Banana Foster Rum Cake

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Banana Foster Rum Cake is one of those fancy cakes you really like to make for a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary, It's all made with love and from scratch.

As a bonus recipe, in the recipe card below we also include a the Real Banana Foster Dessert recipe for those who want to experience the dessert and not the cake which is super fast and easy but both recipes are off the charts delicious.

The cake is made with simple pantry ingredients like butter, sugar, salt, baking soda and powder, and bananas but the flavor comes from the bananas and rum combinations that are simply decadent.

When is a holiday celebration, this cake is certainly impressive piled high with either whipped cream or vanilla cream then topped with sliced bananas it's one your family and friends will remember for a very long time.

Being the cake is made from scratch it will be a little more dense, but certainly not dry with the layer of bananas on the bottom.

The first time I had this cake was on a cruise, and I had to try and recreate it, this cake was actually better than the cruise cake!

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banana cake with rum

banana cake topped with rum and whipped cream

Shopping List to Make Banana Foster Cake with Rum

  • unsalted butter
  • firmly packed light brown sugar
  • mashed ripe banana
  • dark rum
  • Cake Batter: 
  • unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • milk
  • large eggs, room temperature, and lightly beaten
  • vanilla extract 
  • all-purpose flour 
  • granulated sugar
  • baking powder 
  • baking soda 
  • salt 
  • Whipped Cream: heavy cream, sugar .rum or banana flavoring
  • For the Photo Below Real Banana Foster Dessert Recipe (scroll down to the recipe card it's at the bottom of the cake post under instructions)

Pans To Use

  • 13 x 9 sheet pan of any kind
  • two 9 x 9 cake pans( use to do 2 layers and filled
  • cupcakes layer each tin with evenly then batter
  • two square pans for a two-layer square cake

batter for Banana Foster Rum Cake

Fruit Substitutions (around 2 1/2 cups)

  1. pineapple
  2. mango
  3. blueberries
  4. diced soft peaches
  5. pears
  6. finely mince apples

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Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Banana Foster Rum Cake

Banana Foster Rum Cake

This is a fresh rum banana cake with rum. Served with real whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Also, there is a recipe at the end for Real Banana Foster.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 40 MinTotal time: 50 Min


  • Banana Foster Layer:
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups mashed ripe banana (about 5 large)
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • Cake Batter:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature and lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • This is optional:
  • 1/3 cup dark rum (this is if you would like to heat this at the end, ignite the hot rum that has simmered in a saucepan, wait until the flame dies out, and pour over the cake.
  • Whipped Cream:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons rum or banana flavoring


  1. Melt 1/3 cup unsalted butter into a 13x9-inch pan; place in a 350-degree oven for 5 minutes until melted.
  2. Remove from oven, and coat sides of pan with cooking spray.
  3. Add brown sugar and stir to combine with the melted butter spread evenly into the pan.
  4. Mash 3 of the 5 bananas and add 1/4 cup dark rum mix together.
  5. Arrange mashed bananas in brown sugar butter mixture to cover the surface of the pan and set aside.
  6. Combine the rest of the bananas (2 left) and mash add the butter, milk eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended.
  7. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  8. Add to the mashed banana mixture and fold into the dry ingredients.
  9. Pour batter evenly over bananas and brown sugar mixture.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  11. Cool in pan for 1 minute.
  12. Loosen the cake from the sides of the pan with a knife, and invert it onto a large rectangular serving platter.
  13. Optional: Before serving heat the dark rum in a pan, Ignite with a long match, once the flame goes out drizzle over the cake.
  14. Cake can be served plain with vanilla ice cream or whipped banana flavored cream on top.
  15. For Banana Whipped Cream, whip heavy cream until peaks form, adding sugar and banana extract flavoring while whipping.
  16. Real Banana Foster Dessert Recipe Version Photo above is the 3rd photo (no cake):
  17. Banana Foster 4 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced diagonally
  18. 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  19. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  20. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  21. 1/4 cup dark rum (or banana liqueur for a non-alcoholic version)
  22. Vanilla ice cream for serving or another flavor you prefer (you can also just use frozen whipping topping)
  23. Garnish: Whipped cream
  24. Directions:
  25. In a small saucepan add the butter on low heat and melt it. Add the cinnamon and brown sugar then simmer in the pot for 3 minutes. Stir constantly. Add the bananas and simmer for 2 more minutes or until the sauce coats the bananas. Add the rum on top and using a long match or long butane lighter, ignite the rum with it to provide a flame. Once this alcohol burns off and the flame dies down simmer a little longer to thicken the sauce.
  26. Spoon into a bowl, top with ice cream and a little of the banana and sauce on top. (Garnish with whipped cream on top if desired).

The default measuring system for this website is US Customary. Unit conversions are provided for convenience and as a courtesy only. While we strive to provide accurate unit conversions, please be aware that there may be some discrepancies. This recipe was converted just for the cake recipe, not the Real Banana Foster Dessert at the end.

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  1. You are not helping me stick to my resolutions! This seriously sounds amazing.

  2. It's funny how many ripe bananas I've accumulated in the freezer...ready for the next sweet treat. I'm thrilled this cake requires so many bananas...time to clean out the old and bring in the new. Just perfect for wishing you the Happiest New Year ever!

    Ciao for now and flavourful wishes,

  3. What a lovely cake out there. Love the frosting and the banana slices in it.

    Lite Bite

  4. Wonderful Recipe! Another bookmarked.

  5. Love know how to tempt the tummy!

  6. You have done it again! This will have to be on our table, soon.

  7. complimenti! è davvero deliziosa questa torta, quasi quasi la provo anche io!
    grazie per la ricetta e Felice 2011 anche a te!
    a presto.


  8. looks amazing that slice,and so yummy!happy new year ,claudia,happiness!

  9. Awesome cake, I love have a bite. what else I can say.

  10. While I am nowhere ready for tropical (it's freezing here) I must say am enchanted by this cake. Your presentation is stunning and now I feel sweet and summery.

  11. You've got some great light going on there in your photos!!

  12. That's my kind of cake.. yummeee!!
    Thank you for your visit.. it's a pleasure to meet you! Buon Anno!!


  13. I usually prefer a loaf of bread to sweets, but bananas Foster is an exception (as is creme brulee). I'm planning a dinner party soon and thought I'd be making cheesecake, but now I don't know.

  14. How absolutely delectable Claudia! Loving on that banana whip cream too!

  15. Defnintely a treat I would enjoy!

  16. I love using bananas in desserts This cake though .. I need to try it. It looks so moist, soft, delicious!

  17. Oh my that looks amazing Claudia...
    And with rum :)

  18. So much goodness in one cake. ;) Lovely.

  19. What a great cake!! I love the photo outside... looks like summer!

  20. That banana-rum-cake is calling my name. Do you hear it?

    Have an Excellent 2011! :)


  21. Absolutely Fabulous! Wonderful switch on the pineapple upside down cake :) Have you seen my Bananas Foster French Toast? You have to see it..same concept..only it's a great breakfast item! I love your inspired cooking!

  22. Claudia - not only do I luv pineapple upside down cakes, banana-whatevers rank real high up there too! I like this recipe and can't wait to try it. I'd whip it up tomorrow if I had some banana rum. I'm gonna start looking for it in the markets (where do you find banana rum?)

  23. ciao Claudia! Decadent and tempting me! Gorgeous shots of a lovely cake. Happy Weekend!

  24. Banana Cream Pie is one of my all-time faves, but now I think that this gorgeous banana cake of yours has got it all beat! Mmmm, all of that whipped cream topping; so luscious! You are simply amazing! Ciao!

  25. The rum on an upside down cake sounds delish. The whipped cream is a great addition too, must make this cake!


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