Banana Chocolate Cake with Dulce De Leche Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Chocolate Cake with Dulce De Leche Cream Cheese Frosting

When life gives you overripe bananas, you know you are having a happy day ahead! I love seeing bananas turn grotesquely black and mushy and squishy. Because that means some overripe goodness is ready for baking.

I took my game a little more serious this time – a banana and chocolate layered cake with dulce de leche cream cheese frosting. I used my go-to banana bread recipe and chocolate devil’s food cake recipe for the cake layers. Oh, how I love the striped pattern! Such a show-stopper! It’s totally delicious to go with simple cream cheese frosting. But I loooooooove dulce de leche! Adding a little of this goodness in the cream cheese frosting not only yields a lovely light golden color to the icing, it also brings out a hint of caramel flavour.

You can easily make your own dulce de leche. Just pour a whole can of sweetened condensed milk into a shallow baking dish. Cover it with aluminium foil. Place the dish into another larger pan. Add hot water until it reaches halfway up the side of the small dish. Bake for an hour at 425F or until the milk becomes browned and caramelized.

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups dulce de leche
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 5 banana slices
  • 1 tablespoon toffee bits
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pecans
Read the whole recipe on Oh Sweet Day!