Minion Banana Flips
My husband and I were recently visiting my parents in Alaska. At one point during our vacation, a conversation arose about banana flips; the no longer in-market cake by Hostess. Both my husband and my mother used to love them. My dad and I could not recall them.
To make a sweet treat for husband and to celebrate another Minions movie in theaters this summer, I decided to recreate a homemade version. After doing a little research about the original snack cake, here’s what I came up with.
Banana Flip Ingredients
- 1 (15-18 oz.) yellow cake mix
- 1 (3.5 oz.) instant banana pudding mix
- 4 eggs
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 2 3/4 cups powder sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 3/4 cup room temperature butter
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon banana flavor or extract
1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and lightly flour 1-2 9×13 in. pan(s). I used one and just cut my cake in half to fill it. You can use 2 pans and stack the cakes if you wish too.
2. Mush your banana in a large bowl. Stir in the cake and pudding mix.
3. Beat the eggs and milk together before mixing them into the cake mixture.
4. Pour your batter into the cake pan (divide evenly if using 2 pans).
5. Bake for roughly 25-30 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. (or roughly 15-17 minutes if using 2 pans). While your cake is baking, make the filling.
6. Cream together the butter and shortening.
7. Stir in the powder sugar and flour.
8. Mix in the milk and banana extract then use an electric mixer to beat the filling until it is smooth, thick, and fluffy. This will take a good 5-10 minutes, so don’t give up if your filling seems greasy, limp, or lumpy.
9. Once the cake has cooled, invert it onto a serving tray and fill your 2 cakes, or cut your single cake in half and add the filling in between. Chill until 30 minutes before serving.
So, what was the verdict? My husband says I hit the mark and my homemade version of banana flips reminded him exactly of the original snack cake. He greatly enjoyed it. Success!
Of course I had to share a piece with our resident Minion too. After all, I can’t think of bigger fans of bananas than Minions (sorry Donkey Kong). 😉