Decorated Banana Cake Recipe

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  • Incredibly easy, incredibly good Banana Cake Recipe with a few fall twists. The addition of thick, creamy salted caramel frosting and amazing Donsuemor madeleines upgrade this classic 9×13 to an elegant dessert {without any cake decorating skills}.

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    banana cake on a cake stand

    One thing I love more than a delicious dessert is a beautiful dessert – that is easy to make. Years ago while in college, I worked for a catering company whose philosophy was that food should look as good as it tastes. It’s that job that led me on the journey to both my business and how I entertain today! Through the years I’ve embraced that philosophy without any formal training. It’s the little things!

    Donsuemor madeleines offer just that – a beautiful treat made with high-quality ingredients that you can enjoy alone or use to create a memorable, beautiful dessert. They’re the prettiest French inspired shell shaped cookie that take this Banana Cake over the top, both in looks and texture! You can find a variety of recipes ranging from Pumpkin Tiramisu to Madeleine Creme Brûlées and more here! What’s your favorite way to celebrate madeleine moments?

    Cake on a stand next to a cooker stove top

    To Make This Banana Cake Recipe You Will Need:

    • Butter
    • Bananas
    • Lemon juice
    • Flour and baking soda
    • Salt and sugar
    • Eggs
    • Buttermilk
    • Powdered sugar
    • Caramel sauce
    • Donsuemor madeleines

    How To Make This Banana Cake Recipe

    1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
    2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat until it becomes nutty in flavor, brown in color and slightly foams. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
    3. Meanwhile, combine mashed banana and lemon juice in a small bowl. Set aside.
    4. In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
    5. Combine butter, sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bow or mixer and beat in eggs one at a time.
    6. Alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk, stir in banana mixture.
    7. Pour into greased cake pan {reserving excess for an additional smaller cake or discarding}.
    8. Bake 1 hour 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
    9. Remove from oven and place cake in freezer for 45 minutes.
    10. Meanwhile, in a mixer or mixing bowl, whip butter until smooth. 
    11. Gradually add powdered sugar. Blend in salted caramel sauce.
    12. Decorate the banana cake.

    How To Decorate Your Cake

    1. Place your cooled cake onto a cake pedestal.
    2. Using an icing spatula and fresh salted caramel buttercream, smooth frosting onto cooled cake.
    3. In the center of your cake, drop a cup of bananas that have been sliced and tossed in lemon juice.
    4. Edge the cake with Donsuemor Madeleines.

    Close up of the decorated cake

    It’s Easy To Make Banana Cake From Scratch!

    It’s so easy to make Banana Cake from scratch and it takes just 30 minutes hands-on time! Just like my Mandarin Orange Cake, you won’t regret the little extra effort. This easy Banana Cake Recipe uses staple ingredients and buttermilk, which you can easily make if you don’t have any on hand with this easy trick! Buttermilk gives cake a soft texture with added body which makes this cake so thick and moist!

    Banana Cake With Browned Butter

    This Banana Cake Recipe is so amazing! It’s rich in flavor with a fun twist: the addition of browned butter. This gives it a more intense flavor and when topped with thick, creamy salted caramel frosting and madeleines, this cake stands out from the rest!

    A banana cake on a stand next to flowers

    How to Store Banana Cake

    If it’s not being served in the first 24 hours, refrigerate in an airtight container. Banana Cake can be frozen, however, fresh is always best!

    How To Keep Bananas From Browning

    Dip or brush the  banana slices in lemon, lime or pineapple juice to prevent browning.

    Banana cake on a kitchen work top

    Top Tips For Making This Recipe

    • 1 1/2 c of bananas mashed is the equivalent to 3-4 bananas.
    • If you can, use real vanilla extract rather than imitation – it’s so much better!
    • Be sure to freeze the cake before decorating it.
    • As always, grease your cake pan and bake in a pre-heated oven for the best results.

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    Banana Cake

    Incredibly easy, incredibly good Banana Cake Recipe with a few fall twists - with thick, creamy salted caramel frosting and amazing Donsuemor madeleines to upgrade this classic 9x13 to an elegant dessert {without any cake decorating skills}.
    Course Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Keyword banana cake recipe, decorated banana cake, easy banana cake, salted caramel frosting
    Prep Time 30 minutes
    Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
    Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
    Servings 15
    Calories 620 kcal

    Ingredients

    • 3/4 c butter
    • 1 1/2 c bananas mashed
    • 2 tsp lemon juice
    • 3 c flour
    • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 2 1/8 c sugar
    • 1 Tbsp vanilla
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 1/2 c buttermilk

    Salted Caramel Frosting

    • 1 c butter softened
    • 5 c powdered sugar 
    • 1/3 c salted caramel sauce

    Topping

    • 1 c bananas sliced, coated in lemon juice
    • Donsuemor Madeleines 

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
    2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat until it becomes nutty in flavor, brown in color and slightly foams. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
    3. Meanwhile, combine mashed banana and lemon juice in a small bowl. Set aside.
    4. In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
    5. Combine butter, sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bow or mixer and beat in eggs one at a time.
    6. Alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk, stir in banana mixture.
    7. Pour into greased cake pan {reserving excess for an additional smaller cake or discarding}.
    8. Bake 1 hour 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
    9. Remove from oven and place cake in freezer for 45 minutes.
    10. Meanwhile, in a mixer or mixing bowl, whip butter until smooth. 
    11. Gradually add powdered sugar. Blend in salted caramel sauce.
    12. Remove cake from freezer and flip cake pan onto a cake platter. Frost cake. Place bananas in the middle and line the outside edge with Donsuemor Madeleines.

    Recipe Notes

    1 1/2 c of bananas mashed is the equivalent to 3-4 bananas

    If it’s not being served in the first 24 hours, refrigerate in an airtight container. Banana Cake can be frozen, however, fresh is always best!

    If you can, use real vanilla extract rather than imitation - it's so much better!

    Be sure to freeze the cake before decorating it.

    As always, grease your cake pan and bake in a pre-heated oven for the best results.

    Nutrition Facts
    Banana Cake
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 620 Calories from Fat 207
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 23g35%
    Saturated Fat 14g70%
    Cholesterol 92mg31%
    Sodium 423mg18%
    Potassium 174mg5%
    Carbohydrates 100g33%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 72g80%
    Protein 5g10%
    Vitamin A 773IU15%
    Vitamin C 2mg2%
    Calcium 48mg5%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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