Bananas Foster Cake


A dense cake filled with a warm banana-rum filling and a sweet creamy buttercream with banana caramel - a rich and sweet dessert with pops of fruity banana.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Cool Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins


Banana Cake

  • cooking spray

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon table salt

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 2 cups mashed banana (from 5 (6 oz.) bananas)

  • 1 cup canola oil

  • ¾ cup plain whole Greek yogurt

  • ¼ cup whole buttermilk

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 large eggs

Salted Banana Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • cup unsalted butter

  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 ½ very ripe bananas, mashed

  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 1 1/2 vanilla beans

  • 4 tablespoons dark rum (such as Meyer’s dark rum), divided

  • 3 ripe bananas, sliced

Caramel Frosting

  • 2 cups unsalted butter, softened

  • 4 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 cup salted banana caramel sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray 3 (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray, and line bottoms with parchment.

  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk together sugar, 2 cups mashed banana, oil, yogurt, buttermilk, vanilla, and eggs in a second bowl until well blended; add to flour mixture and stir just until combined. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans to a wire rack cool completely, about 1 to1 1/2 hours.

    Overhead of a baked cake batter in a cake pan with a toothpick resting on the rim.

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  4. Meanwhile for the caramel sauce, combine sugar, cream, butter, cinnamon and salt in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Whisk in 1 1/2 mashed banana, vanilla bean paste, and 3 tablespoons of the rum and remove from heat.

    Overhead of a caramel sauce being whisked together in a sauce pan.

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  5. Place sliced bananas in a small bowl and drizzle with 4 tablespoons of the caramel sauce and remaining 1 tablespoon rum; toss gently to coat. Cool remaining caramel sauce to room temperature, about 20 minutes.

  6. For the caramel frosting, beat butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed until light in color, about 3 minutes. Gradually add powdered sugar, and beat on medium speed for about 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add 1 cup of the salted banana caramel sauce, and beat on low speed until combined, about 1 minute. Transfer 1 cup frosting to a piping bag fitted with a #12 tip.

    Overhead of a caramel frosting mixture being mixed in a bowl.

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  7. To assemble the cake, place 1 cake layer on a serving plate; spread with 2/3 cup Caramel Frosting. Using the piping bag to pipe a ring of Caramel Frosting around outer edge of cake layer on top of frosting.

  8. Spoon half of sliced banana mixture inside frosting ring and spread evenly. Top with second cake layer.

  9. Spread another 2/3 cup caramel frosting over second layer. Repeat with piping bag to pipe a ring of caramel frosting around outer edge of cake layer on top of frosting.

  10. Spoon remaining sliced banana mixture inside frosting ring and spread evenly. Top with remaining cake layer.

    Unfinished banana cake resting on a serving platter with a bowl of sliced bananas and a pipping bag off to the side.

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  11. Spread remaining frosting on top and sides of cake and smooth.

    Bana cake resting on a serving platter having frosting applied to it with a bowl of frosting off to the side.

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  12. Use piping bag to decorate as desired.

    Banana cake resting on a serving platter being decorated with extra pipping and sliced bananas.

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  13. Slice and serve with remaining 3/4 cup caramel sauce.

    Finished banana cake being drizzled with caramel sauce with a bowl of caramel sauce off to the side.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1160 Calories
61g Fat
151g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 1160
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 61g 78%
Saturated Fat 27g 137%
Cholesterol 143mg 48%
Sodium 544mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 151g 55%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Protein 7g
Potassium 401mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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