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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Banana Caramel Cake

Ever since I saw this delicious looking cake on Peabody’s blog, I knew I absolutely had to try it.  However, I have no way of obtaining any peanut butter dulce de leche so I put it off.  Also, I had to wait for the right occasion to make such a huge cake, as we would never be able to eat the whole thing ourselves and I could not stand for it to go bad.  Last night my brother and his girlfriend came over for dinner so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to give it a try.  I sent the majority of it home with him, since college boys eat anything and his roommates love when I make them food.  Since I couldn’t use the peanut butter dulce de leche I decided to forego the peanut butter altogether and went for just a banana-caramel combo.  I used cream cheese frosting rather than a buttercream because it sounded awesome to me – and oh, it was.  It really was.  It is safe to say this was enjoyed by all, and I made sure to save enough so that Ben and I could have it for a few more nights :P  

Banana Caramel Cake

Ingredients:

8 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened

8 oz. mascarpone cheese

1 ½ cups sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup mashed bananas

¼ cup buttermilk

2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

1 ½ recipes cream cheese frosting

caramel sauce

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°.  Grease and flour a 9×13” cake pan or spray with nonstick baking spray.

 

Cream together the butter, mascarpone and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.  Add vanilla extract and mix for another 30 seconds.  Add banana and buttermilk.  Mix together all dry ingredients.  Then add to the sugar mixture.  Mix until combined. 

 

Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake for 30-35 minutes.  Cool in pan, then remove cake to wire rack to cool completely.

 

For assembly, cut the cake in half into two long, equal rectangles.  Place one half onto serving platter.  Cover the top of the layer with cream cheese frosting.  Top with 3-4 spoonfuls of caramel sauce and spread it over the top.  Place the remaining cake layer on top of the caramel sauce.  Frost the outside of the cake with the remaining cream cheese frosting.  Drizzle caramel sauce on top before serving.

Source: cake adapted from Culinary Concotions by Peabody, frosting from Confections of a Foodie Bride

  • http://ellysaysopa.vox.com Elly

    Oh wow that looks SO good!

  • http://www.goodthingscatered.blogspot.com katie102006

    That looks amazing, Annie! I love how well it is presented as well as how DELICIOUS it looks!

  • http://amberskitchen.blogspot.com Amber

    Oh wow, this looks amazing!!!

  • http://eatfordinner.blogspot.com giz

    Not only does it look amazing, I like the way you shifted ingredients around and still came out with delicious.

  • http://sweetsavorysouthern.wordpress.com Renea(MrsSchoon)

    Wow this looks amazing! I wish my husband loved beans as much as I do. I will definitely save this one for later.

  • http://chelley325.wordpress.com Chelle

    Annie, OMG! What an amazing cake! I am totally saving this, and I bet the cream cheese was fantastic with this!

  • http://good-eats-n-sweet-treats.blogspot.com Jaime

    beautiful cake! good call on the cream cheese frosting!

  • Amber Patty

    This was so yummy! Thanks for the recipe! :)