Sunday, May 4, 2008

Banana Upside Down Cake

photo by Rachel Valley
Buttery Banana Goodness!

3 small to medium size bananas
2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 cup clarified butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Halve bananas lengthwise, then crosswise.
2. In a saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar with about 2 tablespoons water (so the mix looks like damp sand). Melt over high heat, swirling the pan occasionally, until the sugar caramelizes. When the caramel is dark amber, add the butter and stir to combine. Pour mixture immediately into an 8-inch cake pan. Arrange the bananas in the caramel, cut side down.
3. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In a mixer, using a whisk attachment, combine the remaining sugar and the clarified butter. With the mixture on low, add the eggs, one at a time. Add the buttermilk and vanilla. Add the flour mixture to the batter a third at a time. Pour the batter over the bananas and bake until the cake springs back and begins to pull away from the sides, about 50 minutes. Allow the cake to cool for 5 minutes, then invert onto a serving plate. Serve warm or at room temperature.

From Parade February 22, 2004
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katie jean said...

this looks beautiful, and yummy!

Rachelle said...

I've never heard of banana upside down cake! Sounds delish!

Sweet Bird said...

This looks fabulous! It's definitely getting bookmarked...

Caviar and Codfish said...

Heh! Glad to have found your blog - great recipe. (And I love the blog name!)

Lucy said...

Oh my gosh that does look delicious!

Ingrid said...

Just found your blog. So glad I did! The recipes look delish, espcially this banana upside down cake and your photos are outstanding!

Thanks for the recipe!

Lauren Giordano said...

Made this recipe today and it is awesome!! Thanks!