Banana Bourbon Layer Cake Recipe

Banana Bourbon Layer Cake Recipe

How To Make Banana Bourbon Layer Cake

A simple banana layer cake recipe gets a more interesting flavor profile with the addition of bourbon to its sweet sliced banana topping.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Chill and Cool Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total: 1 hour 55 minutes



  • 8tbspunsalted butter
  • cupsall purpose flour
  • ¾tspbaking soda
  • ½tspbaking powder
  • ½tspsalt
  • cupsgranulated sugar
  • 3large eggs
  • 2bananas,ripe
  • ½cupbuttermilk
  • 1tsppure vanilla extract
  • 1cupheavy cream
  • 2tbspconfectioners’ sugar
  • ¾cupsour cream
  • 3bananas
  • 2tbspunsalted butter
  • 2tbspdark brown sugar
  • ¾cupbourbon


  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8-inch round cake pans.

  2. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  3. Cream together butter and sugar. Add egg yolks one at a time.

  4. In another bowl, mash bananas, and combine with buttermilk and vanilla. Add alternately to butter mixture with flour mixture, beginning and ending with flour.

  5. Beat the egg whites until stiff; fold into batter. Divide batter between prepared pans.

  6. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.

  7. When cake layers are cool, whip cream with confectioners’ sugar until stiff. Fold in sour cream.

  8. Place a cake layer on a plate, and spread with filling to within 1 inch of edge. Place the other layer on top, and press down lightly. Chill for 1 hour.

  9. Slice bananas half an inch thick. Melt butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. When it sizzles, add slices in a single layer. Sprinkle with sugar. When golden brown, turn slices; cook until brown on other side.

  10. Carefully pour in bourbon (using a measuring cup, never the bottle) and ignite with a match. Cook until flames die down, shaking the pan to toss bananas in syrup. Remove from heat.

  11. Arrange banana slices on top of the cake. Pour remaining syrup over the cake, letting it drip down the sides.

  12. Serve immediately.


  • Calories: 569.97kcal
  • Fat: 25.73g
  • Saturated Fat: 15.41g
  • Trans Fat: 0.47g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7.03g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.35g
  • Carbohydrates: 70.03g
  • Fiber: 2.26g
  • Sugar: 42.30g
  • Protein: 6.79g
  • Cholesterol: 128.40mg
  • Sodium: 294.13mg
  • Calcium: 86.45mg
  • Potassium: 325.84mg
  • Iron: 1.82mg
  • Vitamin A: 252.76µg
  • Vitamin C: 5.45mg
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