Caramel banana cake

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The thing about me is that I have a bad memory. I had given up making caramel long time back. But thanks to my poor memory, I ended up trying it again. (Why do you think I started the blog? Its for me to read about the forgotten stuff!)

The good thing was that I didn’t burn the caramel like before. I just under-did it. I hurried and took it out before the sugar turned amber in color. Final result was like caramel looking like condensed milk. No, I didn’t take a picture. I fully intent to forget about it as soon as possible.

Another plus was that the cake turned out fine. In fact, it turned out good. I wont say its all that different from a banana bread. But I was amazed at the caramel swirls on the cake. Don’t you think that it looks stunning?

We had a family coming for dinner and I made this as a dessert. But they got eaten as an appetizer, snack, main course and dessert (did I mention that there were 3 kids including mine?). As with all banana cakes, the flavor was much better the next day.

I served these plain, but the original recipe had a caramel rich frosting as well. Browse down for a step-wise pictorial and the recipe.

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Beat 150gm butter with 3/4 cup white sugar and 3/4 cup brown sugar till fluffy.

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Beat in three eggs, one at a time until its smooth and silky.

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Smooth and silky. Now time to add the flour mix in batches.

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Mix 1.5 cups milk, 1.5 cups mashed bananas and 2 tsp vanilla essence in a separate bowl.

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Add the flour mix (3 cups flour whisked well with 1.5 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp salt) in batches to the egg-butter mix, alternating with the milk-banana mix. Mix carefully after each addition taking care not to over beat.

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All done.

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Divide the batter into two 9″ pans.

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Swirl 1/2 cup caramel sauce on top.

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Bake until done, about 40-50 minutes.

Recipe source: The kitchn

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup(~150 gms) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (4-5 large bananas mashed)
  • 1 cup caramel sauce

Method:

  1. Prepare the caramel sauce. Keep aside to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Grease and line two 9″ pans with parchment paper.
  3. Whisk the flour with salt and baking soda and keep aside.
  4. Mix the milk, mashed banana and vanilla in a separate bowl. Whisk well and keep aside.
  5. Cream the softened butter with the two sugars until light and fluffy using a hand/stand mixer.
  6. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat it in.
  7. Add the flour mix in three batches, alternating with the milk-banana mix. Combine until its smooth.
  8. Divide the batter into the two prepared pans. Swirl 1/2 cup caramel into each pan to form patterns.
  9. Bake for about 40-50 minutes or until a skewer comes free of crumb when inserted in the middle of the cake.

Let the cake rest in the pan for 10-15 minutes before taking it out of the pan. upload1

 This post goes to the Blogging Marathon event for April. Its a full month baking theme. Check out the linky below to see what the other bakers have come up with!

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 51

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22 thoughts on “Caramel banana cake

  1. usha says:

    That cake looks heavenly. I am not a big fan of banana but gradually trying to become friends with it, only in cakes & muffins though.

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  2. sizzlingtastebuds says:

    It’s raining caramel today on the BM posts .. Like I mentioned somewhere caramel and me are not so good friends..but that slice of cake just after lunch would be heavenly

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  3. Pavani says:

    I somehow don’t forget that I can’t make caramel and run far far away from caramel based dishes :-) Good for you that the cake turned out good. What can be wrong with banana cake with caramel — nothing. I would hog on this one :-)

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  4. Sandhya Ramakrishnan says:

    You at least forgot that you made caramel and tried it again! I can never forget that I mess up caramel and never make them again :) Seeing all the delicious caramel bakes this marathon, I guess I have to put behind bad memories and start over again!

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