Upside down banana cake: no pictures =(

10 Apr

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.



Recipe is from


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

Whisk together:

1.5 c flour

1 tsp each baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon

3/4 c sugar

Then beat together:

2 TB melted butter

2 eggs

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.


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