roasted banana & dulce de leche cake

January 23, 2014

in Cakes & Tea Cakes

One secret to a moist and tender banana loaf cake is roasting a banana. A few minutes in a hot oven is all that’s needed to caramelize and intensify the natural sweetness of the ripe fruit. To complement the banana further, I swirled Dulce de Leche into the batter (based on my buttermilk pound cake).

Roasted Banana & Dulce de Leche Cake | Tutti Dolci

In my unwavering belief that loaf cakes are unfinished without a glaze, I added one – after all, there’s no such thing as too much Dulce de Leche.

Roasted Banana & Dulce de Leche Cake | Tutti Dolci

Roasted Banana & Dulce de Leche Cake
1 cup sliced ripe banana
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
3 Tbsp Dulce de Leche

6 Tbsp powdered sugar, sifted
1 Tbsp Dulce de Leche
1 Tbsp milk
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 400°F and arrange banana slices in a single layer in a baking dish; roast for 15 minutes, flipping bananas halfway through. Mash with a fork; set aside to cool.

Reduce oven temperature to 350°F and spray an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add half of flour mixture, beating just to combine. Add banana and buttermilk, then finish with remaining flour mixture.

Pour half the batter into prepared pan; dollop with Dulce de Leche and swirl layers together with a wooden skewer. Top with remaining batter and smooth with an offset spatula. Bake for 55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs attached and cake springs back to the touch. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes; carefully remove cake from pan and cool completely on wire rack.

To prepare glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, Dulce de Leche, milk, and salt in a small bowl. Drizzle glaze over cooled cake and let set before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.

Yield – 12 servings
Calories – 200 (per slice)
Carbs – 35

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1 cassie January 23, 2014

I kind of want a roasted banana just for a snack. Alongside this cake, of course! I love it!


2 Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes January 23, 2014

I LOVE the advice to roast the banana, I’ve never tried that but definitely will the next time I make banana bread! I’m sure it adds a nice depth of flavor as well!


3 Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) January 23, 2014

This is one stunning cake! I love the mix of flavors here!


4 Emilie@TheCleverCarrot January 23, 2014

Yes! I’ve done this with banana bread before and roasting the bananas adds such a nice flavor! They’re delicious in oatmeal too… And the Dulche de Leche just takes it over the top. Love this Laura! xx


5 Flavia January 23, 2014

I’ve never tried roasting bananas before making my banana bread, but I’ve seen so many people taking this step to intensify the flavor in the bread. I’m definitely trying it out next time. Lovely as always! :)


6 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen January 23, 2014

You are correct on all counts, Laura! There’s no such thing as too much Dulce de Leche and glazes are always in order for loaf cakes. ;) Also, roasted bananas rule. Love that you used your buttermilk pound cake as a base for a nice moist and tender crumb. This is one magnificent loaf cake!


7 Maria@PinkPatisserie January 23, 2014

What a great complement of flavors and I completely agree about the glaze. That’s a beauty Laura!


8 Kiran @ January 23, 2014

Totally love roasted bananas. And cake! Perfection :)


9 Liz January 23, 2014

Oh, my!!! I’m going to call this banana bread so I can rationalize having it for breakfast :)


10 Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers January 23, 2014

I have never roasted bananas. So intrigued now! This sounds divine and can’t wait to try.


11 Valerie January 23, 2014

Roasted banana – brilliant!! I’ll take three slices, please. :)


12 Suzanne January 23, 2014

Love banana bread and I almost made some today, wonderful idea to roast the fruit.


13 Tieghan January 23, 2014

Roasted bananas are amazing!! Loving this bread!


14 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef January 23, 2014

I agree. Without something on top, it’s bread.

This looks lovely!


15 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) January 23, 2014

This is such a great idea. I am absolutely going to try roasting my bananas first next time I make banana bread – thank you!


16 Erin @ Texanerin Baking January 24, 2014

I didn’t know that! I’ll have to try roasting the bananas next time.

And banana and dulce de leche together is totally new to me. It sounds amaaazing! :)


17 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking January 24, 2014

I love roasting bananas, one of my late-night indulgences.
Banana bread and dulce de leche – this is a combo I must try! Thanks


18 The Café Sucre Farine January 24, 2014

Love the idea of roasted bananas Laura, such a great idea. I think your neighbors and friends are very lucky!


19 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} January 24, 2014

Love that tip! Your cakes looks supreme.


20 Lizzy (Good Things) January 24, 2014

Totally scrumptious!


21 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 24, 2014

What a great tip to a great banana bread. It would make sure that it would be sweet and delicious :D


22 JulieD January 25, 2014

Ahh this is gorgeous!! Love these flavors!


23 Deb January 25, 2014

My leftover bananas have found a new purpose! A most irresistible banana cake!


24 kristy @ the wicked noodle January 25, 2014

What a great way to add flavor, I would never have thought to do that! Love this recipe, can’t wait to give it a try.


25 JJ @ 84thand3rd January 26, 2014

Oh I love roasting bananas before baking with them – and then dulce de leche? Swooning (and starving!)


26 Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl January 26, 2014

Goodness, this cake looks amazing. And that glaze, swoooooon!


27 Karen (Back Road Journal) January 26, 2014

You have certainly created a tempting dessert. Thank you for the tip about roasting the bananas.


28 Jess January 26, 2014

This sounds absolutely heavenly! :)


29 Claire Gallam January 26, 2014

Okay so this bread is perfect. Just absolutely perfect!


30 Rosa January 27, 2014

Fabulous! the kind of cake that is addictive and totally delish.




31 Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures January 27, 2014

This isn’t your mother’s banana bread! Yum!


32 Helen @ Scrummy Lane January 28, 2014

Amazing flavour combination. I really want a piece of this right now!!


33 Nami | Just One Cookbook January 29, 2014

I need to try roasting bananas then. I’ve never tried, but I’m totally convinced now! I would love this combination in the cake!


34 Averie @ Averie Cooks January 30, 2014

roasted bananas AND dulce de leche…swoon! pinned!


35 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies January 30, 2014

I’ve been meaning to try roasting bananas for SO long! Ooh, this looks so good!



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