What is the difference between banana bread and banana cake?

A traditional banana cake is made like a butter cake with the addition of banana puree for flavor. Banana bread has a firmer and denser texture than banana cake and is ideal for slicing and toasting. In flavor, banana bread has a lighter sweetness than its cake counterpart. Its goal is to make banana bread healthy and suitable for breakfast.

Banana cake is meant to be a sweet treat after meals. Banana bread and cake are normally baked in the oven, but there are different baking methods you can use. Whatever it is, it doesn't matter as long as you enjoy baking and eating your banana bread and cake. Now, let's consider how banana bread is baked to determine if it's actually a bread or a cake of some kind.

Banana cake was created in the 1930s by women looking for a way to spend their time sitting at home during the Great Depression. Following the usual rules and the reputation of pastries, banana cake is destined to be more of a dessert, hence its sweeter flavor. Banana cakes are usually served without icing; however, some people like to coat them with icing sugar. Banana bread can be served sliced with butter on top, but cake cannot be served with more butter.

Of course, today you can find dozens of banana bread recipes on the Internet, ranging from super healthy (even keto-friendly) to more decadent than your average layered cake. With half a cup of chocolate and hazelnut cream, this banana bread has an extra sweet touch that can be as delicious as a cake.

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