Chocolate Chip Banana Layer Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting


A moist dense banana cake with chocolate chips goes over the top when layered with salted caramel buttercream for a cake any banana bread lover will go wild over! 

Chocolate Chip Banana layer Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting recipe at

My family loves banana treats just as much as I do, so it was no surprise that Allison asked for a banana cake for her 18th birthday cake!  

There’s a lot going on with this Chocolate Chip Banana Cake, but you’ll never notice, because you’ll be busy polishing off one piece after another!  If banana and chocolate chips weren’t enough in this recipe – I went and added a dash of cinnamon.  The cake is a rustic two layer affair with a generous spreading of salted caramel buttercream in between and on top.  Deliciously easy and simple to put together.  No fancy pastry tips or bags, just a simple knife or off set spatula and a little wrist action.  Chocolate Chip Banana Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting recipe at

For the very best flavor, you will want to use very ripe bananas. To the point that they are heavy on the black speckles (almost black) and mushy.  If your bananas are ripe but you are not ready to make your cake yet, you can prolong the life of overripe bananas a week or so by putting them in a plastic bag and storing them in the fridge, or you can keep them for months in the freezer.  We always have a bunch in the freezer.

Slice of  Chocolate Chip Banana Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting recipe at

I’m not really sure there is a whole lot of difference in banana bread and banana cake, but either way get your fork ready, because this one is a plate-clearing addiction that is sure to be a repeat offender of the best kind in your home.

Chocolate Chip Banana Layer Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 8-inch layer cake

Serving Size: 10-12 slices

Chocolate Chip Banana Layer Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

A moist dense banana cake with chocolate chips goes over the top when layered with salted caramel buttercream for a cake any banana bread lover will go wild over!


    For the Chocolate Chip Banana Cake
  • 2-1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2-3 bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sour milk or buttermilk ((you can make sour milk by adding just a little vinegar to milk and let it sit about 10 mins until it curdles)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (extra for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup banana chips for garnish (optional)
  • For Salted Caramel Frosting
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup caramel ice cream topping (extra for optional garnish)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pound (4 cups) powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream (or milk)


    For the Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 (8-inch) cake pans. Cut 2 circles of parchment paper to fit the bottoms of the pans, then press them in (this will make it easier to remove the cake from the pan)
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together, flour, baking soda and cinnamon and set aside. In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or using a hand mixer), cream the butter until smooth. Add sugars and eggs and mix until fluffy, then add mashed bananas and vanilla.
  3. Add half the dry ingredients and half the sour milk and mix just until combined. Repeat with remaining dry ingredients and milk.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans and bake for 30-40 minutes. Let cakes cool in the pans 5-10 minutes. Turn out onto wire racks and let cool completely before frosting.
  5. For the Frosting
  6. Cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add ice cream topping, salt and vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Stop to scrape sides and bottom of bowl as needed. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  7. To Assemble
  8. Place one cake round on plate, use off-set spatula to spread half of frosting over cake. Then place other cake round on top, mound remaining frosting on top and spread within an inch of the edge. Garnish with chocolate chips, banana chips and caramel topping.

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Are you a banana bread/cake lover?  Just like when I make banana bread, this cake did not last long.  I don’t think we’ve ever polished off a cake so fast!

More Banana Recipes you might enjoy:

Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes

Homemade Banana Flips

Banana Bread Pancakes

Fried Banana Milkshakes

Banana Streusel Coffee Cake with Maple Glaze 

Nutella Banana Swirl Muffins

Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie (No Bake!)

Banana Gelato

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  1. Hello beautiful cake, please get inside my belly!
    I never used to be a banana baked goods fan…until I met my husband who would marry them, if he hadn’t married me first 😉
    And, now, I can’t get enough bananas so I am in lurve with this cake! Pinned!

  2. That frosting looks so crazy good!! LOVE it!

  3. My mouth dropped open when I saw this on Facebook! This is such a gorgeous cake with an incredible sounding combination of flavors! Happy 18th Birthday to your daughter!

  4. I see why your daughter asked for that cake, I want a slice too!!

  5. Love this cake! Happy Birthday to Allison!

  6. Yes there really is a lot going on with this cake….a lot of GOOD things! Holy cow, this is gorgeous!

  7. This cake looks wonderful. I love the sound of the salted caramel icing.

  8. You had me at banana. I love all banana desserts, and this cake is gorgeous!!

  9. Loving this cake idea! So many wonderful flavors! Pinned!

  10. Gorgeous and you had me at caramel frosting!!

  11. Oh my gosh, Cheryl… that is one gorgeous looking cake! Wow! And those photos of it are so good!

  12. Where has salted caramel frosting been all my life????? I could ice SO many desserts with it, but eating with a spoon sounds wonderful, too!

  13. Oh my goodness! Anything salted with caramel and bananas has my full, undivided attention! This cake looks ridiculously amazing, Cheryl! Thanks for sharing the recipe with the rest of us! I’m seriously drooling right now! xoxo

  14. Whoa. This looks awesome! Happy birthday to your daughter!

  15. This looks amazing! I love banana and caramel together!

  16. This is such a sunning cake and the flavor combo is awesome!! Happy birthday to your daughter!

  17. yum!! craving a slice now.. great flavour combo! thanks for providing the great recipe – it’s one i will be saving to recreate!

  18. Love banana and chocolate combo and this cake is wonderful!

  19. How cool is this? I have a “birthday” request for a creamy banana cake — I’ve picked out the cake recipe already but wasn’t happy to see one recipe after another choose a cream cheese frosting which somehow doesn’t strike me as right. But caramel? I’m all over it! PS I’m a big fan of what I call “black bananas” — super-super ripe and very very sweet.

  20. I think that I may have drooled just a little bit when this popped up in my e-mail!! yum!!

  21. This looks amazing, I love banana bread and salted caramel…this combination just sounds incredible!

  22. This cake looks absolutely DELICIOSO!!!! I’m not sure if I’d be able to share it with anyone! 😉

  23. this cake sounds so delicious!

  24. You make one gorgeous cake! Love the flavor combo here. Pinned.
    Have a marvelous day!

  25. What a gorgeous cake! Love that salted caramel frosting!

  26. How fantastic is this cake?! I love your flavor combination! And that frosting! I could eat a whole bowl of it! 🙂

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  28. Oh my word, this cake looks absolutely heavenly. I LOVE chocolate and banana together, wish I had a slice of it for breakfast tomorrow. 😉

  29. This looks awesome, i love banana, so anything with them in gets my attention, thanks for sharing this…


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  31. Oh my word! This looks sooooo good! I know what I am bringing to Sunday dinner next week!

  32. What a glorious looking cake!! I bet every bite was so so good! 🙂 Yum!

  33. That is one lovely cake. I love the caramel frosting and drizzle.

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