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banana cake with caramel icing

(2 ratings)
Recipe by
Traci Coleman
Vancouver, WA

Had a couple of bananas to use, so tried something a little different tonight! I'm working on my frosting skills.... so don't let the picture discourage you from trying this! In skimming through several different recipes, one poster noted that you should resist the temptation to add extra bananas to banana recipes (no matter how bananas you are about bananas) because it can make the cake gooey. I thought that was a tip worthy of passing along - because I definitely am one that would add extra b-a-n-a-n-a! The cake recipe is from Country Living's website, and the frosting is from The Cake Doctor cook book.

(2 ratings)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 30 Min

Ingredients For banana cake with caramel icing

  • CAKE
  • 2 1/2 c
  • 2 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 c
    butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 c
  • 2
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 c
    buttermilk (or 1/2 tsp lemon juice with 1/2 cup milk)
  • 1 c
    very ripe bananas, mashed (approx 2 bananas)
  • 1/2 c
  • 1 c
    brown sugar
  • 1/4 c
    whole milk
  • 2 c
    powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp
  • 3/4 c
    chopped pecans for garnish, optional

How To Make banana cake with caramel icing

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour two 9" round cake pans.
  • 2
    In bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda. In mixer, beat butter until creamy. Add sugar; combine well. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each. Blend in bananas and vanilla. Reduce mixer to low and add in flour mixture by 1/2 cupfulls alternating with buttermilk, ending with dry ingredient added last. Mix until just blended.
  • 3
    Divide batter between the two prepared pans. Bake at 350 for about 25 - 30 minutes until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Let cool in pan for about 10 minutes before inverting onto wire rack to cool completely.
  • 4
    To make frosting: Place butter and brown sugar into medium sized heavy saucepan over medium heat. Stir and cook until the mixture somes to a boil, about 2 minutes. Add the milk, stir and bring the mixture back to a boil, then remove the pan from the heat. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat with a wooden spoon until the frosting is smooth. Use frosting while still warm to frost the cake. If frosting cools and hardens, place the pan back over low heat and stir until the frosting softens up.

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