Chocolate Bananas Foster Cake

A skillet filled with banana fosters is being tipped over a layer of the chocolate cake.

A chocolate cake is filled with layers of banana fosters and then topped with a basic chocolate ganache. The cake comes together to make a tasty sweet dessert or a sweet treat during the day.

Bananas foster is a popular dessert in itself. Bananas are cooked in brown sugar to make a caramel sauce, then splashed with rum and lit on fire for a beautiful presentation. Let it cool a little before adding it to the cake.

This cake is made over a campfire in Dutch ovens but is definitely for the more adventurous and experienced outdoor cook. Be careful when working with the hot caramel sauce and the hot pans. Alternately, it can be baked in cake tins.

Fresh banana is typically used to decorate a chocolate bananas foster cake, this means it needs to be eaten soon after decorating. Dried or dehydrated banana can be used if it needs to last longer, it also gives it an extra crunch.

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A chocolate bananas foster cake with a large slice cut out of it.
This cake is made of layers of chocolate cake, bananas fosters filling, then covered in a chocolate ganache.
The chocolate ganache being smoothed on the sides of the cake with a pallet knife.
Use a pallet knife to smooth the ganache over the chocolate cake sides and top.
Chocolate ganache being poured on top of the chocolate cake.
Let the chocolate ganache cool a little so it can stick to the cake better and smoothes easily.
Two layers of chocolate cake covered with the bananas foster filling.
Letting the banana fosters cool a little helps stop the caramel from running off the chocolate cakes.
A stainless bowl with the chocolate cake batter in it with a whisk sitting in front of a Dutch oven.
The cake batter can be made with a hand whisk or if needed a wooden spoon, making it perfect for the outdoors.
A three layer chocolate banana fosters cake being sliced to serve.
The cake can be garnished with fresh banana but must be served immediately, or dried banana can be used for a longer lasting result.
A skillet filled with banana fosters is being tipped over a layer of the chocolate cake.
The banana fosters is used as a tasty sweet banana caramel filling in this chocolate cake.

Chocolate Bananas Foster Cake Recipe

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A skillet filled with banana fosters is being tipped over a layer of the chocolate cake.
A chocolate cake is filled with layers of banana fosters then topped with a basic chocolate ganache.
Preparation 30 minutes
Cook 35 minutes
Ready in 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 16 Servings
CourseDessert
DifficultyExperienced
MethodBake
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Ingredients

Chocolate Cake

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Bananas Foster Filling

  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 cups sliced bananas
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 shot dark rum

Chocolate Frosting

  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Equipment

  • 3 10-inch Dutch ovens
  • Parchment paper
  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 skillet
  • 1 small saucepan

Directions

  • Oil and flour three 10-inch Dutch ovens and line with parchment paper. Preheat the Dutch ovens to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

Chocolate Cake

  • Combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  • Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla, and beat for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the boiling water; the batter will be thin.
  • Pour the batter evenly into the three prepared Dutch ovens.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until cooked. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Bananas Foster Filling

  • Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Melt the butter in the skillet and slowly add brown sugar to make a syrup.
  • Add the sliced bananas and cinnamon. Stir well, making sure the bananas are completely covered in sauce.
  • Add the rum to the mixture carefully. Using a lit match, ignite the rum and allow the flame to burn out. Set mixture aside.

Chocolate Frosting

  • Heat the heavy cream in a small saucepan to a slow boil, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the chocolate chips and stir well until fully melted, smooth, and well combined with the cream. 
  • Cover and cool for 30 minutes.

To Assemble

  • Place one cake layer on a serving tray.
  • Spread half the bananas foster filling on the cake, top with the second cake layer, and spread with the remaining bananas foster filling. Top with the remaining cake layer.
  • Spread with the chocolate frosting on the top and sides. Place some sliced bananas on top as garnish.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 266mgCalcium: 73mgVitamin C: 3mgVitamin A: 419IUSugar: 52gFiber: 3gPotassium: 268mgCholesterol: 57mgCalories: 491kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 10gFat: 23gProtein: 4gCarbohydrates: 70gIron: 2mg

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Omar started competitive cooking in 2006 after moving to Idaho from California via Texas. He started with Dutch Oven cooking as a novice then two years later won the World Cast Iron Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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