The Ultimate Banana Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting and Caramel Drizzle

Banana Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting and Caramel Drizzle

Banana Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting and Caramel Drizzle

I’ve really been a cake making kick lately. I never used to bake cakes because, well, quite frankly, I didn’t want to be tempted to eat cake everyday, and tempted I would be. However, now that we have a crowd for friends/family dinner on Sundays, I don’t have to worry too much. We typically eat most of the cake, and I can always find some willing takers to pawn off the leftover slices. I’ve also been on caramel drizzle kick lately. That doesn’t need much explanation…almost any dessert is better when drizzled with caramel. This cake is super easy, as is the versatile (this version has pureed banana for extra banana flavor) whipped cream cheese frosting.

INGREDIENTS:

 

  • 1 1/2 Cups Ripe Bananas – mashed  (about 4 large) plus about 1/2 banana sliced to garnish top of cake (use other 1/2 of banana in frosting)
  • 1 tsp. Lemon Juice
  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter – softened
  • 1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 1/4 Cups Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar – packed
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 Cups Buttermilk

For the Frosting

  • 1 1/4 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 14 oz. Cream Cheese – softened
  • 1/3 Cup unsalted Butter- softened
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 Ripe Banana – pureed
  • Prepared Caramel Sauce (store bought or homemade)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 325°. Grease and flour two  9″ cake pans.  In a small bowl, mix mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, cream  butter, oil, and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Stir in banana mixture. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cakes from oven and allow to cool ten minutes. Remove cakes from pans and allow to cool completely before frosting. If desired, place cakes directly into the freezer for 45 minutes before frosting- this will make the cake very moist. While the cakes cool, prepare the frosting: In a chilled bowl, use an electric mixer and whip heavy cream on high speed until stiff peaks form, then set aside. In a separate bowl, Whip together cream cheese, butter, and pureed banana until smooth and fluffy on medium-high speed, about 2 minutes. Add in powdered sugar and vanilla and whip on medium speed, about 2 minutes longer. Add half of whipped cream into cream cheese mixture and gently fold until combined, then fold in remaining half. Place one cake on cake plate and frost sides and top. Place second cake on top of first, and frost. Garnish with slices of banana and drizzle with caramel sauce.
banana cake

 Banana Cake topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce

Banana Cake topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce

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One response to “The Ultimate Banana Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting and Caramel Drizzle

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