Bananas Foster Layer Cake
This Bananas Foster Layer Cake is a delicious combination of the wonderful flavors of banana foster. The soft cinnamon cake, the rum fosters sauce, the bananas, the rum fosters icing – it all comes together to make an amazing cake!
Well, we had a lovely weekend. One of the things that stuck out in my mind a lot after the blog conference I went to last weekend was that I need to make more time for myself to relax and recharge a bit. Between working full time and all the work that goes into this blog, it’s hard. It’s so much easier said than done, but I’m making a big effort.
First of all, the hubs got his notice that he will officially become a citizen Wednesday morning. YAY!!! We will be submitting his paperwork for his passport later that day. 🙂
Then, the weather here was absolutely beautiful all weekend. Both days, we put Jessie in the car and drove over to the Greenway. It’s basically a big long boardwalk/path that goes through the woods in our area. It goes for miles and miles. We went on nice walks and enjoyed the warmth and outdoors.
We actually wanted to go to another park yesterday, but sadly it seems that the majority of parks in our area don’t allow dogs. We aren’t too far from Lake Lanier and every park we’ve looked at around there has a policy against dogs. It’s pretty frustrating, because we love to take Jessie to new parks with new smells and things for her to explore.
Oh well. At least we have the greenway.
There’s a lot of water around part of it near us. Some of it is standing water, and you hear frogs like crazy, and other parts are moving streams. There’s one spot where we let Jessie go into the water a little bit. She stays on the least, but walks in and runs around a little. She doesn’t actually like water, but she seems to like that water. It mostly just covers her paws.
It’s funny though, because she’ll walk into the water and walk around a bit. Then it’s like she all of a sudden realizes she’s in water, freaks out, and runs out onto the bank and looks at you all wide-eyed. Then she runs back in and does it all again. It’s the cutest thing.
Other than that, we didn’t do much. We purposely tried to relax and stay at home a little more this weekend after being gone two weekends in a row. We just enjoyed being home.
Of course there was some baking, photo taking and general blogging stuff thrown in there. But I mostly just got caught up after being gone so much. It was quite nice.
And I couldn’t wait to share this cake with you. It is a bananas foster dessert at its finest.
Surely you guys know by now that I love cinnamon. I’m pretty sure I’ve said it here about 5,462 times. It’s a weakness. When you throw in bananas and rum, you might as well stick a fork in me – I’m done. I can’t say no.
The cake layers are actually a cinnamon version of a vanilla cake I’ve made several times over the last few years. It’s a wonderfully moist and light cake. So soft. And it gets even better after you’ve frosted it. Seriously yum.
I will tell you though – it doesn’t work well as cupcakes. Sadly, the cupcakes actually separate from the liners when they cool. I know, bummer. But it’s nice when you’re making a cake – it doesn’t stick to the sides of the pan. I’d still recommend greasing the pan though,just in case.
Obviously the fosters sauce is one of the most important parts of this cake. Omg, the fosters sauce. I could drink it with a straw. And it could not be more fun to make.
Of course, every time I make it the hubs worries I’m going to burn the house down. If you haven’t made fosters sauce before, after you add the rum, you light it on fire. It makes me feel like one of the guys that cooks in front of you at the Japanese restaurants. I feel so fancy. 🙂
You do need to be careful though. It is fire, after all.
The fosters sauce is used in the icing, on top of the cake, and on the cake layers – it soaks right into them. It all ensures that you don’t miss the fosters in this bananas foster layer cake.
And then the bananas. Of course. Love those suckers too. They are in between the layers of cake. You’ll need to have an edge of icing around the edge of the cake when you add the bananas (known as a dam). It holds the bananas in place so that they don’t start poking out of the sides of the cake. Very important. You can add as many bananas as you want, really, but too many and the cake might slide around a bit.
The icing is flavored with the fosters sauce and is to.die.for. You’ll fill in blank space around the bananas with some of the icing to help the next cake layer have something to grab onto and stay in place. Bananas are slippery little things.
The whole cake, after being iced, is topped with more bananas and a drizzle of fosters sauce. I used banana chips on the outside so that they didn’t get brown and gross looking, but go with your preference.
Either way, this cake is a stunner and is absolutely to die for. Heaven in cake form. You have to try it.
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Bananas Foster Layer Cake
- Yield: 12-14 Slices 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
- 1 1/2 cups salted butter
- 2 1/3 cups sugar
- 3 egg whites
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 cups cake flour
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 1/2 cup salted butter
- 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
- 1/4 cup dark rum
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2–3 large bananas, sliced
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup shortening
- 8 cups powdered sugar
- fosters sauce, from sauce made above
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 4 tbsp water
TO MAKE CAKE LAYERS:
TO MAKE FOSTERS SAUCE:
TO PREPARE BANANAS:
TO MAKE ICING:
TO PUT THE CAKE TOGETHER: