Banana Sheet Cake with Caramel Icing

I love this marvelous Banana Sheet Cake with Caramel Icing! In fact, it is really one of my favorites–but then, next to homemade pies, cakes are my favorite dessert. That’s because I love icing. Yum. This lovely banana cake starts with a boxed yellow cake mix. My favorite ones to use are the butter recipe cake mixes. They seem to have more flavor than regular yellow or white cake mixes. This recipe also uses either vanilla or banana cream pudding and pie filling mix. I used the banana cream to amp up the banana flavors in this luscious cake, but I’ve used vanilla pudding mix, too, with great success. It’s really the icing that sets this cake apart. You bring butter, brown sugar and milk to a boil, add powdered sugar and vanilla and pour it over top of the cake. It’s thick like carmel and sets after it cools. Seriously, the icing is to die for.

I’m a sweet tooth girl from way back since my mom never served a lunch or dinner meal without dessert of some kind (not fruit!). Even though I was as skinny as a rail growing up (from so much exercise and playing outside), it wasn’t because I had a particularly good diet. The lunches my mom made us every day for school (for years) consisted mostly of Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, homemade cookies and Fritos or potato chips. Ugh. Breakfast for YEARS was Cocoa Puffs! I’m not kidding. This was back in the days when there was not access to fresh or even frozen foods like they are available today. It is a miracle I’m still alive! But after moving away from home I started eating more sensibly–for the most part.

That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy delicious desserts every now and then. Back in the early 2000s when I was working at Dallas Baptist University, our department was making a large lunch celebration one day, and this fabulous cake was on the menu. Jennifer Craig made it along with her Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe. Both of the recipes went over big for all the people who participated in that special meal. The cake recipe was so popular she brought a copy of the recipe, made photocopies and started handing out the recipe to everyone. It was that good, and that highly requested!

When I served Banana Sheet Cake with Caramel Icing to a houseful of company a week ago, one of the teenagers loved it so much, he wanted to take some home with him! Fortunately, he got several slices because we served three different desserts that day, so there were leftovers from each one. I usually serve this sensational cake with ice cream, although you can add more caramel sauce if you desire. For that matter, it can be served plain with nothing else and you will love it!

If’ you’re looking for a fabulous cake for birthdays, special occasions, or just because this recipe is pretty easy to make, then give Banana Sheet Cake with Caramel Icing a try some time soon. You will get rave reviews from all those who eat this and many requests for the recipe, just like Jennifer did about 12 years ago.

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Banana Sheet Cake with Caramel Icing is one of the best cakes you will ever eat. The caramel icing is to die for!

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While you can add additional caramel sauce to serve this cake, we usually serve it plain or with ice cream.

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This fabulous dessert starts with the convenience of a boxed cake mix!

 

Here’s what I did.

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These are the ingredients you will need for the cake.

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Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with an electric mixer until smooth.

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Spray a 9×13″ glass baking dish with cooking spray. Pour cake batter into prepared pan.

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Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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These are the ingredients you will need for the Caramel Icing.

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Once the cake comes out of the oven, prepare icing: Place butter, milk and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat.Whisk until butter dissolves.

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Bring mixture to a boil and boil for 2 minutes AFTER the mixture starts boiling. Remove from heat.

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Add vanilla and powdered sugar and whisk until all the lumps are gone.

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Pour the caramel icing over top of the cake. Do your best to pour it evenly so it spreads and covers the entire surface of the cake. This can be difficult to do with a knife so I just pour it from the saucepan. Pour icing in thin layers so that the top of the cake is well covered. If necessary, use a knife to spread icing over the cake. The icing hardens quickly so you will have to work fast! Allow icing to set before serving.

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The sweet, rich Caramel Icing makes this cake decadent and spectacular!

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Every bite of Banana Sheet Cake with Caramel Icing will have you drooling. Oh, my!

 

Here’s the recipe.

BANANA SHEET CAKE WITH CARAMEL ICING

(Recipe adapted from Jennifer Craig, when we worked together at Dallas Baptist University)

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Fabulous banana cake using banana cream pudding and pie filling mix. The caramel icing is spectacular making this one, terrific cake!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 65 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
CAKE:
CARAMEL ICING:
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 65 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
CAKE:
CARAMEL ICING:
Instructions
CAKE:
  1. Combine all items in large mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
  2. Bake in greased 9x13” pan at 350° for 45-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center tests done.
  3. Cool slightly before adding icing.
CARAMEL ICING:
  1. Combine brown sugar milk and butter in a saucepan over medium heat whisking until all the butter has dissolved.
  2. Cook brown sugar, milk and butter for 2 minutes (from the time it begins to bubble).
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add vanilla and powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  5. Pour caramel icing over top of cake.
Recipe Notes
NOTE: You can also use instant banana cream pudding in place of the vanilla pudding for more banana flavor.
NOTE: This icing hardens really fast. Make up the icing right after you remove cake from oven and spread as soon as you get it to spreading consistency without lumps in the icing. By the time you get the icing to this stage the cake will have cooled sufficiently to ice. If the icing hardens, you can bring it to spreading consistently again by putting over low heat, and if necessary, add a few tablespoons of milk.

 

[b]Banana Sheet Cake with Caramel Icing[/b]
Recipe Type: Cakes and Cheesecakes
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from Jennifer Craig when we worked together at Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 20
Fabulous banana cake using banana cream pudding and pie filling mix. The caramel icing is spectacular making this one, terrific cake!
Ingredients
  • 1 box [url href=”http://www.duncanhines.com/” target=”_blank” title=”duncan hines”]Duncan Hines[/url] butter recipe yellow cake mix
  • 1 pkg. instant vanilla pudding (I used Banana Cream pudding)
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 large bananas)
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup canola oil
Instructions
  1. Combine all items in large mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
  2. Bake in greased 9×13” pan at 350° for 45-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center tests done.
  3. Cool slightly before adding icing.
Notes
You can also use instant banana cream pudding in place of the vanilla pudding for more banana flavor.

 

[b]Caramel Icing[/b]
Recipe Type: Cakes and Cheesecakes
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from Jennifer Craig when we worked together at Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 20
Fabulous banana cake using banana cream pudding and pie filling mix. The caramel icing is spectacular making this one, terrific cake!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 ¾ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
Instructions
  1. Combine brown sugar milk and butter in a saucepan over medium heat whisking until all the butter has dissolved.
  2. Cook brown sugar, milk and butter for 2 minutes (from the time it begins to bubble).
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add vanilla and powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  5. Pour caramel icing over top of cake.
Notes
This icing hardens really fast. Make up the icing right after you remove cake from oven and spread as soon as you get it to spreading consistency without lumps in the icing. By the time you get the icing to this stage the cake will have cooled sufficiently to ice. If it hardens you can bring it to spreading consistently again by putting over low heat, and if necessary, add a few tablespoons of milk.

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Banana Sheet Cake with Caramel Icing rocks!

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Join me for a slice!

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