Easy Nutella Chocolate Chip Banana Cake (with Gluten Free Option)

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An impressive dessert made with layers of moist banana cake studded with chocolate chips, separated by schmears of Nutella and cream cheese whipped cream. With options to make this cake gluten free, and to use roasted bananas if yours aren’t ripe, you’ll go bananas for this Banana Chocolate Chip and Nutella Cake recipe.

A slice of banana cake filled with Nutella and chocolate chip layers with a glass of milk in the background.

You guys, it’s a miracle! I’m posting a recipe for a food that is being celebrated in one of those whack-a-doodle food holidays the day before the actual holiday. I’m not going to mention that I actually made this cake nearly a year ago. Well, the first time I made it was several years ago, and then last year I made it gluten free. So it was last March, for Little Dude’s second birthday, to be exact, that I made and photographed this cake. And then proceeded to since to him and serve the poor kid’s cake with a slice removed and then smooshed back in place.

Oh, cut me some slack. The kid got two cakes. On the weekend before and the weekend after his birthday.

Both with slices take out and put back in. The kid that doesn’t like cake.

OK, OK, I’m a terrible mother.

And a terrible food blogger, because if I were a good food blogger, I’d have posted this recipe (yes the one that has been residing inside my computer for the past, oh, ten months or so) several weeks ago so that it could have made the rounds on Facebook and Pinterest prior to World Nutella Day, which falls on February 5th. That way I’d have had the time to convince the entire world that they absolutely have to make it to celebrate such a noteworthy day on the calendar. And again, if I were a good food blogger, when I decided to post a recipe the day before said food holiday that features said food being celebrated on said food holiday, I might have chose something a bit less involved.

Involved? Yes.

Difficult? No.

Totally worth it? OMG, yesssss…

A slice of banana layer cake with layers of Nutella and cream cheese frosting

This Banana Chocolate Chip and Nutella Cake is just layers and layers of happiness. Moist banana cake filled with chocolate chips, slathered with Nutella, then more cake, then, get this, cream cheese whipped cream, then cake, then Nutella, then cake, the cream cheese whipped cream, then cake, then Nutella, then cake. Then the whole thing is covered in that luscious cream cheese whipped cream that is tangy and not too sweet so it balances the sweetness of the cake and it’s so good I could just eat from the bowl instead of bothering putting it on the cake except the cake is so banana-liciously amazing, and you know, chocolate chips make banana cake taste even better, and then the whipped cream just makes the cake even more moist and then the Nutella for a bit of nutty chocolaty goodness, and oh my gosh, so freaking good.

OK, I’ll calm down now.

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A slice of banana layer cake with layers of Nutella and cream cheese frosting

Now that I’ve gone on and one about it, let me tell you a few things. This recipe is slightly adapted from one I found on the Cooking Channel website. Originally I made it as-is. Absolutely incredible and impressive and I might have eaten about half the cake. When I made a gluten free version, I simply subbed in my favorite gluten free blend, Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 and it worked like a charm. My bananas also weren’t ripe enough, and I had just seen this milkshake from One Sweet Mess, so I decided to roast my bananas. Perfection. And because I like a good ratio of frosting to cake, I decided to slice each of my layers in half, and alternate the Nutella and Cream Cheese Whipped Cream between the cake layers. It’s a simple step that makes the cake even more monstrously tall and impressive.

Top view of a slice of banana cake on a plate next to the full cake with a slice missing, and a glass of milk.

So even if you don’t have time to make this cake for World Nutella Day, someone special deserves this towering cake of awesomeness, even if that someone special is you. Go for it people!

A slice of banana layer cake with layers of Nutella and cream cheese frosting

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A slice of layered banana cake filled with Nutella and chocolate chips with a glass of milk in the background.
5 from 3 votes

Nutella Banana Chocolate Chip Cake

Nutella Chocolate Chip Banana Cake is a decadent dessert made with layers of moist banana cake separated by Nutella and cream cheese frosting. With the option to make this cake gluten-free, dietary restrictions won't stop anyone from sitting down to enjoy a slice.
Prep: 1 hr
Cook: 45 mins
Cooling Time 15 mins
Total: 2 hrs

Equipment

  • Oven

Ingredients

For the Nutella Banana Chocolate Chip Cake

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 6 medium-size ripe bananas mashed (see notes if your bananas are not ripe)
  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cups gluten free flour or all-purpose flour. For gluten free, I used Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 blend
  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 13 ounces Nutella or other chocolate hazelnut spread

For the Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream

Instructions

Make the Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat three 9-inch round cake pans with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer or another large bowl, with a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and light brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, mashed bananas, Greek yogurt (or sour cream), and vanilla, and blend until smooth.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool the cakes in the pans for 10-15 minutes and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Prepare the cream cheese whipped cream.

Make the Frosting

  • Using a hand mixer or the whisk attachment of a stand mixer, whip the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla together until creamy.
  • While mixing on high speed, slowly pour in the heavy cream and beat until the frosting is the consistency of whipped cream. Do not overbeat.
  • Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.

Assemble

  • Using a serrated knife or cake cutter, level the top of each cake and slice each cake in half horizontally.
  • Place one layer on a cake plate and spread with about one-third of the Nutella.
  • Top with another layer and spread with about half a cup of the cream cheese whipped cream.
  • Alternate layers, placing the final cake layer on top, then cover the entire cake with the remaining cream cheese whipped cream frosting.

Notes

  • To Store: Keep covered in the fridge for 2-3 days.
  • To Freeze: Freeze before assembling for up to 2 months – wrap uncut cake layers tightly in both plastic wrap and foil. Freeze the frosting in a separate airtight and freezer-safe container. Let thaw overnight before assembling.
Nutrition Facts
Nutella Banana Chocolate Chip Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 727 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 21g105%
Cholesterol 99mg33%
Sodium 436mg18%
Potassium 355mg10%
Carbohydrates 102g34%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 70g78%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 825IU17%
Vitamin C 4.1mg5%
Calcium 189mg19%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Enjoy!

A slice of banana layer cake with layers of Nutella and cream cheese frosting

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8 Comments
  1. Ambria

    Do you have to make more of the batter for 9.25 X 13 pan? I want to make this for a cake I’m decorating as a book and want to make sure I make the right amount of batter.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Hi Ambria,
      Actually, you’ll have more than enough batter for a 9 x 13 inch pan. A 9-inch round cake pan holds 6 cups of batter, so my recipe makes 18 cups. A 9 x 13 pan only needs 15 cups of batter, so you’ll actually have enough left over to make a 9-inch round cake if you want to, or 18 cupcakes!

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