Restaurant Recipes

Chasen's Banana Shortcake with Banana Sauce

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Yield: 12 servings



  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream, chilled

Whipped Filling

  • 2 cups heavy cream, chilled
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Banana Sauce

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, chilled
  • 1 tablespoon superfine sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pint best-quality French vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 2 very ripe bananas, cut into very thin rounds
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum, or to taste

To assemble the shortcakes

  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 4 small, ripe bananas, sliced, + 1 banana, sliced into thin rounds
  • Hot fudge sauce of your choice



  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour 12 individual charlotte or cake pans.
  2. With an electric mixer on high speed, cream butter with the sugar until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes, frequently scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Add vanilla. Continue beating on high speed for 6 minutes, frequently scraping down the sides of the bowl. Set aside.
  4. Resift flour with salt and baking powder. With mixer at lowest speed, add flour mixture slowly to batter. When incorporated, add cream. Beat only until blended.
  5. Place cake pans on a baking sheet and divide the batter equally among them. Bake on the center rack about 25 to 30 minutes, until a wooden pick inserted in the middle of each cake comes out clean and the cakes are just beginning to shrink from the sides.
  6. Cool 5 minutes on a wire rack; invert each cake onto your hand, then place right side up on the rack to finish cooling.

Whipped Filling

  1. Whip cream until stiff. Fold in sugar and vanilla extract.

Bnanana Sauce

  1. Whip cream with sugar and vanilla extract until stiff. Fold ice cream into whipped cream.
  2. Toss the banana with the rum and fold into whipped cream mixture.
  3. Assemble the shortcakes: Slice each cake horizontally into two equal layers. Place cake tops upside down on dessert plates. Prick each with a fork and drizzle with rum. Spread filling generously on top. Lay bananas in a single layer to cover filling. Cover with more filling and top with the remaining cake layer. Spoon a dollop of filling on top of each. Chill.
  4. When ready to serve, place remaining banana rounds decoratively on the tops of the cakes. Spoon on Banana Sauce and hot fudge sauce.


Posted by Annette at Recipe Goldmine 9/21/2001 5:16 pm.

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