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Banana-Nut Waffle Cake

I wanted to use waffles in a creative way and came up with an idea of making a cake out of them. Not only did it take much less time than making an ordinary cake, it came out just as delicious as a traditional cake. Waffles can be made ahead, wrapped and stored in the fridge until ready to assemble this cake. —Kristina S., Yonkers, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • BUTTERSCOTCH SYRUP:
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • TOPPINGS:
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced
  • 1 cup sweetened whipped cream

Directions

  • Grease and preheat waffle iron. Whisk together first 5 ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, oil and vanilla until blended. Add to dry ingredients; stir just until moistened. Bake 6 waffles according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown.
  • For butterscotch syrup, combine sugar, water and corn syrup in a small heavy saucepan; stir gently to moisten all the sugar. Cook over medium-low heat, gently swirling pan occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Cover; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook 1 minute. Uncover pan; continue to boil and gently swirl pan until syrup turns a medium amber color, 3-4 minutes. Immediately remove from heat, and gradually stir in remaining syrup ingredients. Cool.
  • For toppings, combine walnuts and pecans. To assemble cake, place 1 waffle on a serving plate. Spoon some butterscotch syrup over it; layer with some of each of the following: banana slices, nut mixture and whipped cream. Repeat layers 4 times. Top with remaining waffle and remaining syrup; sprinkle with remaining nut mixture.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 waffle: 535 calories, 31g fat (11g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 509mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 4g fiber), 9g protein.

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