I wrote this post right after spring break and I still didn’t have a camera phone, so I borrowed the iPhone of my roommate’s friend who was staying with us, and took pictures with her phone. Then I kept pestering her to send me those pictures because she left before I downloaded them, and they are gone I guess. So no photos, but the recipe is pretty great so I thought I’d share it anyway.
Wrapping up spring break. Yesterday I got home after being away for 12 days and I was exhausted, so I spent the day making a Pseudo-Seder feast (used wheat thins for matzoh, spaghetti squash for kugel, and this AWESOME VEGETARIAN CHOPPED LIVER made of onions, hard-boiled eggs, and walnuts) and wrapped it up with this beautiful upside down banana cake.
It’s much like the chocolate chip banana loaf I made a few weeks ago. My roommates liked this cake better, I liked the loaf better, who’s to say?
The upside down part is the best: melt some butter and brown sugar in your cake pan directly on the stove. I was freaking out about putting Pyrex on top of my gas burners but it worked so yay! Then slice up a banana or two and arrange them artfully on the caramel-y layer. It’s okay if there’s patches in the butter-brown sugar bit, they’ll melt away as the cake bakes. Sprinkle a little lemon juice on those cut up bananas.
Next, put together your dough. As per usual, you’ll whisk together your dry ingredients- flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder.
Melt a bit of butter (I love the microwave), then mash or blend two bananas. I didn’t have any frozen ones this time so I used fresh, slightly ripe ones. It’s far better with overripe bananas: more banana taste and more moisture. Stir in a splash of vanilla, two eggs, and some greek yogurt.
Mix your wet ingredients into your dry…
And throw in a handful or two of chocolate chips.
Then pour the whole batter over the topping, and chuck it in the oven.
1/3 c brown sugar with
2 TB butter
in your cake pan directly on the stove
Then top it beautifully with:
3 sliced bananas
and sprinkle with lemon juice. Set aside
1.5 c flour
1 tsp each baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon
3/4 c sugar
Then beat together:
2 TB melted butter
2 mashed bananas
1/2 c yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
Mix these wet ingredients with your dry, then sprinkle in
1 c chocolate chips
and put it in your prepared pan. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or so.