Banana Layer Cake With Caramel Icing

A layer cake made for sharing with those you love.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg and 1 egg yolk, well beaten
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. milk


    1. Sift dry ingredients together. Cream butter and sugar in a bowl until fluffy. Add eggs, and beat well. Then add banana, and mix well. Alternate flour mixture with buttermilk, beating after each addition. Add vanilla, and mix well. Bake in 2 (8- or 9-inch) layer pans greased or lined with parchment at 350°F for 25 to 28 minutes. Let cool before frosting.
    2. Melt butter, brown sugar, and milk in a 2-quart saucepan over very low heat. Stir and bring to boil for 1 minute. Don’t cook too long, or icing will get hard and grainy. Cool slightly. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth and creamy either with a whisk or an electric mixer. If too thick, add milk at a time until spreadable. While icing is still warm, frost the cake.