Feb 17, 2011

Banana Pudding Cake

So let's see. Bananas, whipped cream, toffeed vanilla wafers...is there something not to love here? I think not. Basically this is a jacked up delicious, moist banana bread with vanilla whipped cream on top and vanilla wafers that have been coated in homemade toffee. Um, hello...you are my new best friend.

The cake is dense and super moist, topped with vanilla bean whipped cream. On top of that are little bites of amazingly flavorful vanilla wafers that have been coated in a brown sugar mixture to make a toffee and then baked until crisp. You had me at toffee. (And I didn't know how easy it was to make a toffee sauce at home!)

This cakes comes together very quickly and is baked in a springform pan for easy removal. Just spread the whipped cream on the top, sprinkle with the vanilla wafers and you have a very impressive and tasty dessert! Or breakfast. ;)

Banana Pudding Cake
adapted from Sugar Plum Blog

For the cake:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large bananas, ripened and mashed
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 large egg yolks
3/4 cup buttermilk

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter and flour the bottoms and sides of a 9-inch springform pan.
2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter, oil, sugar, and banana on medium speed until creamy, 1-2 minutes. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla until well combined. Reduce mixer to low and slowly add in flour mixtures, alternating with the buttermilk, until well combined. Scrape down sides as necessary.
4. Place springform pan on a foiled lined baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes, until well risen and golden brown. A tester should come out with only a few crumbs attached. Cool completely on a wire rack.

For the vanilla wafer toffee:
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
1/8 tsp. salt
1 1/3 cups coarsely chopped vanilla wafer cookies

1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the brown sugar, heavy cream, and salt. Bring to a boil, whisking frequently. Continue cooking and whisking for about 2 minutes, until sugar is dissolved.
2. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla wafers until well coated. Scatter cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly.
3. Remove parchment with cookies on it from pan to cool before breaking into smaller pieces.

For the Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tbsp. powdered sugar, more or less to taste
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the whisk attachment, beat cream, sugar, vanilla, and vanilla beans scraped from pod together until stiff peaks form. Frost as desired.

To assemble the cake, remove from springform pan and pipe or spread the whipped cream over the cake. Sprinkle vanilla wafer toffee over top of the cake.


Dani said...

I looooove banana pudding, so this one definitely caught my eye! It looks/sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to give it a try!

Dani said...

I looooove banana pudding, so this one definitely caught my eye! It looks/sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to give it a try!

Dani @ Cloud 8½ said...

I'm going to make this for my father's birthday tomorrow! We're having dinner at my sister's home about an hour's drive from my own. Will the whipped cream hold up, or should I wait to make & frost it when I get there?

goodthymes said...

We ate this for several days after I baked it and I'm sure that it sat out for awhile on one of those occasions.  I think that it will be fine as long as it's well chilled and sturdy before you get into the car but if you feel better about it you could make the whipped cream, store it in a container and frost it when you arrive.  If you want to be on the very safe side and it's not a big hassle, you could just make it when you get there.  Basically, whatever makes you most comfortable should be fine!

Happy birthday to your dad!

booger said...

i love this recipie

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