Banana Caramel Surprise Cake

This delicious banana caramel cake with cream cheese icing is based on the American Poke cakes, which is when you poke holes into the baked cake and spread over the filling before topping with icing. 


Cream cheese icing 


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C fanbake.
  2. Mix together butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs in a large bowl. Add banana and milk then stir again. 
  3. Sift in flour and fold all ingredients together until combined.
  4. Pour into a lined cake tray and bake for 30 minutes. (Mine is 22 x 30cm)
  5. Once cake has cooled poke holes into the top, melt the caramel in the microwave for about a minute  then pour over the cake. Spread the caramel to the edges. Reserve about 2 tablespoons of caramel to drizzle over the cake at the end.
  6. To make the icing make sure the cream cheese and butter is at room temperature and softened. 
  7. Use a mixer or electric beater to beat together cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Once mixed scrape down the sides and add icing sugar then beat again until the icing is soft and fluffy.
  8. Spread the icing over the cake and drizzle over the remaining caramel. Cut the cake into slices then serve. 

Courses Baking

Cuisine New Zealand

Recipe by VJ Cooks at