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Banana Cream Cake

Light and fluffy white cake layers with banana cream filling, salted caramel, graham cracker crumbs, and whipped cream.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cake
Keyword: Banana Cream Cake

Ingredients

For the White Cake

  • 1/2 cup (113 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • 3 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.1 g) pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (172.5 g) cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons (8 g) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) salt
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) sour cream, room temperature

For the Banana Cream Filling

  • 1.5 ounces instant banana pudding mix
  • 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) milk
  • 1 1/2 cups (346.5 g) heavy whipping cream

For the Salted Caramel

  • 1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (59.15 g) water
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup (57.75 g) heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon (4.2 g) pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) salt

For the Graham Cracker Crumble

  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) graham cracker crumbs, about 12 rectangular crackers*
  • 1/2 cup (113 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 (1.5 g) teaspoon salt

For the Whipped Cream

  • 1 1/2 cups (346.5 g) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup (62.5 g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (5 g) E-Z Gel

Instructions

  • Instructions

For the White Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a quarter sheet baking pan with nonstick spray, line it with parchment paper and spray again.┬áSet aside.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high until light in color and fluffy in texture, about 3 minutes.
  • With the mixer on medium speed, add the egg whites one at a time, making sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl between each addition. Continue to beat on medium-high speed for about 2 minutes, until smooth. Add the vanilla extract and stir to combine.
  • With the mixer on low speed, add 1/3 of the dry ingredients, followed by half of the buttermilk, 1/3 of the dry ingredients, the second half of the buttermilk and then the final 1/3 of the dry ingredients. Mix just until combined.
  • Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix again for about 20 to 30 seconds.
  • Gently fold in the sour cream.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out with just a few moist crumbs on it.
  • Remove the cake pans from the oven and let the layers cool in pans for 15 minutes before inverting onto cooling racks to cool completely.

For the Banana Cream Pudding

  • In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the pudding mix, sweetened condensed milk and milk and mix until well blended.
  • Transfer the mixture to a shallow dish, cover, and refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours.
  • When the mixture is set, you can prepare the whipping cream.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the heavy whipping cream until medium-stiff peaks form.
  • Fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture.
  • Cover and refrigerate until you're ready to build the cake.

For the Salted Caramel

  • Mix the sugar, water and corn syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Meanwhile, heat the cream in a microwave safe bowl for about a minute.
  • Bring the sugar mixture to a boil, but DO NOT STIR! (Stirring encourages crystallization). Let the mixture cook until it turns to a golden brown/amber┬ácolor. It happens quickly, so keep an eye on it. (Refer to page X to see the steps, color and temperature of caramel)
  • 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.
  • 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 Graham Cracker Crust

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar and salt. Stir until all the graham cracker crumbs are damped by the melted butter.
  • Evenly spread the crumbs on the baking sheet, leaving some larger chunks in the mix.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool before using.

For the Whipped Cream

  • In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the cream, powdered sugar and EZ Gel.
  • Whisk until medium-stiff peaks form.

Assembly

  • Refer to page X in the Cake Class chapter for a step-by-step picture tutorial for stacking cakes like this. The cakes may be different flavors, but the assembly steps are similar.
  • Put a piece of parchment paper on the counter. Invert the cake onto the parchment and peel off the parchment from the bottom of the cake.
  • Use a 6-inch cake ring to cut out 2 circles from the cake and two half circles. The two full circles will be your top 2 cake layers. The two half cake layers and remaining cake scraps will come together to make the bottom layer of the cake.
  • For the first layer, clean the cake ring and place it in the center of a sheet pan lined with clean parchment. Line the cake ring with one strip of acetate.
  • Place the two half circles against the edge of the acetate and fill the gap with the extra cake scraps.
  • Use the back of a spoon to spread one-third of the banana cream pudding in an even layer over the cake.
  • Spread sliced bananas evenly over the pudding (if using).
  • Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the graham cracker crumbs on top of the bananas, followed by a heavy drizzle of the salted caramel.
  • Carefully spread about 1/2 cup of the whipping cream on top.
  • Gently tuck in another strip of the acetate paper between the cake ring and the top quarter inch of the first acetate strip, high enough to support the height of the finished cake.
  • Set a cake round on top of the whipped cream and repeat steps 6-9.
  • Set the final cake layer onto the whipped cream and cover the top of the cake with the remaining banana cream pudding, graham cracker crumbs, caramel, and whipped cream.
  • Transfer the sheet pan to the freezer and freeze for at least 12 hours. About 4-5 hours before you're ready to serve, remove the cake from the freezer and transfer to the refrigerator to finish thawing.
  • Serve chilled.