Banana Caramel Cake

We thought this week was going to be a bit calmer, but we were wrong. I haven’t had time to bake, sad, but here is a great cake recipe from, Essence Of Chocolate: Recipes for Baking and Cooking with Fine Chocolate. If you are a chocolate lover make sure you check this book out!

I have made this Banana Caramel cake several times and everyone loves it. The cake is gooey and oh so sweet!! You can’t go wrong with bananas, chocolate, and caramel!

Adapted from
Essence of Chocolate: Recipes for Baking and Cooking with Fine Chocolate by Robert Steinberg and John Scharffenberger.

For the cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. cloves
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-¼ cups vegetable oil (or canola oil as in the original recipe)
  • 1-¾ cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 3 oz. chocolate (I used a 65% chocolate), broken into small pieces (size of chips)
  • 3 ripe bananas, diced

For the caramel:

  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. whole milk
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  1. Butter and flour a tube pan or a bundt pan that can hold 12 cups.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt and baking soda).
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the eggs, oil and sugar. With the paddle attachment, mix on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure that the sugar has been incorporated.
  6. Add the vanilla extract and mix for another 30 seconds.
  7. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients a bit at a time. Scrape down the sides of the bowl every now and then to ensure everything is incorporated.
  8. Once the dry ingredients have been added, remove the bowl from the stand mixer and add the pecans, chocolate and bananas. Gently fold them in with a spatula or a wooden spoon. Don’t over mix.
  9. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 50 minutes and then test the cake to see if it’s done by poking a toothpick or cake tester into the centre of the cake. If it comes out clean, it’s done. If not, bake the cake for another 5 to 10 minutes. In my oven, this cake took 55 minutes.
  10. About 5 to 10 minutes before the cake is done, make the caramel by combining all the ingredients in a small pan. Bring to the boil and stir occasionally to ensure that it doesn’t burn. Let it boil for about 5 minutes and then turn off the heat.
  11. Once the cake is out of the oven, poke holes all over the cake with a skewer. Immediately pour the caramel over the cake, stopping every now and then to let the caramel sink in. If the caramel pools in spots, poke more holes to allow it to sink in.
  12. Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack. Once it’s cool, loosen the cake from the sides of the pan and then unmold it onto a plate.
  13. Enjoy!
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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Holy stinking cow. I get fat just from reading your blog. that looks amazing. How do you 2 stay so thin?

  2. Yeah?! How do you guys stay so skinny with all that cookin’ & bakin’? This recipe sounds heavenly. I should try this for a FHE treat or something. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Ha! This is perfect. I have exactly three ripe bananas I need to use up today. So that’s a really good excuse to make this right now, isn’t it? Isn’t it?

  4. I made this for my boyfriend and his housemates and it was a hit! So moist and delicious 🙂 I was a bit lazy and didn’t make my own caramel, will definitely do that next time. This is definitely my new favourite – banana and caramel, 2 of my favourite ingredients.

  5. Do you think it would be ok to use a gluten-free all purpose flour, using garbanzo flour and such?