Banana Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

06.13.2017

Banana Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

Is it almost your birthday? Or let’s go with half birthday or even quarterly birthday because you need to try this epically delicious Banana Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting and there’s no better excuse than for a birthday! This cake is to die for! So much delicious decadence in every bite. What really takes this cake to a new level is the homemade salted caramel sauce. It gives it that over-the-top gourmet touch that will leave everyone craving more. That salted caramel and banana combination were just meant to be. It creates sweet and rich dessert perfection.

Banana Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

Salted caramel has long been one of my favorite treat of mine and what makes it so special really is the salt.

Last December I had the opportunity to attend Morton Salt’s Next Door Chef event in New Orleans along with several other guests. It was such a fun dinner experience where they converted someones home into an actual pop-up restaurant for a day. Acclaimed chef Nina Compton coached a home cook and then this cook prepared an incredible meal for us in which different types of Morton salt were used. At the event we tried a number of inspiring dishes where we could taste how different types of salt transformed each dish, from appetizer and drinks, to side dish, to the main dish and then onto dessert.

Of course, my favorite part of the meal was the Coconut Caramel Budino with Grilled Mangos and Morton Kosher Salt which was served for dessert. I just love the way the salt really highlighted that dessert and it does just the same here!

Banana Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

That dinner was so inspiring. I couldn’t say a negative thing about anything I tried! And part of the main reason it was all so good was that it was properly seasoned with salt. Salt makes a world of difference in everything we cook and bake. It can drastically change the end result. You can try out each of the recipes from the event yourself! I’ve shared more pictures from the event of most of the dishes just below the recipe so be sure to scroll down and check them out. That steak though! Follow the link to Morton to learn more about the event and to check out each recipe.

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Banana Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

Ingredients

  • Banana Cake recipe here (cake portion only)

Caramel sauce

  • 1 cup (210g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 tsp Morton Fine Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) unsalted butter, diced into 1 Tbsp pieces
  • 2/3 cup (160 ml) heavy cream
  • 2 pinches Morton Coarse Sea Salt , for topping

Frosting

  • 3/4 cup (6 oz) unsalted butter
  • 3 cups (360g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce (from above)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts , for garnish (optional)
  • 2 bananas , diced, for topping (optional)
  • Semi-sweet chocolate shavings , for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Prepare banana cake as directed and let cool completely. Meanwhile prepare the caramel sauce.
  2. For the caramel sauce:
  3. Have all caramel ingredients ready. In a medium saucepan combine sugar, water and sea salt. Set over medium-high heat and whisk constantly until it begins to boil, then allow mixture to boil until it turns to a rich amber color, carefully swirling pan occasionally. Immediately whisk in butter then remove from heat and whisk in cream (be careful, it will steam! A long handled whisk is recommend) and stir until smooth. Allow to cool several minutes then pour into a glass bowl or jar and chill caramel until completely cooled.
  4. For the frosting:
  5. Whip butter until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, 1/2 cup of the cooled caramel sauce, sea salt and vanilla. Mix until well combined and slightly fluffy. Chill until it becomes a more firm consistency if needed.
  6. To assemble cake:
  7. Spread about half of the frosting over first layer of cake then drizzle and spread a fair spoonful of the caramel sauce over the frosting. Top with the second layer of cake then add remaining frosting. Just before serving top with the bananas and nuts if using*. Then drizzle over remaining caramel sauce, sprinkle with shaved chocolate and coarse sea salt.
  8. *To slow browning of the bananas if needed, you can soak them in a lemon water solution for about 1 minute. Just add 1 Tbsp lemon juice to about 1 cup of water then dry slightly on paper towels.
  9. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Incredible chef Nina Compton and myself.
Banana Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

Our fabulous dinner menu.

Banana Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

Jerk Boiled Oysters. Delicious flavor btw, and I don’t even like oysters.

Banana Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

Blue Crab Little Gem Nicoise Salad. So, SO good!

Banana Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

Grilled Corn with Chili Butter and Lime Salt. That lime salt though!

Banana Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

Honey Soy Grilled Skirt Steak. Perfectly tender and full of flavor.

Banana Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

Ahh and the Coconut Caramel Budino. Totally smitten.

Banana Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

22 comments

  • Paige: Oh my, this cake looks heavenly! I need this in my life!

    Paige June 13, 2017 at 12:02pm Reply

  • Juliana Ramsey: This dessert looks amazing! I’m so glad that you made this website, and share your delicious recipes! Please make a cookbook and dessert book (whatever those are called;))! I would for sure be the first person to purchase it! June 13, 2017 at 12:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That means a lot Juliana! You’ll be the first to know of my cookbook plans! June 13, 2017 at 12:08pm Reply

      • Juliana Ramsey: Yay! Can’t wait for it to come out some day in the near future hopefully! June 13, 2017 at 8:03pm Reply

  • Mama V @ Snowflakes & Coffeecakes: Agreed! We need your cookbook! June 14, 2017 at 5:58am Reply

  • Anna: Wow! Envious of your dinner…and I need that cake in my life! Your pictures make it look so fabulous. I just made a naked cake with fruit this past Saturday, not sure when I’ll need another but this is the one. June 14, 2017 at 6:09am Reply

  • Laura: This is so beautiful! I’ve been craving banana cake, I’ll try it as soon as I can! June 14, 2017 at 8:30am Reply

  • Monica: I love the icing …Salted Caramel Frosting…I make banana breads and pumpkin bread…favs of my kiddos so next time i will top with the icing….thank you for posting this and your meal with chili butter and lime on corn…i am going to do that this weekend for Fathers Day …the skirt steak never thought of honey and soy…wow!! June 14, 2017 at 10:15am Reply

  • Ben Myhre: That cake looks gorgeous. June 14, 2017 at 12:43pm Reply

  • María: Salted caramel must be the most tasty flavour ever! I can eat an entire pint of Salted caramel Haagen daz ice cream. And i have the feeling that this recipe is another level of sweetness that i need to try <3

    Thanks for sharing June 15, 2017 at 5:16am Reply

  • Abbey: I made this cake, it is so delicious and was a big hit with my coworkers! Thanks so much for sharing. June 19, 2017 at 10:28am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome! So glad it was enjoyed! June 22, 2017 at 10:41am Reply

  • Sonia: Is it my browser acting up or is there no link to the banana cake recipe? Trying to access it but can’t seem to find a link to it anywhere… June 20, 2017 at 4:36am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Should be fixed now. :) June 22, 2017 at 10:39am Reply

  • Cynthia: The link to the cake recipe is not active. Would you post it? June 21, 2017 at 1:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Should be up now. Thanks! June 22, 2017 at 10:27am Reply

  • Mindy: I was going to a family reunion this past weekend and didn’t think a layer cake would travel well. I used your To Die For banana cake (9×13) and then used this frosting, salted caramel sauce, sliced bananas and chopped pecans on top. Everyone loved it and I was asked to bring it back next year! June 21, 2017 at 1:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad it was enjoyed Mindy! June 22, 2017 at 10:28am Reply

  • Kelly Senyei @ Just a Taste: This cake looks absolutely divine, Jaclyn! June 23, 2017 at 4:05pm Reply

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