Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Banana and Caramel Cake

I have been a bad blogger, I forgot to announce to the world on Saturday that it was Mat's birthday! And not only was it Mat's birthday but on that very same day it was our 6 year anniversary. Yep six wonderful years together and it feels like it has all just flown by. To celebrate this fantastic day I baked Mat a banana and caramel cake. I actually read through a whole heap of cake descriptions to see his reactions - mostly it was no, no, no - but then a yes! Yes he likes banana cake and so it was made.

Banana Caramel Layer Cake (from The Australian Women's Weekly Classic Cakes)
Makes a 24cm bundt cake
(I made a 6" cake and 12 cupcakes instead)

185g butter, softened
175g caster sugar
3 eggs
335g self-raising flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 1/4 cups mashed banana (I needed 4 bananas)
1/3 cup milk
380g can caramel Top'n'fill (I used half a tin)
3/4 cup thickened cream, whipped
1 large banana sliced thinly (I omitted this)
  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease 24cm bundt pan well (or grease and line a 6" round cake tin, and line a 12-hole muffin tray with cupcake liners).
  2. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  3. Stir in the sifted dry ingredients, mashed banana and milk.
  4. Spread mixture into bundt pan (or cake tin and cupcake liners).
  5. Bake for 40 minutes (took my cupcakes 20 minutes and my 6" cake 30 minutes).
  6. Stand cake in pan for 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool.
  7. Split cake into three layers. Spread bottom layer of cake with half the caramel, top with half the cream then half the banana slices. Repeat next layer. Replace top of cake and dust with icing sugar to serve. (I only split my cake into two layers and I left out the banana slices because I didn't want them to go brown).

Happy birthday and 6 year anniversary Mat - love you!


Kat said...

ooh that cake sounds yummy! My boyfriend and I had our 6 anniversary a week ago too. Happy Anniversary to both of you.

Chantelle {fat mum slim} said...

Happy Birthday Mat.

That looks soooooo good. Is that top n fill any good. I'm scared of it.

Chatterbox said...

Wish you both a very Happy anniversary!!
Happy Birthday Mat!

Wow! what a wonderful cake with double fun and flavors to celebrate the day that has a double scoop of celebration.

Hope you guys have a great time.


mum/toddler/babe said...

Oh. my. goodness!!! That is one of my fave flavour combinations!! I want to make one now. :)

Gala said...

Happy Birthday and congratulations to both of you!!
Look delish!

Anonymous said...

Chantelle - I'll be honest it isn't amazing but when sandwiched with cream and banana cake it is good. If I had more time I would make my own caramel - but I don't, so I won't :P

Rhianne said...

Congratulations - Anniversaries are so exciting :)

Hapoy birthday to Mat as well, I hope he had a great day x

Miss Dot said...

what a sweet wife! that cake sounds delicious :) congratulations. what a fabulous way to ring in many, MANY more years of happiness and togetherness!

Becky said...


And happy anniversary to you both!

Becky said...

oh and I really want the Zombie cupcake thingies to win - hello where's your Halloween spirit ;)

Jelli Bean said...

D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S! I think this cake sounds fabulous! I could use up a lot of my dulce de leche on this one, too!I'm imagining the filling with a bit of added cream cheese lusciousness. Oh, I know my family will like this!!!!

Elissa said...

Happy Birthday Mat!
And Congrats on 6 years together!
The cake looks really good, The Boy loves banana cake so I think I will have to give this one a go.

alissa said...

umm i think this is fate. my husbands birthday is next week and i was trying to think of what to make. his two favorites? banana and carmel!

apparentlyjessy said...

Mmm yum, I love banana cake too! Happy belated Birthday Mat, and congrats on the anniversary as well :)

Levin (and Emily) said...

That cake looks divine!
I got married on my birthday too - it's a nice way to celebrate.
Hope you all enjoyed every lip smacking moment of that cake.

Paris Pastry said...

Yum! Those banana slices in the middle look heavenly!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Happy birthday to Mat and happy anniversary to you!
This cake looks so good - the perfect way to celebrate.

drollgirl said...

well happy anniversary, and happy belated birthday to mat!

and how i would LOVE a slice of this cake right now!!!!

Kaitlin said...

I love your blog! I just found it today, and I am completely smitten! Gorgeous photos :)

This cake sounds divine!

drollgirl said...

yup, we are awesome. leos and dogs rule. FOR REALS. :)

Ingrid said...

Happy Birthday to your honey!

That cake looks awesome! I want one and I don't want to wait for my birthday in July! Now know what I'm baking with next weeks overly ripe 'nanas!

Thanks for sharing and Happy Friday to you!

Chantel said...

Mmm that cake looks yummy. Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday to Mat :)

Kylie @ The Rockgarden said...

This cake looks awesome - two of my very favourite things, banana cake and caramel!
Happy Birthday Mat and Happy Anniversary to both of you!