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Caramel Banana Cake

Warm, buttery, caramelly, sweet. . .and loaded with rich banana flavor. This Caramel Banana Cake is absolutely perfect all year ’round!

I’m on a kick, making cakes that start in a skillet. If you followed my Apple Spice Skillet Cake post, you know how easy it is. This yummy Caramel Banana Cake starts in a skillet but doesn’t end there. It starts out looking like bananas foster and ends up tasting like the yummiest caramel-y thing you ever put in your mouth!

Grab that skillet, y’all!

You’re gonna need it! There’s something so satisfying about watching sugar morph into caramel and that’s exactly where this story begins. You’ll have the joy of watching this transformation–from beginning to end.

But first, let’s talk about what you’ll need to make my Caramel Banana Cake. It looks complicated but it’s really one of the simplest cakes you’ll ever make! No, really. I promise!

INGREDIENTS:

Oh boy! It’s a banana/walnut extravaganza!

What you’ll need for the cake:

  • Yellow (or butter golden) cake mix
  • water
  • oil
  • eggs

What you’ll need for the banana filling:

  • sugar
  • butter
  • bananas
  • walnuts

How to make my Caramel Banana Cake:

Ooooh yum!

Warning before we begin…

There’s something incredibly satisfying about this process, y’all! I just kept staring into that skillet, watching the colors and textures change. And trust me when I say it was all I could do not to eat the caramalized bananas before stirring them into the cake mix! But, I resisted!

Here we go!

Place granulated sugar in saucepan over medium heat (stirring constantly) until it dissolves and turns a beautiful amber color.

Magic! Sugar becomes caramel, just like that!

Add the stick of butter and stir. You’ve just made caramel, y’all!

Add bananas and stir. Simmer for a couple of minutes.

Those colors!

Stir in the walnuts and set the filling aside to cool.

Oh, man. I want to eat the whole pan!!!

PREPARE THE CAKE MIX:

In a separate bowl mix together the cake mix, oil, water, and eggs. Beat until smooth.

Incorporate the banana filling.

Let’s start mixing!

Stir until well mixed.

Fully incorporate!

Place in a prepared (sprayed/floured) bundt pan and bake at 350 degree for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown (and springs to the touch).

Baking times may vary.

Baking times may very, depending on pan and oven.

Allow to cool, then flip out of pan.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Heavens to Betsy, that looks good!

Slice and serve!

I really don’t know how to describe this cake…

…except to say that it’s got the most wonderful nutty, caramel-y taste. The caramelized bananas result in a rich, warm sensation that you just don’t get in a typical banana cake. And even though I’m on a diet, I “might have” had a slice. (Hey, don’t worry! I added up the Weight Watchers points!)

VARIATIONS ON THIS CAKE:

You could add to this recipe with:

  • chocolate chips
  • caramel chips

You could make this cake using other fruits. Some options might include:

  • Apples
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Coconut

You could top this cake with:

  • drizzled caramel
  • drizzled chocolate
  • powdered sugar glaze
  • royal icing glaze

How to store my Caramel Banana Cake:

  • This will stay fresh unrefrigerated for 3-4 days.
  • Keep in fridge for a week.
  • Freeze (tightly wrapped) for up to 2 months. (Thaw to serve)
  • NOTE: I cut my cake in advance and individually wrapped the slices in press ‘n seal to share with friends the next day.

Let me Know Your Thoughts!

If you try this banana cake recipe, please post your comments below!

Looking for another warm/winter cake option? Why not try my Cookie Butter Cupcakes? They’re unlike anything you’ve ever had, I promise!

If you’re loving the idea of banana cake but you’re counting calories, don’t fret! I have a healthier option for you with my Healthy Cinnamon Apple Muffins. They’re loaded with banana, too!

And y’all…

If you’re looking for a bigger challenge, check out my How to Tier a Cake post!

Caramel Banana Cake

Caramel Banana Cake

Yield: 15
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Warm, buttery, caramel-ly, loaded with bananas. Really hits the spot!

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • 1 yellow (or golden butter) cake mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Place granulated sugar in saucepan over medium heat (stirring constantly) until it dissolves and forms caramel.
  2. Add the stick of butter and stir.
  3. Add bananas and stir. Simmer for a couple of minutes.
  4. Stir in the walnuts and set the filling aside to cool.

PREPARE THE CAKE MIX:

In a separte bowl mix together the cake mix, oil, water, and eggs. Beat until smooth. Incorporate the banana filling and stir until well mixed. Place in a prepared (sprayed/floured) bundt pan and bake at 350 degree for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown (and springs to the touch). Baking times may very, depending on pan and oven.

Gina DeMarco

Tuesday 23rd of August 2022

I found your website by accident (a very GOOD accident I must say!) I just made this cake and it is absolutely delicious!! I did add a tablespoon of banana extract and a teaspoon of butter extract bc I just love the flavors. This cake is moist and banana-y if that's even a word lolol. Thank you very much!!

booksbyjanice

Tuesday 23rd of August 2022

You're so welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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