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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Banana Sheet Cake with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting


   I know, I know... always with the banana recipes.  You guys, I can't help it!  I am not sure if you are thanking me or cursing me, so I choose to think you are loving this crazy banana baked good roller coaster.  Here's what happened.  Jax went on a banana bender.  He HAD to have one every night before bed for a couple of weeks running.  Our supply was dwindling quickly, so I bought another bunch and then the bedtime banana ritual stopped as quickly as it started.  You never know with this kid.  So the banana sat. And ripened. And ripened. And sat.  Until there was only one thing to do, BAKE! Boo hoo!


   But if you are supposed to make lemonade out of life's lemons, I figure you should make banana cake out of life's overripe bananas too.  It only seems right.  We had dinner planned at K.C. and Collin's on Friday, so I offered to bring dessert.  We loved the combo and banana and caramel on Di's Banana Cake.  So, I thought I would switch it up a bit.



    I love sheet cakes.  They are so easy to put together.  They can be cut into teeny tiny squares for the strange people who "don't really like sweets." What does that even mean?!  Or great big giant bars for those of us who practice portion control by only having one piece, no matter the size.

    Now let's get to the frosting.  MMMMM, frosting!  Of course, one of my favorite parts of any cake.  I wanted the creamy feeling of cream cheese mixed with a rich caramel flavor.  This frosting is still a bit warm when you spread it, so it goes on super smooth and then it sets up a bit as it cools.  You can certainly adjust how salty you would like your salted caramel.  I'd suggest you put at least a quarter teaspoon in for balance.  I went full boor and put almost the full teaspoon in.  Then for added affect, I sprinkled a couple of grains of super coarse sea salt on a few pieces as I served them.  It added a little crunch an that pop of salty sweet flavor.  So fun!
 


Banana Sheet Cake with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
make one 12x18x1 sheet cake

Ingredients:

Cake:
2/3 cup milk
1 tsp vinegar
1 2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
3 large bananas, very ripe
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups flour

Frosting:

4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup whole milk
1 tsp salt
1 T vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and spray a half sheet pan (I used this one)
  2. Mix milk and vinegar, set aside
  3. In mixer bowl, cream butter and sugar.  Add bananas, eggs & vanilla and mix until smooth.
  4. Stir dry ingredients into banana mixture.  Add milk mixture and stir until just combined.
  5. Spread in prepared sheet pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, rotating half way through bake time.  Remove from oven and set aside to cool before frosting.
  6. Once cake is cooled, start on the frosting.  Place the cream cheese in the bowl of your mixer and cream in for a minute or so to get it soft and smooth.
  7. In a small saucepan, melt butter.  Add brown sugar, milk and salt and cook over medium heat until the sugar is fully dissolved, about two minutes.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  9. Transfer to mixer bowl and beat on medium speed until the cream cheese is completely incorporated.
  10. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth.  Spread over cake and then refrigerate for at least a half hour to set. 
This recipe is shared at Meal Plan Monday!

66 comments:

  1. Did someone say salted caramel and bananas? Yum Yum Yum! I make a cream cheese frosting banana bar but just the thought of the salt and Carmel flavor in these makes me know I have to make them as soon as possible!

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    1. Mmm! I love cream cheese frosting and banana baked goods too! It is fun having a good variety of things to make as I seem to find myself with a fair number of overripe bananas.

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  2. I am so gonna try this! I have a favorite recipe for pineapple sheet cake and its a family favorite--this is really similar, and perfect for those ripe bananas!

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    1. Now I really want to make a pineapple sheet cake. That is one I haven't tried yet! Would you share the recipe?

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  3. This looks incredible! I will definitely have to try this recipe.

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  4. Frosting sound so delicious and banana cake is very moist.

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    1. Bananas do have a way of keeping baked goods nice and moist!

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  5. That looks delicious! I love banana, but have never tried it with caramel. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. They go really well together, I hope you give it a try!

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  6. STOP IT! This look a-mazing!!! You totally had me at salted caramel cream cheese frosting. I mean, WHO could possibly resist this?

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    1. Thank you! I certainly couldn't resist, I had more than my fair share!

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  7. Right now I have a nice collection of overripe gross bananas in the freezer... I hate bananas but my hubby would scarf this cake down in a day!

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    1. Ha! It is funny how you either love them or hate them! I think they are ok as fruit but delicious as desserts!

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  8. I need to make this right now. With tea or coffee in the morning, YUM!

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    1. Mmmm, it would be perfect with your morning coffee!

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  9. This is one of my favorite flavor combos. Oh man, didn't even think about them in a cake together.

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    1. Your life may never be the same! ;-)

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    1. I know, I ate way too much and thinking of it still makes me weak in the knees!

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  11. I love banana cake, but that frosting sounds ah-mazing!

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  12. These look so good! Somehow I've never combined the flavors of caramel with banana, but that sounds heavenly! Trying these out soon! :)

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    1. Thank you! They really are amazing together, I hope you love it!

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  13. I totally see a great dessert for the Bunco ladies. I love finding something new and fresh, that no one's ever made before :) (found you on WAYWOW).

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    1. I am sure it will be a hit! Thank you!

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  14. Banana cake is one of my favorite cakes. And the salted caramel frosting sounds soooo good with it! Stumbled your post.

    Andrea
    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

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    1. Thank you! We have really been into banana cakes and muffins lately too. They are so darn versatile! And of course the caramel only makes it better!

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  15. oh my goodness this cake sounds fabulous! i am going to have to make this soon.

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  16. This looks delicious! I love all things banana and with caramel? An extra bonus. I love sheet cakes, too. They are much easier than the real deal!

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    1. Aren't they though? No muss, no fuss and delicious to boot! Thank you!

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  17. Hi Carlee, now this is a recipe I can make. Bananas and caramel are a match made in heaven. In the summer bananas ripen very quickly here, so I pop them in the freezer until I want them for baking, making ice cream or adding to a smoothie.

    Definitely a Friday treat bake!

    xx

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    1. Maybe that's what it is, the warmer weather is making them ripen faster. It seems sometimes they can sit for forever and be fine and other times they are mush in a few days. Mine rarely have a chance to make it to the freezer, I am too excited to bake with them!

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  18. Salted caramel cream cheese frosting?!? That sounds so amaizing. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, it really is pretty amazing!

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  19. I am loving this combination of flavors with the banana and caramel. Genius Carlee! And sheet cakes are one of my favorite cakes to make. So easy to just throw into one big pan. :-D

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    1. Thanks, Michele! I love them too, they are so easy and great for a crowd!

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  20. This looks heavenly! Love the addition of the course salt on top!

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    1. Thank you! It was definitely a hit!

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  21. Bananas and caramel?! Yum!! Thanks for sharing with us at The Wednesday Showcase!

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    1. They are a match made in heaven! Thanks!

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  22. I would love to have a slice of this cake right now, it looks so good! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Come on up, I'd love to share with you!

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  23. These look so yummy, Carlee! Thanks so much for sharing <3

    Blessings,
    
Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you so much, it was wonderful!

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  24. I love bananas foster, and this looks like it would be really similar, but unique and different. I eat a banana every morning, but I'm sure I could substitute this, lol, it's got bananas, right? And salted caramel? I'm in love! Cut my piece BIG!

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    1. It would definitely be an acceptable breakfast... there is fruit and dairy in it after all!

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  25. That frosting is such a nic twist on this cake!This would be so perfect for a potluck

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    1. The cake and frosting are so good together and sheet cakes are so perfect for sharing. Thanks!

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  26. Banana cake is good but you took yours over the top with the salted caramel frosting.

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    1. The banana and caramel are so good together, thank you!

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  27. Love this cake. Great new twist on an old favorite. Pinned and shared.

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  28. Delicious! I've never had a banana cake before!

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    1. You are really missing out!! You have to give it a try!

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  29. This sounds so amazing!! What a yummy dessert! :)

    I would love for you to add this to my Recipes and Crafts Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  30. This sounds delicious! I love the idea of the salted caramel frosting! Thanks, as always, for linking up to the Country Fair Blog Party!

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    1. It is really good and so easy! Thanks for hosting. I love going to the fair!

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