Buttermilk Banana Skillet Cake with Broiled Rum Topping
If you don’t have a skillet to bake this cake, use a 10” springform pan.
Makes one 11 ¾” cake
Serves 12 generously
Buttermilk Banana Cake
½ cup quick rolled oats (not large flake or old-fashioned)
½ cup buttermilk
½ cup soft butter
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
3 large bananas, mashed (should equal 1 ½ cups mashed banana)
Broiled Rum Topping
¼ cup melted butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp dark rum or water
¾ cup flaked sweetened coconut
1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Generously butter an 11 ½” or 11 ¾” cast iron skillet (measured from across the top of the skillet, not the bottom). Don’t use a smaller skillet or the cake will overflow. Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a small bowl, mix together the oats and buttermilk and let stand for 10 minutes while you gather the ingredients for the rest of the cake.
On medium-high speed, cream the butter with the granulated sugar and brown sugar for 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for about 30 seconds after each addition. Add the vanilla. Then beat in the buttermilk-oat mixture.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture alternately with the mashed bananas, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour. Transfer to the greased skillet and bake for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove cake from oven to a wire rack and let cake stand for several minutes while you prepare the topping.
Turn oven to broil mode. Mix all the topping ingredients together and spread over the hot cake. Place the cake about 3” from broiler element and broil until bubbly. Watch carefully so the nuts don’t burn. It will only take about 1 minute to broil the frosting. Immediately remove the cake to a wire rack and let cool.
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