Pound Cake Panini With Caramelized Bananas

by Alli

Sometimes you just need a decadent dessert! Well, this is it. Pound Cake Panini with Caramelized Bananas is a quick and easy dessert. The pound cake is crispy, golden brown and served over caramelized bananas. 

I was perusing the dessert menu at one of our favorite restaurants and the dessert for the day was Pound Cake Panini. It was served with bananas and a homemade caramel sauce

I didn’t order the dessert but I did decide to put my own spin on this dessert. Dad’s sour cream pound cake is perfect for the pound cake panini part.

You can use leftover pound cake. Or, buy a Sara Lee pound cake if you’re craving this dessert and don’t want to take the time to make your own pound cake. It’s all good. 

Pound Cake Panini is ready to serve.

What is Panini?

A panini is usually a sandwich made with Italian bread. You can make a panini with a panini press or in a skillet. If using a skillet, you can use a saucepan lid to press the panini sandwich down. Or, you can make a panini just like you make a grilled cheese and forget the pressing. I don’t press.

Pound Cake Panini

To toast a slice of pound cake in a skillet, spread both sides lightly with butter. Heat the skillet over medium heat. Add the pound cake slices and cook, 1-2 minutes per side or until crispy and lightly browned. 

Toast pound cake in skillet.

Panini For A Crowd

If you’re toasting pound cake slices for a crowd, spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 350º F. Place slices of pound cake on the cookie sheet and bake for 5-6 minutes or until lightly browned.

Caramelized Bananas

Instead of serving the bananas plain, I decided to caramelize them.

It’s so easy to caramelize bananas. To toast the pound cake, melt two tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add two sliced bananas and two tablespoons brown sugar. Cook until golden and syrupy, about 4 minutes.

caramelized bananas

Top With Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

If you’re going to enjoy this decadent dessert, you must top it off with a premium vanilla bean ice cream. Blue Bunny Vanilla Bean is my favorite. I was pumped to see that it’s not only a favorite at my house but it’s number one in this taste test

Pound Cake topped with vanilla ice cream

Yield: 2 servings

Pound Cake Panini With Caramelized Bananas

Pound Cake Panini is ready to serve.

Pound Cake Panini with Caramelized Bananas is a quick and easy dessert. The bananas are caramelized and topped with a crispy slice of pound cake. Add a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and dessert is served.


  • Two small bananas, sliced into discs
  • 2 slices pound cake, lightly buttered on both sides
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • Two Tablespoons brown sugar
  • vanilla ice cream


  1. Spread both sides of the pound cake slices with butter. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the cake slices and cook, 1-2 minutes per side or until crispy and lightly browned.
  2. Remove the pound cake from the skillet. In the same skillet, melt two tablespoons butter. Add the sliced bananas and brown sugar. Cook, stirring, until golden and syrupy, about 4 minutes.
  3. Place caramelized bananas on two serving plates. Top with pound cake slices and top with vanilla bean ice cream.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 slice

Amount Per Serving Calories 586Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 100mgSodium 378mgCarbohydrates 82gFiber 3gSugar 57gProtein 7g

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Mitchell A Chaitin June 12, 2019 - 9:07 am

This sounds and looks delicious! All the ingredients are things that I love! I will have to try this, and then try not to eat all of it in one sitting (that is what I have been known to do!).

Terri Steffes June 12, 2019 - 5:25 pm

Looks and sounds delicious! I would definitely order this. I love carmelized bananas any time!

Tasheena June 12, 2019 - 8:38 pm

This recipe would be perfect to make this Sunday for Father’s Day. I know everyone in my home would love it.

Beth June 12, 2019 - 9:38 pm

This looks amazing! I’ve never tried caramelized bananas, but they look delicious.

Rachel June 13, 2019 - 12:46 am

Oh man, this sounds amazing. I love pound cake but this takes it to the next level.

Gladys Nava June 13, 2019 - 4:00 am

Oh my goodness! It looks so delicious! I love to try this recipe for the weekend! Yum yum

Gervin Khan June 13, 2019 - 8:31 am

First time to hear this recipe,it look so easy to make and I am sure everyone will surely like it. Delicious!

Catalina June 13, 2019 - 8:59 am

I wish I had this for breakfast today! I am mouthwatering!

Rena June 13, 2019 - 9:18 am

I definitely shouldn’t be looking at this before breakfast! This looks amazing. I bet you could do it with apples as well!

Kathy June 13, 2019 - 9:42 am

That sure does look amazing. I do love pound cake too. One of my favorites. I bet this tastes delicious!

Ash June 13, 2019 - 11:24 am

Oh yum!! That looks so delicious! I bet the caramelized bananas as divine!

Ruth I June 13, 2019 - 12:42 pm

This dessert would be perfect for my family. I just can’t wait to try this. Looks so yummy!

Louisa June 13, 2019 - 8:33 pm

Oh yum! This recipe makes my mouth water. I don’t think I’ve ever had a Pound Cake Panini before!

Heather June 13, 2019 - 8:43 pm

This looks like a amazing recipe! I will totally try it soon, it looks so good!

Nancy at Whispered Inspirations June 14, 2019 - 1:13 pm

I love making carmelized bananas, I know that this would be perfect with that pound cake. Yummy!

Diana Natal June 14, 2019 - 11:06 pm

I needed a decadent dessert for a gathering tomorrow and this will be perfect! I love carmelized bananas – so excited to share this with our neighbors!

Becca Wilson June 14, 2019 - 11:16 pm

Pound cake is one of my favorite desserts. I will definitely have to give this a try!

Caroline June 16, 2019 - 11:43 pm

This looks incredible! I would never think to use a pound cake as a base like this for a dessert. Making me want to try it now!


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