Banana Cake with Dulce de Leche Topping

This is an easy cake that you can whip up quickly…and if you happen to have a can of dulce de leche in stock that makes it  even more easier.  That’s what I did, I skipped the caramel making and just opened a can of  home-made dulce de leche.   

It’s very easy to make dulce de leche from a can of condensed milk, all you need to do is submerged a can/s of condensed milk, peel the label off of the can first.  Bring it to a boil then lower the heat and just let it simmer, that’s the key, you have to just simmer it to avoid any accidents… and remember to flip the can about three times during the whole cooking process to give it a “stir”.
Back to the cake. The cake is moist and delicious by itself, without any topping/frosting but the dulce de leche is something else,  it makes it yummier :).   Make sure you use a really over-ripe bananas as that’s the best to use. The recipe makes a two-layer cake with caramel frosting, I halved the recipe because I think 2 layers is too much for a family of 4. 

Don’t let over-ripe bananas go to waste..turn it into a delicious banana cake for your love ones! 🙂



adapted from Country Living

2 1/2 cup(s) cake flour
2 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon(s) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
1/2 cup(s) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cup(s) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
1/2 cup(s) buttermilk
1 cup(s) (about 2 bananas) very ripe, mashed bananas

1 can of dulce de leche


Make the batter: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using a small brush, lightly coat two 9-inch cake pans with softened butter or vegetable-oil cooking spray. Dust with flour, tap out any excess, and set aside. Over a surface covered with a large sheet of waxed or parchment paper, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Into a medium bowl, resift the flour mixture and set aside.

In a large bowl, using a mixer set on medium-high speed, beat the butter until light — about 1 minute. Add the sugar and continue to beat for 2 more minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition, and mix in the vanilla. Reduce mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture by thirds, alternating with the buttermilk and bananas and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix just enough to blend the batter after each addition.

Bake the cake: Divide the batter equally between the pans and bake on the middle rack of the oven until a tester inserted into each cake layer comes out clean — 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in the cake pans on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Using a knife, loosen the cake layers from the pan sides and invert the layers onto the wire rack to cool completely.

Top cake with delicious dulce de leche, as much as you one’s gonna stop you 🙂



Thanks for reading and have a nice day!! ♥ 🙂

14 Responses to "Banana Cake with Dulce de Leche Topping"

  1. Pam   March 27, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    just did this recipe in muffin form yesterday… i was reading your blog and coincidentally i had some overripe bananas ..yummy!
    thanks for the recipe!

  2. Joanne   March 27, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Let the drooling begin! This looks absolutely awesome. I love banana-flavored baked goods but you take it to a whole new level with this topping. Amazing.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. After seeing all of the great food you have here, I will definitely be back often!

  3. Rosa   March 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    That cake looks irresistible! I love the topping!



  4. Bridgett   March 25, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    I adore a good banana cake (or dessert for that matter!) but the dulce de leche would have me hooked instantly. What a delicious idea.

  5. tasteofbeirut   March 25, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    That caramel staring at me is very tantalizing; I can’t imagine not wanting a bite then another then another of that yummy-looking cake!

  6. Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes   March 25, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Ooh the cake looks so delicious! I love banana flavored cakes so I will have to give this a try!

  7. Jun   March 25, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Ohhhh…it is delicious 100%….saliva rundown…lol

  8. msmeanie   March 25, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    I LOVE banana cake, banana anything, really. And a dulce de leche topping sounds amazingly good. Great combo!

  9. Mary   March 25, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    What a gorgeous looking cake, Olive. The topping looks especially delicious and I love it when easy and delicious become partners. I really like your blog and will visit often to see what you’ve been making.

  10. Sophie   March 25, 2010 at 10:42 am


    What a marvellous, fabulous looking georgous & divine cake!!!!

    I want a big piece, right about now, Thank you!!!!

  11. anncoo   March 25, 2010 at 8:18 am

    WOW Olive! This looks fantastic. Must try this yummy cake one day.

  12. 5 Star Foodie   March 25, 2010 at 7:22 am

    I love the idea of dulce de leche topping on a scrumptious banana cake! Yum!

  13. Trissa   March 25, 2010 at 4:25 am

    Ooohh look at that lovely dulce de leche topping. I’ve never thought to use it with bananas but it sounds like bananas with caramel but better!

  14. The Little Teochew   March 25, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Yum, indeed! It’s a delicious cake, Olive! With dulce de leche? Heaven. I have to try making dulce de leche. Everyone’s raving about it and here I am, not making it because I am a scaredy-cat.


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