Banana Cake

This is an upside-down Banana Cake pretty much like a Tarte Tatin, but with a silky butter & buttermilk based batter instead of the traditional pastry.

Try the step-by-step recipe below and check the banana cake variations in the Tips & tricks section, below the recipe!

Banana Cake Recipe

... with a thick layer of heavy caramelized bananas and a silky, buttery batter!

Banana Cake Recipe

... with a thick layer of heavy caramelized bananas and a silky, buttery batter!
Banana Cake
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Meal Brunch, Dinner
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes

Banana Cake Recipe Ingredients

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Banana Cake topping ingredients
Banana Cake batter ingredients

Banana Cake Recipe Instructions

Preparing the banana topping
  1. Preheat the oven to 160 Celsius degrees or 325 Fahrenheit degrees
  2. Take a 8 inch / 20 cm cake pan and keep it at hand
  3. Peel the bananas, then cut them in halves lengthwise, then crosswise
  4. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan (the 30g water will just dampen the sugar)
  5. Melt over medium or high heat, shaking the pan occasionally, until the sugar turns light amber and caramelizes, but *do not stir in the pan* at this stage
  6. At this moment add the butter *carefully* and stir to combine
  7. Pour the caramel in the cake pan and arrange the banana slices evenly in the caramel cut side down
Preparing the Banana Cake batter
  1. Sift the flour with the baking powder and salt and set aside
  2. In a bowl large enough for all the batter quantity start whisking the sugar and the clarifier butter (or use a stand mixer with whisk attachment)
  3. Then add eggs one at a time while continuing to whisk lightly (or on low with the mixer)
  4. Add the buttermilk and vanilla
  5. Add the flour mixture to the batter, half of it at a time, or one third at a time, depending on the bowl sizes
  6. Finally pour the batter over the bananas in the cake pan and set it in the oven for about 50 minutes or until the cake is starting to pull away from the sides
  7. At the end allow the banana cake to cool down for 5 - 10 minutes, then turn it over a serving plate
  8. Serve it warm, right away, or let it cool and serve it with chocolate ice cream!

Banana Cake Recipe Tips & Tricks

Banana Cake

This upside down banana cake is dead simple to make and pretty much nothing can go wrong with it .. well at least not until Murphy's laws come into place :-D

Remember not to stir in the caramelised sugar before adding the butter, because the caramel is actually a supersaturated sugar solution looking for the slightest excuse to crystalize. Don't give it unnecessary reasons!

Also take care while adding the butter in the hot caramel - sometimes it can pop out of the pan seeking for the hands - wear gloves, stay safe.

Use a cast-iron skillet instead of the cake pan and a saucepan altogether if the cast-iron skillet has the outer walls high enough; just make the caramel in the skillet, let it cool for 2-3 minutes then add the bananas, then pour the batter and bake the banana cake in the skillet.

Now, as variations, throw in some chocolate chips, maple syrup and muscovado sugar like this recipe which is delicious; or go wild with a peanut butter and cocoa-rich banana cake recipe that rocks!

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