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Banana Caramel Biscoff Cake

Yield 1 3-layer 8-inch round cake

Banana Caramel Biscoff Cake.

This Banana Caramel Biscoff Cake is filled with layers of banana caramel cake, Biscoff filling and salted caramel frosting.

Ingredients

For the Caramel Sauce

For the Banana Cake (adapted from Sweetapolita)

For the Biscoff Filling

For the Salted Caramel

Salted Caramel Frosting

Instructions

For the Caramel Sauce

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan over medium-low heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 5 to 10 minutes before pouring into the cake pans.

For the Banana Cake

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray three 8-inch or four 6-inch round cake pans with cooking spray, line with parchment rounds, then spray the parchment. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. Combine the milk and greek yogurt in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, oil, and sugars on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Lower the speed to medium and add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until each is fully incorporated before adding the next (about 30 seconds). Add the vanilla.
  5. With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients alternating with the milk and yogurt mixture into the creamed mixture, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix until just incorporated and remove bowl from stand mixer. Using a large stainless steel whisk, stir/whisk the mashed banana into the mixture--you can use use some strength and blend well, ensuring all of the ingredients are well mixed. (If you don't have a large stainless whisk, you can fold the banana mixture in using a rubber spatula until incorporated.)
  6. Before pouring the batter in the pans, divide the sliced bananas into TWO of the pans, leaving one pan empty. After arranging the banana slices on the bottom of the pan, pour a few tablespoons of the caramel sauce over the bananas, leaving one pan without bananas or caramel sauce.
  7. Once the bananas and caramel sauce are in the pans, divide the batter evenly between the three prepared pans, using a kitchen scale for the best accuracy. (For this recipe, you'll have about 1.4 lbs of batter in each pan). 
  8. Carefully smooth the batter with small offset palette knife, and bake until a toothpick or skewer comes out clean, about 28 to 33 minutes. The cake layer without the bananas and sauce will take less time to cook. I took this layer out of the oven at 28 minutes. The two layers with bananas and sauce took 33 minutes to cook. 
  9. Let pans cool on wire rack for 10 minutes, then invert cakes onto racks, gently, peeling away parchment rounds. Let cool completely. 
  10. When the cakes are completely cooled, level the one cake layer that doesn't have bananas and sauce on it. Using a pastry brush, soak the cake with the remaining caramel sauce.
  11. The cake layers can be made up to a week in advance, but I just making this cake as close to serving time as possible to keep the bananas looking fresh. If you plan to make it in advance, cover each cake layer with two layers of plastic wrap. When you're ready to frost your cake, take the cake layers out of the freezer an hour before you decorate.

For the Biscoff Filling

For the Salted Caramel

  1. Mix the sugar, water and corn syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring the mixture to boil, but DO NOT STIR! (Stirring encourages crystallization). Let the mixture cook until it turns to a golden brown/amber color. It happens quickly, so keep an eye on it.
  3. Remove the caramelized sugar syrup from the heat and very slowly stir in the cream, pouring it in little by little, to temper the cream and sugar syrup. If you pour it in all at once, your sugar will turn into hard candy. You can start adding more and more as you go along.
  4. Once the cream is mixed in, add the salt and vanilla. Stir to combine and then set aside to cool to room temperature before using.    

For the Salted Caramel Frosting

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  2. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the powdered sugar followed by 1/2 cup of the salted caramel.
  3. Turn the mixer to medium-high and beat the frosting for about 5 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  4. Before spreading, use a wooden spoon to beat for a couple minutes to get air pockets out of frosting.

Assembly

  1. On a cake plate or cake board, place one of the banana-lined cake layers on top. Spread half of the Biscoff filling on top of the cake layer. Because this cake layer isn't leveled, you'll need to get eye level with the cake to make sure you're spreading the filling as evenly as possible. You want the filling to be level even though the cake layer may be a little domed.
  2. Top the filling with three crushed Biscoff cookies and a couple tablespoons salted caramel.
  3. Place the second banana-lined cake on top of the cookies and caramel sauce. Spread the remaining Biscoff filling evenly over the cake layer, followed by the remaining crushed cookies and some more salted caramel sauce.
  4. Place the final cake layer top side down (the side with the caramel soak). Cover the entire cake with a thin layer of salted caramel frosting to lock in the crumbs. Freeze the cake for 10 minutes.
  5. Once the crumb coat is set, continue to frost the cake with the remaining caramel frosting. 

Recipe by Cake by Courtney at https://cakebycourtney.com/banana-caramel-biscoff-cake/