with Nutella Buttercream on a table

The cake itself is a nice, moist cake with a pronounced banana flavor.

Just baked Banana Cake with Nutella Buttercream

The Nutella buttercream inspired the toasted hazelnuts in the cake. I roasted and then ground them up so they echo the flavor of the Nutella and add a nice texture to the cake.

roasted hazelnuts for Banana Cake with Nutella Buttercream

This is the kind of recipe that doesn’t require a lot of introduction, I mean, seriously, how bad could banana cake with Nutella buttercream frosting be?

Banana Cake with Nutella Buttercream, sliced

The cake is adapted from one of Ina Garten’s (so you know it’s going to be good!), and the frosting is my own.

a single slice of Banana Cake with Nutella Buttercream

Definitely give this one a try, it’s swoon-worthy. And even if you have a favorite banana cake of your own, try topping it with this frosting, you won’t be disappointed.

close up of a slice of Banana Cake with Nutella Buttercream

More Nutella goodness ~

3.86 from 14 votes

Banana Cake with Nutella Buttercream

Banana Cake with Nutella Buttercream ~ a fabulously moist banana cake made with toasted hazelnuts and topped with a thick layer of chocolatey hazelnut buttercream ~ oooh la la!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Yield 10 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 9 inch springform pan, or 9 inch non stick cake pan


  • 3 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup toasted hazelnuts measure before grinding finely ground

Nutella Buttercream

  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 13- oz jar of Nutella
  • 1 cup sifted confectioner's sugar
  • 4 to 6 Tbsp heavy cream or milk


  • Set the oven to 350F Grease a 9 inch springform pan or nonstick cake pan with a piece of parchment at the bottom.
  • To toast the hazelnuts, spread them out on a dry baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes the preheated oven. Let them cool, and grind in a food processor until finely ground. You could also use ready made hazelnut meal, which Trader Joe’s sometimes carries, as well as Whole Foods. You could also substitute walnuts.
  • Cream the bananas and sugars together until smooth and fluffy, then add the rest of the wet ingredients and beat until well mixed.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients together and add to the wet, mixing until just thoroughly combined.
  • Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for about 55 -60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out moist but does not have wet batter clinging to it.
  • Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove the cake from the pan and continue to cool.
  • Frost the cool cake with Nutella Buttercream.

For the Buttercream:

  • Cream the butter and add the Nutella, sugar, and cream. Beat until smooth and spreadable. Add a little more cream or a little more sugar if necessary to get a good consistency.
  • Spread over the top of the cooled cake and enjoy!
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  • Reply
    Kris R.
    December 16, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Can another pan be used successfully such as a Wilton mini bundt or a 4cske cake pan? I wanted to include them on a gift tray. Thank you!!!

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      December 16, 2018 at 2:52 pm

      I think that should work Kris, just watch your baking times with the smaller pans.

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    July 19, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Looks delicious — I’m going to give it a try this weekend. If I have hazelnut meal already, any idea what amount to substitute for the whole nuts?

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      July 19, 2018 at 8:04 am

      This is an older recipe Amy, so I don’t know, but I think I have some hazelnuts so I’ll see if I can figure it out for you…

  • Reply
    September 15, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Aunt Sue!

    I made this cake for Bruno’s birthday a few days ago and it turned out so well! I Googled “banana cake with Nutella frosting” hoping to find a recipe I had used years ago, and was so sad when all I could find were sticky, gross-looking recipes. Then there was yours! It was perfect…thank you!!!


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      September 16, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      hahah! I’m so glad you found it — we miss you already <3

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    July 27, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Hi – made this cake yesterday and frosted it today. Help! My nutella buttercream is grainy! What did I do wrong? I looked for some remedy’s online, but just couldn’t get it right. Any tips would be appreciated! I finally gave up and slathered it on the cake only because it still tastes absolutely DELISH! People are just gonna have to get over the graininess! Can’t wait to dig into this cake later tonight!

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      July 27, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Hi Margaret— I can’t imagine why your frosting would be grainy. Did you use confectioner’s (aka powdered) sugar? And did you sift it? If you used regular sugar it might be grainy. Let me know if that helps!

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    Catherine Cuisine
    March 7, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Beautiful combination of flavours ! I love it 🙂

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    September 10, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Hi Sue… Sounds amazing! Do you think there is enough batter for me to make this in a bundt pan? Also… I’m obsessed with Nutella but not hazelnuts (I know )…have you tried putting chocolate chips in the cake instead? I’m going to make this tomorrow so ill let you know how it turns out:)

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      September 11, 2013 at 7:07 am

      Hey Amanda— I don’t think there’s enough batter for a regular sized bundt cake, but I’m sure if you watched the cooking time and are fine with it being half the height, it could be done. As far as the chocolate chips, I haven’t tried that, but why not?? Good luck!

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    August 2, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Oh my, oh my!! Put on the coffee, I am coming over…now..

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    April 29, 2013 at 11:21 am

    of all the frostings one could choose to top this super moist cake, i don’t think any would be superior to this nutella batch. primo choice!

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    Mary Younkin
    April 28, 2013 at 6:11 am

    Crazy awesome looking cake, Sue. I LOVE the frosting piled high of top like that. I have no doubt that it was lick the plate delicious!

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    Amy @ Swiss Miss in the Kitchen
    April 27, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Oh my… This looks divine!!! You make me wanna run in the kitchen immediately!!
    xox Amy

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    April 27, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Oh my goodness, this looks dangerously delicious! What a brilliant idea to add the Nutella frosting.

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    [email protected] Journal
    April 27, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Hi Sue, I love nutella with banana. They are the perfect match! Love your idea of adding nutella butter on top, simply delicious!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      April 27, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks Ann, the Nutella frosting definitely makes this special, and I’m already dreaming up other ways to use it…

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    April 27, 2013 at 1:14 am

    oh, absolutely stunning!

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    Eva Kosmas
    April 27, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Oh man, I love that you ground up toasted hazelnuts and put them in the banana cake. That must taste absolutely amazing paired with the nutella frosting! SUCH a great idea, and I’m loving the texture of that frosting too. This whole cake looks just perfect!

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    [email protected]
    April 27, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Nutella Buttercream…oh my goodness….could there be anything more delicious….and that cake…yum! Lovely photos as always Sue!

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    April 26, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Oh my….I’m drooling over your pictures and description of this cake. I’ve made banana cake before…and Nutella buttercream, but separately. What a killer combination. I gotta give you recipe a try soon, real soon. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely weekend. 🙂

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    shannon weber
    April 26, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    banana cake? my weakness, like BIG weakness. As in, i will purhcase bananas from the store pretending i plan to stick them in a smoothie, or on top of cereal, or whatever, fully knowing that i have no desire to do any of those things, because they are going to be a banana cake someday when they “accidentally” get to ripe for anything else. and i love different versions of banana cakes and bread; everyone always does something different, and this is a great pairing.

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      Sue/the view from great island
      April 26, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      Thanks, Shannon. To be honest, I don’t even like eating bananas, but when they become bread or cake, they haunt me!

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    Alison Burtt
    April 26, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I love this idea. I’m sure it’s super delicious. My problem is that even though I love banana and my husband loves banana, we have all these friends who are not banana eaters. One is even allergic! I guess what I’m saying is that I need some new friends.

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      Sue/the view from great island
      April 26, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      I think I might have mentioned it before on the blog, but all my life I haven’t been able to eat raw bananas, they give me a bad stomach ache…so I learned that if I microwave the mashed banana for a minute or two before adding it to the batter, it somehow destroys whatever I have trouble with. It works like a charm, you might try it!

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    Elizabeth Waterson
    April 26, 2013 at 3:11 am

    I always use bananas that look so gross and hardly any yellow peaks through! It really does make the best banana bread/banana cake or banana anything! This cake looks absolutely stunning! The nutella buttercream must have just taken this over the top in all the good wayS!!

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    Magnolia Verandah
    April 25, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Ingenious and I love those roasted hazelnuts. When you say baking soda, do you mean baking powder or bi-carb. soda?

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      Sue/the view from great island
      April 26, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      I use Arm and Hammer pure Baking Soda, that’s all it says on the box. Not baking powder. Intercontinental baking can be confusing!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    April 25, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Sue that cake looks ridiculously good! I love banana bread anything, or banana cake, you name it, it’s got my name on it. And those are some seriously!!! ripe bananas. Love that you could bear to wait that long to bake with them. Would have been hard for me.

    And that this is an Ina G recipe you’ve adapted means it’s going to be fabulous!

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    Carol | a cup of mascarpone
    April 25, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    This banana cake looks like a bit of heaven to me with the nutella frosting. OMG, that frosting looks incredible! Great combo…love it!

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    Abbe Odenwalder
    April 26, 2013 at 3:50 am

    What a great combo of flavors. And since it has bananas and nutella that means its OK for breakfast, right?

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    Rebecca Subbiah
    April 26, 2013 at 3:10 am

    wow what an amazing cake

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    My Little Bungalow
    April 25, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Whoa! Banana and nutella together? Heaven!

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    La Table De Nana
    April 25, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    OOh I think you’re on to something!

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    Nantucket Daffodil
    April 25, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    You had me at Nutella…..

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    A Trifle Rushed
    April 25, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    What a fabulous recipe, I’ve made Nutella and banana sandwiches before, but never combined them in a cake! I’ll bake this next time both my sons are home (to stop me eating it all!)

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    April 25, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    The slight crunch of the hazelnuts…swoon…but you had me at Nutella buttercream!!

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