I love to make cheesecake when I get the opportunity! It is definitely one of my favorite desserts.
I had some leftover banana cake batter from my Banana Cupcakes, so I decided to make a banana bread cheesecake! To make it even better, I made some homemade caramel to top it off.
Eating this banana cheesecake was like eating a slice of heaven. It was so decadent, and so delicious!
Each step for this banana caramel cheesecake can be made ahead of time. If you are like me and find yourself in time restraints, having a banana cheesecake recipe that you can make ahead is amazing!
I'll break down each part of this banana cheesecake so you can make it with no difficulties!
This will probably be the easiest cake recipe you will ever see. You take all of your ingredients and combine them in one bowl.
Tear off a sheet of parchment paper, and trace your 6" round cake pan on it. You will cut that circle out, so it can go on the bottom of the cake pan. Before doing that, spray the pan all over with cooking spray. Then place the parchment circle on the bottom.
Once the banana cake is done baking (as according to the recipe below!), you can store it in the freezer (if you are making this ahead of time). Wrap the cake up in plastic wrap, and store it in the freezer until you are ready to use it.
Cheesecake can be a trickier dessert to make, but practice makes perfect!
You'll start by creaming the cream cheese, sugar, and flavorings together until it is incredibly smooth. You don't want any lumps of cream cheese in it.
Then you will slowly add the eggs and heavy cream. You don't want to mix it on high for this, mix it on a low speed so it combines.
Scrape the bowl to make sure everything is mixed together, then give it a quick burst on high speed.
Prepare the 6" cake pan just like you did for the banana cake. Line the bottom with a parchment circle, and spray the pan.
To bake cheesecake, you want to put it in a water bath. This allows the cheesecake to bake slowly, and gives you that creamy texture. To make the water bath, get a pan that the 6" cake pan will fit in. Put the 6" pan with the cheesecake batter in the larger pan, and set it in the oven.
Then you will fill the larger pan with water. You want enough water that it comes up about 1/3 the side of the round cake pan.
After baking and cooling, you can also wrap this in plastic wrap and store it in the freezer.
The best part of this banana cheesecake is the homemade caramel!
Now I know making caramel can be scary. It's not in everyone's repertoire. If you don't want to make caramel, just use your favorite pre-made caramel instead!
We need to first prepare an ice water bath. Get a bowl that your pot will fit in, and fill it halfway with ice and cold water. Set it aside for now.
To start making the caramel, combine the sugar and corn syrup in a pot. Cook it on medium heat. Do not stir the sugar. Don't touch it. The sugar will start to melt, and the mixture will start to caramelize. As it changes color, you are looking for a dark, amber color. Think of the color of caramel, then make it a little darker.
Once the caramel reaches that color, add the butter and stir it in. Then add the heavy cream, vanilla, and salt, then cook it until it reaches 235 degrees F, while stirring constantly.
When it reaches that temperature, put the pot into the ice water bath. This will stop the cooking process of the caramel. Let the caramel cool, and if you are not using it right away, store it in the fridge.
The bottom of the banana caramel cheesecake is the banana cake. Put that on a platter.
If you want to, you can spread some caramel on top of the cake! I didn't do this, though I wish I did. I love caramel, and the more caramel, the better!
The next layer for the banana cheesecake is the cheesecake! Put that right on top of the banana cake.
Last, but not least, pour the caramel (heat it up to make it pour-able) on top, and let it run down the sides.
Slice, serve, and enjoy!
I love any kind of cheesecake, but I especially love this banana caramel cheesecake! Rich banana flavor, homemade caramel, and a creamy cheesecake make this the ultimate dessert!
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