Banana Caramel Cake

by Jamie on July 1, 2009

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First, I would like to happily say that part one of my exam is finished and turned in to the university! Thank you for your kind words and support!

I would also like to inform you that my diet of sour gummy worms and coca-cola has been swapped out for real food, although I think I may be suffering from caffeine and sugar withdrawal symptoms as a result. Now that I am free for a few days, I figured I would try to get a couple of posts up.

This one is for a cake I saw on Ingrid’s site last week and made it the very next day! The only thing I adapted from Ingrid’s version was the caramel. I decided to make a caramel icing and pour over the top of my cakes.

I used one bundt pan and one mini bundt pan, for pics. I sent this to work with Bri and it was gobbled up in no time. Someone even proclaimed that it was the best damn banana bread ever!

I found this cake to be amazingly delicious and the perfect way to use up browning bananas! Thanks for visiting and be sure to check out my giveaway!


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Banana Caramel Cake

July 1st, 2009

Ingredients:

For the Cake

2 cups (280g) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated)
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups (300ml) vegetable oil (or canola oil as in the original recipe)
1 3/4 cups (350g) sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup (75g) coarsely chopped walnuts (omitted)
85g (3oz) dark chocolate, broken into small pieces (size of chips)(omitted)
3 ripe bananas, diced

For the Caramel Sauce

1/2 cup (88g) firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons whole milk
4 tablespoons (56g) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Directions:

1. Butter and flour a tube pan or a bundt pan that can hold 12 cups*; preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.

2. Sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt and baking soda.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the eggs, oil and sugar. With the paddle attachment, mix on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes.

4. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure that the sugar has been incorporated.

5. Add the vanilla extract and mix for another 30 seconds.

6. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients a bit at a time. Scrape down the sides of the bowl every now and then to ensure everything is incorporated.

7. Once the dry ingredients have been added, remove the bowl from the stand mixer and add the walnuts, chocolate and bananas. Gently fold them in with a spatula or a wooden spoon. Don’t over mix.

8. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 50 minutes and then test the cake to see if it’s done by poking a toothpick or cake tester into the centre of the cake. If it comes out clean, it’s done. If not, bake the cake for another 5 to 10 minutes. (my large bundt was done in 50 minutes; the mini in 30)

9. About 5 to 10 minutes before the cake is done, make the caramel by combining all the ingredients in a small pan. Bring to the boil and stir occasionally to ensure that it doesn’t burn. Let it boil for about 5 minutes and then turn off the heat.

10. Once the cake is out of the oven, poke holes all over the cake with a skewer. Immediately pour the caramel over the cake, stopping every now and then to let the caramel sink in. If the caramel pools in spots, poke more holes to allow it to sink in.

11. Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack. Once it’s cool, loosen the cake from the sides of the pan and then unmold it onto a plate.

Notes:

Click Here if you are interested in the caramel icing I used. I cut the recipe in half.


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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Maria July 1, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Banana and caramel, great combo! Looks amazing!

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Tracey July 1, 2009 at 8:39 pm

I have to agree with Maria – bananas and caramel are so delicious together!

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Pamela July 1, 2009 at 8:43 pm

I should not be seeing this before signing off of the computer and going to bed. Now, I will be dreaming about caramel-covered banana cake all night long. Sweet dreams, indeed.

And, as luck would have it, I just tossed some rapidly browning bananas into the freezer! Yeah!!

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Katrina July 1, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Ooh yum! I love everything banana!

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Kerstin July 1, 2009 at 9:56 pm

What a yummy cake, love that caramel dripping down the side – yum! Congrats on being done with your exam!

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Jennifer July 2, 2009 at 4:27 am

YUM!!! That looks sooooo creamy, gooey good!!!

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Deborah July 2, 2009 at 8:12 am

Love the addition of the caramel!

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Smitten Sugar July 2, 2009 at 10:56 am

I saw this on Ingrid's site too and bookmarked for the future. Yours looks great.

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Bethany July 2, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Congrats on turning in your exam! I was laughing as I read this post, as my study go-to food are Dr. Pepper and Twizzlers!

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Cathy July 2, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Banana and CARAMEL?! I think I've died and gone to heaven. This looks incredible! Congrats on being done with your exam!

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burpandslurp July 2, 2009 at 8:00 pm

banana, caramel, and you sold me. I'm definitely bookmarking this! I'm forever looking for more banana recipes, and this one is def a winner!

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Em July 2, 2009 at 8:54 pm

I'm not a fan of bananas and def don't care for caramel… but I do love your pictures!

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Amanda July 2, 2009 at 9:49 pm

This looks great and I'm sure it tasted even better. :)

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Patricia Scarpin July 3, 2009 at 7:06 am

Your version of the cake is absolutely lovely!

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D|N July 3, 2009 at 8:44 am

What kind of pan did you use to make this? It's fantabulous!

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Ingrid July 4, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Yay, for finishing exams, and banana cakes topped with caramel! Yours looks heavenly! I checked out the caramel icing and it looks good. I'll give it a try next.

Happy 4th Jamie!
~ingrid

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Hot Polka Dot February 24, 2010 at 11:26 am

This looks amazing! And I love your bunt pan. I’m a sucker for banana anything. I’ll try this one soon. Yum!

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joudie's Mood Food May 3, 2010 at 6:00 am

OH MY GOODNESS… This looks wonderful.

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