Caramelized Banana Pound Cake

This is an easy, but impressive dessert made with Sara Lee’s pound cake slices and topped with simple, caramelized bananas and cinnamon whipped cream. Big thanks to Sara Lee for helping me celebrate National Pound Cake Day by sponsoring this post!

Caramelized Banana Pound Cake #recipe - easy, simple, and elegant!

Let’s talk fruit.

Which one is your favorite? I’d have to go with either strawberries or raspberries. I could eat them by the handful all day long.

My husband? Pretty much the only fruit he’ll eat are bananas. He’s not a big fruit or veggie person, so when I can sneak him a banana, I do it. Of course, these bananas are cooked in a mixture of butter and brown sugar which makes them even tastier!

Caramelized Banana Pound Cake #recipe - easy, simple, and elegant!

Today just so happens to be National Pound Cake Day and I dunno about you, but that is one holiday that I insist on celebrating each year. Pound cake is my jam. (Speaking of celebrating, be sure to scroll down to find a giveaway just for you beneath the recipe!)

I’ve teamed up with Sara Lee once again to bring you an amazing treat made with their frozen pound cake! Last year, I made y’all a grilled s’mores pound cake sandwich and it was a hit! Obviously. I mean, Nutella, fluff, and pound cake are a match made in heaven!

Caramelized Banana Pound Cake #recipe - easy, simple, and elegant!

This year, I wanted to combine my husband’s love of bananas with the pre-sliced original pound cake that I found in the freezer section. If my little store had the sliced chocolate pound cake, I would have given that one a try with this topping, too. Alas, I live in the middle of nowhere and I’m just lucky there is a grocery store within a few miles for me to complain about.

I spread some butter on my pound cake (because, why not?) and grilled it just until warm. Then I topped it off with a bunch of caramelized bananas, and a humongous dollop of freshly whipped cream spiked with a hint of cinnamon. All in all, this recipe was a total winner that I would happily serve to guests. It was impressive, but super quick and easy! Love recipes like that!

Caramelized Banana Pound Cake #recipe - easy, simple, and elegant!

Caramelized Banana Pound Cake


2 bananas, sliced into rounds
1/2 cup butter, divided
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 slices Sara Lee frozen pound cake, thawed for 15 minutes
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Melt 1/4 cup of butter and brown sugar together in the skillet. Add the banana rounds to the skillet and toss gently to coat in the brown sugar mixture. Cook for 3-5 minutes, turning when the bottoms are getting browned. Repeat until the banana slices are lightly browned and caramelized.
Meanwhile, heat a second skillet over medium heat. Spread the remaining 1/4 cup of butter over each side of the pound cake slices (1 tablespoon per slice) and grill the pound cake until lightly browned on each side, about 2 minutes.
While the bananas and pound cake are cooking, whip the cream in a large mixing bowl with the powdered sugar and cinnamon until stiff peaks form.
To serve, spoon the bananas over the pound cake slices. Top with whipped cream, and drizzle on the remaining caramel syrup from the pan if desired.

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Lucky you, Sara Lee is sponsoring a giveaway for a $50 Visa gift card and some coupons for pound cake! To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite way to eat pound cake. US Residents only, must be 18 years of age to enter, contest ends at 11:59pm on March 17, 2014. 

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