Sticky Banana Cake with Caramel and Cream Cheese

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This cake is as decadent as it sounds. There is no heart foundation tick. It is moist and sticky and simply luscious. It will make a great casual birthday cake, or a super delicious dessert.
Recipe adapted from Little and Friday http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10795656

Ingredients
2 cups of flour
1 tsp baking powder
125 gms of butter (room temp)
3/4 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
4 small banana’s (mashed)
1 cup of dates (roughly chopped)
1 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 cup warm milk
3/4 cup walnuts

To finish
1 tin of caramel condensed milk
1 250 gm tub of cream cheese
1.5 cups of icing sugar
1 cup of cream

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees, grease and line 2 round 8 inch cake tins. Put the dates in a small saucepan on the stove with half a cup of water. Bring to boil and stir for around 5 minutes. Take the dates off the stove and add half a teaspoon of baking soda, stir well with a wooden spoon. The dates should become soft and the mixture will become frothy. Leave to cool. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time scraping down the sides of the bowl between each egg. Add the banana. Mix the remaining teaspoon of baking soda with the warm milk (it will froth so leave room in your cup) Fold the flour and milk mixture into the banana mix and then fold in the walnuts.
Pour the mixture evenly into your cake tins and bake for around 50 minutes to 1 hour. The mixture is quite moist so remove the cakes when there is no wet mixture on the skewer (there maybe still some small crumbs)

To make the cream cheese icing, beat the cream cheese until smooth, in a separate bowl, whip the cream until thick. Add the icing sugar to the cream cheese and beat again, fold through the cream.

To Finish, Beat the tin of caramel condensed milk in a small bowl until smooth. Put one of the cakes onto a cake stand or plate. Spread over a layer of cream cheese and then a layer of caramel. It will spill over the sides so just put as much mixture as you are happy with – if you want a cleaner cake, don’t go right to the edges. Put the second cake on top of the first, and repeat the layer of cream cheese. Add the condensed milk and swirl with a skewer or knife to form a pattern you are happy with.

Enjoy, and perhaps consider going for a run the next day – this cake truly is a “sometimes” food!

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