Yield: approximately 8 servings


1(8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

½ cup unsalted butter, softened 

1¼ cups firmly packed light brown sugar

large eggs

cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)

½ cup sour cream

teaspoon caramel extract

2¼ cups all-purpose flour

1½ teaspoons baking powder 

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

cup chopped walnuts 

tablespoons sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 10½-inch square cast-iron skillet with baking spray with flour. Set aside. 


2. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy, approximately 3 minutes. Add brown sugar, and beat until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.


3. In a small bowl, combine bananas, sour cream, and extract, whisking to combine. Add banana mixture to butter mixture, beating to combine.


4. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture. In a small bowl, combine walnuts and sugar. Spread batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle nut mixture over batter.


5. Bake until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes before serving.