Mini Banana and Dulce de Leche Loaf Cakes

Just to let you know, this post was written before I started the paleo diet to help ease my psoriasis. Nowadays I eat a more allergy-friendly diet, but leave these older, non-paleo posts up in case they are useful to readers, as I know not everyone eats the same as I do. Thanks for your understanding. 

Oh, have I got a thing for dulce de leche. 

It's a milk-based caramel that's popular in Latin American countries and if you get the good stuff, it's thick, dark and glossy and is perfect eaten in so many ways - spread on toast, used as a sandwich filling, spooned straight from the jar... 

banana and dulce de leche mini loaf cakes

The thick sweet - almost buttery - caramel works so well with banana and so I whipped up these mini loaf cakes for a school cake sale. There's dulce de leche in the cake itself and then a bit more is spread onto the top to finish it off. I hope you like them.

Mini Banana and Dulce de Leche Loaf Cakes
Makes 12.
80g butter
100g caster sugar
2 eggs
200g peeled bananas 
220g plain flour
4 tsp baking powder
good pinch of sea salt flakes
1 heaped 15ml tablespoon dulce de leche, plus an extra 2 tbsp for the topping

Preheat the oven to 180ÂșC. Lay out 12 disposable mini loaf cases on a baking tray. 
To start, cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Crack in the eggs, and beat these into the mixture. Add the bananas, mashing them so you get a smooth(ish) mixture. Sift in the flour and the baking powder and crumble in a pinch of the sea salt flakes. Stir to combine everything and then fold in the tablespoon of dulce de leche, mixing just until it's more or less combined but still streaky in the cake mixture. 

Divide the mixture between the 12 mini loaf cases and bake for 20 minutes, or until the cakes are firm, risen and just starting to turn golden on top. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. 

To finish off the cakes, spread a little dulce de leche onto the tops of the loaf cakes just before serving. 

banana and dulce de leche mini loaf cakes 2
Hubba hubba...
What do you think? Do you like dulce de leche? What are your favourite ways to use it? 


  1. My mouth is watering, these little loaf cakes look so good!

    I hope you will link up this wonderful recipe and others at my Foodie Friday Blog Hop at A Room for Two with a View. I know my readers would love it!

    Have a fantastic Foodie Friday and a wonderful weekend!



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