Banana Cake with Maple Caramel Sauce


Banana Cake with Maple Caramel Frosting©Rhonda Adkins 2013

This past week has been all about catch up.  It’s great to take some time off and travel but many things build up while your gone.  This week has seemed like an endless array of laundry, email and yard work.  The weeds, gah, they seemed to be prolific…how do they know when the cats away?

We’ve had so much to do and not just from being gone but also from a myriad of procrastination.  The garages, the house, paperwork…it just doesn’t seem to end.  No matter how much time we put into maintenance and projects, it seems like nothing gets finished.

We even skipped going to the cabin this weekend, so much got done and yet I feel the heavy weight of things not done.  The list of to-do’s is infinitesimally longer than the time allotted.  I’m still waiting for that magic wand that I can wave and get everything done and relax without guilt.

Speaking of catch up, I needed to post something on the blog and didn’t have anything particular in the hopper.  I dug around my photos and landed on this Banana Cake with Maple Caramel Sauce.  I made and photographed it in February, a time when I must have had been busy cooking and photographing and not running around like the proverbial chicken with it’s head cut off.

I made it for one of our Great Falls Camera Club meetings and it was received with rave reviews.  It was cake and banana bread rolled into one and then topped with a decadent maple caramel sauce.  I can’t  believe that it got pushed back into the archives.

In the spirit of catching up, I’m posting this decadent cake that I made from an indulgent splurge on a Donna Hay Magazine.  At $10 a magazine; it felt more like buying a cookbook, but the photography inspires me and after making this cake and hearing the yum, yums from the club members,  it made it worth it.

Banana Cake with Caramel Frosting©Rhonda Adkins 2013

After spending the last 7 days trying to catch up, I’m still behind but this too shall pass, right? Right?

I guess I should look on the positive side, I’m never bored!  And all work and no play makes for a boring Kitchen Witch.  Although I don’t think I’ll catch up this week with two articles due, photo judging for our fair, my dog having a tooth pulled, a doctor’s appointment, teaching a cooking class, minutes from my last board meeting to do, a house to clean, gardening, my Downtown Chicks meeting and living life, I’ll probably barely keep my head over water…

Life is good and I’m living it to the fullest, albeit sometimes a little too full.

I hope you all are living your life to the fullest but not too full to stop and eat a piece of Banana Cake with Maple Caramel Sauce.


Banana Cake with Maple Caramel Sauce
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
  1. 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  7. 1 teaspoon gound cinnamon
  8. 3/4 cup sour cream
  9. 1 1/2 cups mashed banana (approximatly 3 or 4 bananas)
Caramel Icing
  1. 3 1/2 ounces unsalted butter
  2. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  4. 1 cup heavy cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In an electric mixer, beat butter and sugars for 8 to 10 minutes or until pale and creamy. Slowly add eggs and beat well. On low speed gently mix in the flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Add the sour cream and mashed bananas, stir to combine.
  3. Pour batter into a greased bundt pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until done (test with a cake tester or wooden pick, it should come out clean). Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rake to finish cooling.
  4. To make the icing, add the butter, brown sugar, syrup and cream to a saucepan. Cook over medium heat stirring until the sugar dissolves. Turn the heat up and bring the mixture to a boil, continue cooking on a low boil for 12 to 15 minutes or until thickened. Cool to room temperature before pouring over the cake.
Adapted from Donna Hay Magazine Issue 65
Adapted from Donna Hay Magazine Issue 65
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9 Responses to Banana Cake with Maple Caramel Sauce

  1. Debra July 22, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    As school draws closer and closer, I realize everything that didn’t get done. Now I am full tilt painting, cleaning, etc. Where does the time go?

    • Debra July 25, 2013 at 8:52 am #

      Hey, I just figured out who Donna Hay was. 🙂 In fact, I saw one of her cookbooks on the “bargain” rack at Anthropologie.

      • Giggles July 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

        I love the photography in her magazine, makes me swoon!

  2. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) July 23, 2013 at 6:16 am #

    I occasionally indulge in those “cookbook” magazine issues as well–and always, always feel guilty about it. But then I realize it was totally worth it in the end.

    Your banana cake sounds wonderful! Love the addition of caramel sauce. Definitely need to do this ASAP 🙂

    • Giggles July 23, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

      Laura, of course this could be made into muffins if you got some Housewives to watch 😉

  3. Laurie July 23, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    This sounds fabulous! I’ve got 4 bananas just screaming to be made into this cake tonight!

    • Giggles July 23, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

      That’s exactly why I decided to make this cake, bananas ready to be mashed and cooked. It’s a nice change from banana bread.

  4. Karen July 23, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Seems like the more you do, the more there is to do! Ugh. I could probably drink that sauce straight from the pitcher!

  5. Janice July 23, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    Great photos. What a wonderful combination of flavors: banana, maple, caramel. . .delish.