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Bananas Foster Cake Recipe

This Bananas Foster Cake has three layers of cinnamon-flavored cake, a caramel cream cheese frosting, and a scrumptious bananas foster topping. This New Orleans-style cake is a real showstopper.

Cake on a cake stand.

 

I saw a Bananas Foster Cake in a Southern Lady magazine and knew I had to try it. I’ve been baking a lot of banana desserts lately including Banana Pudding Bars and Banana Pudding Cupcakes. Maybe because since I entered my 40s last year, I feel like I am going bananas.

Bananas Foster is a delicious dessert created in the famous Brennan’s restaurant in New Orleans in the 1950s. I’ve been looking for an excuse to try this cake version. It consists of a 3-layer cinnamon flavored cake with boat loads of caramel icing and a bananas foster topping.

 

Whether it’s a birthday or holiday celebration, this cake is sure to impress. The cake portion turned out well. It was fairly dense, but not at all dry. If I were to make another Bananas Foster Cake, I would probably add some mashed bananas to the cake part to carry the banana flavor throughout the dessert.

Bananas Foster Cake on cake stand.

The Caramel Icing made a huge amount and while it didn’t have a very strong caramel flavor, it was delicious. I should have spread more icing between the cake layers. I am the worst judge when it comes to using frosting. I’m always worried that I’m going to run out and not have enough to cover the top and sides. I shouldn’t have worried though because in this case the recipe makes what seems like 2 gallons of icing. I ended up with so much frosting on the sides and top, my cake looked a little like a ball!

 

I added a little extra sugar to the icing because I didn’t feel like it was sweet enough. The icing was a little on the thin side in consistency and after I got half way through icing the cake, I popped it in the fridge for a little while to firm it up before I finished the frosting job.

The topping was sinful, supremely sweet and boozy. The recipe calls for both dark rum and praline liqueur, but says to use just rum if you don’t have any praline liqueur. Which I didn’t. But I did have some macadamia nut liqueur which I decided to use since macadamia nuts go so well with bananas.

The topping was my favorite part of the cake and I excitedly piled it high on top of the cake. Which I soon regretted. It started to drip down the edges of the cake and over the side of the cake stand.  🙁 Lots of curse words were said. I must have gone through half a roll of paper towels while I was trying to take pictures. I could not for the life of me get it to stop flowing over the edges and dripping down onto my placemat.

I immediately wished I had not chosen the cake stand with the ribbon around it because now it is completely coated in bananas foster topping. This cake definitely needs to go on a cake stand with a lip around it. Oh well. Live and learn.

 

Slice of cake on a plate.

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Cake on a cake stand.

Bananas Foster Cake

A layered cinnamon-flavored cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Icing and a Bananas Foster Topping.
PREP: 25 mins
COOK: 35 mins
TOTAL: 1 hr
SERVINGS: 18

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk

Caramel Cream Cheese Icing

  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened and divided
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar

Bananas Foster Topping

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 2 tablespoons praline liqueur
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup pecan halves

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter and flour 3 (9-inch) round cake pans.
  • In a large bowl, combine butter and sugar and beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, and stopping to scrape down sides of the bowl. Beat in vanilla.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Add flour mixture to butter mixture, alternating with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  • Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until top of the cake feels firm when gently pressed on. Let cakes cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans and place on wire racks to cool completely.
  • For icing, combine dark brown sugar, whipping cream, and 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar. Let cool completely.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat remaining 1 1/2 cups butter and cream cheese at medium speed until smooth. Add brown sugar mixture and vanilla and beat to combine. Gradually add in confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth.
  • Spread icing between layers and cover top and sides.
  • For topping, melt butter over low heat in a medium skillet. Add brown sugar and cinnamon and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring continuously.
  • Turn heat up to medium and add rum and liqueur and salt. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add bananas and pecans and cook for 1 minute. Let cool before spooning over top of cake.

Notes

This cake should be stored in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories: 912kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: layer cake, Mardi Gras

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Originally published Oct 16, 2013.

Recipe Source: slightly adapted from Southern Lady Magazine

 

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31 thoughts on “Bananas Foster Cake Recipe”

  1. What would you suggest I use if I don’t want to use the 2 liquors in the recipe? I do have a rum extract but 2 tbsps may be far too much. Please reply. Thanks…

  2. Have you tried putting the banana topping as the filling instead of on top? Might be less messy and add moisture and banana flavor as it sits. Could also get soggy. Just a thought…

  3. I want to make this cake for Thanksgiving. Of course I need to make it the day before. Is it ok to make the topping the day before as long as the cake is covered ? It looks DELICIOUS!

  4. Holly Holman

    I want to make this for Thanksgiving – Can I make the topping at home and then put it on a few hours later, when we are ready for desserts?

  5. Jamie Evans

    Ok y’all so I made this cake fore my church and IT WAS AMAZING!!!! Just follow the instructions and your cake will look just like the picture and taste like heaven

  6. It’s a lovely stand even if it is covered in caramel LOL, can you tell me where you bought it?

    1. Christin Mahrlig

      Thank you Barbara. I think I got it at HomeGoods, but it was last year. I love the color of the ribbon 🙂

  7. Jahsiland Hampton

    I love making banana foster sauce! Only difference with mine is i use malibu banana rum and spiced rum like kraken or tattoo, and i set it on fire!!!! i love watching the pan turn blue for a few seconds.

  8. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    Happy birthday to you!! And this is the best cake I’ve seen all week!! I want!

  9. Happy, happy belated birthday, Christin! I hope your brother gets well soon, too. This cake — what a way to celebrate! I’m the same way with frosting – I use it sparingly so that I won’t run out, then I have a bunch leftover. I had to laugh about the topping running all over — that happened with my s’mores cake! I almost didn’t post it as I thought it was a hot mess. That oozing goodness is what draws people in come to find out! Pinning this cake. Good luck cleaning the cake stand.

    1. Christin Mahrlig

      Thank You Marcie! I gave the cake stand a good bath in the sink and set it on a high shelf in the pantry. I’m afraid to take a close look at the ribbon!

  10. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    Happy belated birthday Christin! Hope your brother gets better soon.

    Love this gorgeous cake. It’s the perfect way to celebrate a birthday. Take care.

    1. Christin Mahrlig

      Thank you Anne! I don’t know what’s happening to me as I get older. Used to be I never would have been happy with any cake other than chocolate 🙂

  11. Happy Birthday! Bananas Foster was my grandparent’s favorite dessert….I would love to make this cake for my Grammy’s 80th birthday this January. Looks so moist and delicious and decadent! Thank you for sharing!

  12. Happy belated birthday Christin! This cake looks beautiful and perfect for celebrating any birthday:) I love banana desserts and I can’t stop drooling over that banana foster topping! I do the same thing with my frosting and always have the fear that I won’t have enough left over for frosting the tops and sides too. And fingers crossed your brother gets to go home and feels better:)

    1. Christin Mahrlig

      Thanks for the birthday wishes! And my brother is out of the hospital. Such a relief!

  13. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    Happy belated birthday, Christin! Your cake came out so beautiful! And it looks delish indeed, that topping is calling my name 😉
    I hope your brother gets better soon! x

    1. Christin Mahrlig

      Thank you for the birthday wishes Consuelo! And my brother got out of the hospital today. Happy Day 🙂

  14. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    Happy Birthday, Christin! I hope your brother gets well soon. I love banana desserts and this one sounds like the perfect cake to celebrate your birthday.

  15. Amy @ Elephant Eats

    Happy (belated) Birthday!!! Wow, what a perfect cake to bake yourself. This looks SO GOOD! Haha, I always have issues judging how much frosting I should use too. I love when a recipe says “use 1/3 of the frosting on the layer” or something…although I usually still don’t trust it. I absolutely love bananas foster…especially just served warm with vanilla ice cream. Man, now i’m salivating. I hope your brother gets well soon!

    1. Christin Mahrlig

      I know! I hate when it says 1/3 too. I always look back and forth between the cake and the frosting bowl and think- Ok, how much have I taken out of the bowl!

  16. Shundara@SavyNaturalista

    Happy Birthday! I hope your brother gets better! Beautiful cake for your birthday, mine was last Thursday and we are going out of town this weekend! I am on a banana kick as well! I don’t know what it is but they are so good!! 🙂

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