Though very impressive looking, this warm, comforting cake is easy to make and loved by kids and adults alike.
INGREDIENTS FOR THE CAKE
1-3/4 cups cups all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off with a knife
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup very ripe mashed bananas, from 2-3 spotty bananas
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
FOR THE TOFFEE SAUCE
1-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Sliced perfectly ripe bananas with toffee sauce on top
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour an 8×8-inchbaking dish.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix the melted butter and sugar until blended. Add the eggs, mashed bananas, lemon juice and vanilla extract and mix well.
On low speed, stir in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Do not over mix. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until golden, and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the sauce. Bring the heavy cream, brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt to a boil in a heavy small saucepan over high heat, whisking until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook at a gentle boil, whisking occasionally, until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. It should be the consistency of maple syrup – it will continue to thicken as it cools. Remove the sauce from the heat and cool.
Spoon 1/3 cup of the toffee sauce over top of the baked banana cake. Return the cake to the oven and bake until the sauce is bubbling vigorously, about 6 minutes. Cool the cake in the pan on a rack for at least 30 minutes. Cut the cake into 9 squares or 12 rectangles. Serve the cake slightly warm or at room temperature with warm toffee sauce and top with sliced bananas.
by Avani Pemba Beach Hotel Executive Chef Thapelo Mafatshe – 2019