I’m a big fan of toffee or salted caramel… I’m also a huge fan of pudding cakes, such as my Sticky Date Pudding, that I absolutely heart to the max! Perhaps it’s the sticky and gooey texture that I really enjoy, or that fluffy yet moist cake that acts like a sponge, soaking up all that delicious sauce. Whatever the reason is, this 2 dessert recipes are the ones that I highly recommend you give it a try.
The first time I had this cake was when I was dining at Gorden Ramsay’s restaurant, Bread Street Kitchen. I remembered the first bite I took, it literally took my breath away. I closed my eyes, gathered enough strength in me not to melt away, and whispered a “wow”. I could not get enough of the cake! Although, I have to be honest that I don’t quite fancy the sauce. It was a little too thick, kind of gooey and starchy like in consistency. But the cake was amaze-balls!
So I got home and started researching on sticky banana toffee cake, tried a few. Made a few different sauces to go with it. And here I am. The perfect combination. Try it, and try not to fall in love with it. It is humanly impossible not to.
Sticky Banana Toffee Cake
- 200 g brown sugar
- 200 ml heavy cream
- 50 g butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-3/4 cups 220g all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup 113g unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 3/4 cup 150g sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup 375g very ripe mashed bananas, from 2-3 spotty bananas
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 ripe banana sliced
- Sea salt flakes Fleur de Sel
- Add sugar, butter, cream, and vanilla in a heavy bottom sauce pan on low heat.
- Melt all the ingredients and bring to boil.
- Lower heat and allow sauce to reduce and thicken, about 5 mins.
- Preheat the oven to 175°C.
- Grease a 8-inch baking dish.
- Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix the melted butter and sugar until blended.
- Add the eggs, mashed bananas, lemon juice, and vanilla extract, then mix well.
- Stir in the flour mixture until just incorporated.
- Do not over mix.
- Transfer batter into the prepared pan and bake 35 minutes, until golden brown and skewer inserted comes out clean.
- Spread about 1/3 cup (80ml) of the sauce over top of the baked banana cake.
- Return the cake back into the oven, bake for another 5-6 minutes to get the sauce bubbly.
- Cool the cake in the pan on a rack for at least 30 minutes.
- Slice warm cake into 9 portions, drizzle warm sauce over cake, top with sliced bananas, and a little sprinkle of Fleur de Sel.