Banana Upside Down Cake

Banana Upside Down Cake is incredibly moist and flavorful dessert, but it could be great breakfast or snack, too. You can’t go wrong if serve piece of this cake with toasted pecans and  caramel sauce on top.

This delicious Banana Upside Down Cake has rich flavor thanks to mashed bananas in the batter and a layer of banana slices in caramel sauce on top. This cake could be breakfast! It’s rich and dense cake, but very moist at the same time. It’s something between bread and a cake.

This recipe starts with creaming butter and sugar, like most of the cake recipe. It should provide light and airy texture, but I combined all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour to make richer flavor and denser texture. It goes really well with caramel and banana.

So in the end, this Banana Upside Down Cake turned out great but resemble to delicious banana bread. To provide moist texture I used plain Greek yogurt, but you could use sour cream as well.

This delicious cake combine banana and whole wheat flour, so you can’t ignore the fact that  it is very nutritious. Therefore feel free to eat a big fat slice of this cake for breakfast.

My favorite part is caramel. It matches perfectly with banana flavor. First, there is sticky butter and brown sugar topping that caramelizes as the cake bakes. That’s what I love about every upside down cakes.

BANANA UPSIDE DOWN CAKE

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4.5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • About 3 bananas sliced into 1/4-1/3 inch rounds
For the cake batter:
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter-softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 cup mashed overripe bananas
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
For Caramel Glaze:
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease 8 x 8 x 2 inch square cake pan or 9 x 2 inch round cake pan. The pan must be 8 cups volume (cake will overflow 8 x 8 x 1 1/2 inch square pan, it has only 6 cup volume)
  • Spread 2/3 cup brown sugar on the bottom of the pan and scattered pieces of butter (4.5 Tbsp). Place the pan in the oven for 5-7 minutes (until butter has melted). Remove from the oven and stir butter and sugar and spread evenly on the bottom. Arrange sliced bananas to cover the bottom. Set Aside.
  • To make the batter in a bowl stir together dry ingredients ( flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt), set aside.
  • In a large bowl cream 1/3 cup butter and ¾ cup sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix to combine. Add Greek yogurt and mashed bananas and mix to combine.
  • Turn your mixer on low and add dry ingredients mixture. Mix just to combine. Pour the batter over bananas, smooth the top and bake. Bake 30 minutes at 350 F, then reduce the heat to 325 F and bake for additional 25-35 minutes until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out completely clean.
  • Let it cool in the pan completely, or at least until the bottom is barely warm before inverting on the plate. Use a knife to loosen the edges from the pan, place a plate upside-down on top of the pan, then invert cake.
  • To make caramel glaze in a saucepan combine butter, brown sugar, heavy cream and salt and bring to boil over medium heat stirring constantly. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, remove from heat and let it sit for 1-2 minutes. Pour 2/3 of the glaze over the banana layer. Reserve leftovers of the caramel glaze for serving.
  • The glaze thickens as it cools and pale in colors!!!
  • When serving reheat the leftovers of the glaze and drizzle on each slice. Sprinkle with toasted chopped pecans if desired. You can also top each slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

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