Thursday, July 15, 2010

Diary of a Secret Housewife: Caramel Banana Cake

As you might remember, my niece was born last week.  And in honor of her arrival, I wanted to make something nearly as sweet and delicious as her.

The Kitchn came to the rescue with a caramel banana cake that is just to die for.  The result is a gooey, delectable heaven of a dessert that's as much pudding as cake.  The caramel adds an unexpectedly sophisticated, smoky taste that pairs really well with the fragrance and sweetness of banana.

The Kitchn recipe makes two cakes.  I didn't want to be tooooo indulgent, so I just halved the recipe.  Here's what you need for my halved version:

3/8 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups milk 
3/4 cups mashed bananas
3/4 cups caramel sauce (recipe here)

Heat oven to 325 F. Grease a 9" cake pan.

"Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy then add the eggs and beat until silky and lightened. Sift the flour with the baking soda and salt. Whisk the milk and mashed bananas in a separate measuring cup and add to the eggs and butter, alternating with the flour. Beat just until smooth.

Pour batter into the prepared pans. Pour half the caramel sauce into each pan, and swirl with a knife. Put in the oven carefully and bake for about 60 minutes, or until the center is set and a knife comes out clean."

You're supposed to let the cake cool before serving.  I dare you.


Cathleya July 15, 2010 at 9:41 PM  

Ahh... banana and caramel. 2 of nature's most perfect creations.

lavenderpug July 15, 2010 at 11:47 PM  

ah mah gah. are you kidding me? that sounds and looks like heaven. i am totally making that sometime.

Natalie August 12, 2010 at 10:36 AM  

I plan to make this tonight---but noticed in your halving of the recipe you said 1/2 cup flour and the original calls for 3 cups..did you mean 1 1/2 cups of flour?

Mrs. Hot Cocoa August 12, 2010 at 11:03 AM  

@ Natalie: Ooh! Thanks for catching the typo. Yes, definitely do what the original recipe says. I'll fix the measurements. And I hope it turns out awesome. Keep me posted!

Dalia September 20, 2011 at 1:52 PM  

Hi. You mentioned that you halved the recipe but you said "Pour batter into the prepared panS" Also you said to bake for 60 minutes? Is the bake time less for only half a cake or is 60 minutes correct?

Mrs. Hot Cocoa September 20, 2011 at 8:02 PM  

@dalia: Good catch! Just one pan. And the baking time remains the same. I hope you enjoy it!!!

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