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Banana Foster Cake
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Bananas Foster Cake

A layered cinnamon-flavored cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Icing and a Bananas Foster Topping.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour



  • 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


  • 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.