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Turn those extra bananas into this delicious banana sheet cake. The soft and caramelly creamy cheese frosting takes it to the next level! Perfect for potlucks and parties, this is sure to be a winner!

Square pieces of banana sheet cake with salted caramel icing on plates ready to eat.

   I know, I know… always with the banana recipes.  You guys, I can’t help it!  I am not sure if you are thanking me or cursing me, so I choose to think you are loving this crazy banana baked good roller coaster.  Here’s what happened:

   Little Dude went on a banana bender.  He HAD to have one every night before bed for a couple of weeks running.  Our supply was dwindling quickly, so I bought another bunch and then the bedtime banana ritual stopped as quickly as it started.

    You never know with this kid.  So the banana sat. And ripened. And ripened. And sat.  Until there was only one thing to do, BAKE! Boo hoo!

   But if you are supposed to make lemonade out of life’s lemons, I figure you should make banana cake out of life’s overripe bananas too.  It only seems right.  

We had dinner planned at K.C. and Collin’s on Friday, so I offered to bring dessert.  We loved the combo and banana and caramel on Di’s Banana Cake.  So, I thought I would switch it up a bit.

Slices of banana sheet cake with caramel frosting on platter.

    I love sheet cakes.  They are so easy to put together.  

They can be cut into teeny tiny squares for the strange people who “don’t really like sweets.” What does that even mean?!  

Or great big giant bars for those of us who practice portion control by only having one piece, no matter the size.

    Now let’s get to the frosting.  MMMMM, frosting!  Of course, one of my favorite parts of any cake.

 I wanted the creamy feeling of cream cheese mixed with a rich caramel flavor.  This frosting is still a bit warm when you spread it, so it goes on super smooth and then it sets up a bit as it cools.

Turn those extra bananas into this delicious banana sheet cake. The soft and caramelly creamy cheese frosting takes it to the next level! Perfect for potlucks and parties, this is sure to be a winner!

   You can certainly adjust how salty you would like your salted caramel.  I’d suggest you put at least a quarter teaspoon in for balance.  I went full boor and put almost the full teaspoon in.  

Then for added affect, I sprinkled a couple of grains of super coarse sea salt on a few pieces as I served them.  It added a little crunch an that pop of salty sweet flavor.  So fun!

     We love banana baked goods around here. Whether it’s banana chocolate cupcakes or something a bit healthier like banana bread baked oatmeal, it’s bound to be a hit with our crew.  What are your favorite things to do with those extra bananas?
 
If you are looking for a banana cake that’s ready for a party, check out the star-spangled banana cake. It has 4 layers of moist banana cake, loads of fluffy white frosting and a sprinkling of coconut.

Yield: 24 Servings

Banana Sheet Cake with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Square pieces of banana sheet cake with salted caramel icing on plates ready to eat.

Turn those extra bananas into this delicious banana sheet cake. The soft and caramelly creamy cheese frosting takes it to the next level! Perfect for potlucks and parties, this is sure to be a winner!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

Cake

  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3 large bananas, very ripe
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cups flour

Frosting

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a half sheet pan (I used this one)
  2. Mix milk and vinegar, set aside
  3. In mixer bowl, cream butter and sugar.  Add bananas, eggs & vanilla and mix until smooth.
  4. Stir dry ingredients into banana mixture.  Add milk mixture and stir until just combined.
  5. Spread in prepared sheet pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, rotating half way through bake time.  Remove from oven and set aside to cool before frosting.
  6. Once cake is cooled, start on the frosting.  Place the cream cheese in the bowl of your mixer and cream in for a minute or so to get it soft and smooth.
  7. In a small saucepan, melt butter.  Add brown sugar, milk and salt and cook over medium heat until the sugar is fully dissolved, about two minutes.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  9. Transfer to mixer bowl and beat on medium speed until the cream cheese is completely incorporated.
  10. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth.  Spread over cake and then refrigerate for at least a half hour to set. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 325mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 1gSugar: 37gProtein: 3g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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