Thursday, January 21, 2010

Banana Upside-Down Cake




I'm taking just a slight detour from my planned chocolate route this week.  Lots of chocolate recipes are scattered about the office, and my desk is beginning to remind me of my purse: it is big and unorganized, but generally holds some useful and needed information. Unfortunately, I can't navigate it right now.  

The banana upside down cake came about out of necessity.  I really hate to waste food, and we always tend to have a couple of bananas quickly going south.  I'm always trying to salvage bananas by making banana bread, and although it is very good, we never seem to finish the entire loaf.




In the name of conservation, I did my research, and in the end I spliced two recipes together. I wanted the cake to be small so we could eat it before it spoiled. It needed to be delicious so we would eat it before it spoiled.  I'm happy to say that this cake meets all the criteria.  It is moist and delicious, makes a small 8x8 cake and it's pretty easy to throw together. 


Banana Upside-Down Cake

This recipe is a good way to use up slightly ...

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I'm hoping to get back on track with my chocolate-ing very soon.  I recently had (what I would call) a chocolate fail.  I've been researching red wine truffles, and I tried a recipe that looked promising.  The ganache never set properly (too much wine maybe?) and even after freezing them overnight they still didn't set. The picture below may look alright, but I had to salvage the chocolate ganache by encasing it in candy coating.
 


I just want a dark chocolate/red wine truffle with a beautiful red center. Is that too much to ask?  I'm not there yet, but it's a work in progress!


18 comments:

megan said...

Oohhh, I hope you get the red wine truffle figured out too!!! That sounds excellent and I would love to make those. Love chocolate and wine! The banana bread looks good too. I dont see the bananas in the recipe. How many did you use?

scorpiowoman said...

This green plate is so beautiful. And your cake on it even more tempting. I like the way you put your bananas on the cake.

April said...

This cake makes me think tropical!! Can't wait until you get the truffles worked out! Dark chooclate and red wine sounds delish!

Ingrid said...

Now you're talking! My family and I MUCH prefer bananas to chocolate so this is right up our alley. Yum! Thanks for sharing!
~ingrid

cookies and cups said...

that banana cake look gorgeous and I have to say that truffle looks yummy even though they weren't what you were wanting. Is there such a thing as too much wine ? :)

Mini Baker said...

oh my GOSH! those truffles look so sinful!

Mara... said...

First of all, that banana cake looks amazing. My son would just LOVE it!!! And the truffle looks sooo good. I know it probably didn't act the way you wanted it to, but i'm sure it tasted good! And I agree with the other comment...is there such thing as too much wine? LOL!!!

Save the Date for Cupcakes said...

Yummm again! Just read your "about me" section~ Made some Nonpareils Heart cupcakes for a Valentine's Party! Stop by;o)

http://savethedateforcupcakes.blogspot.com/2010/01/early-valentines-party.html

Natalie... said...

Oooh your cake looks delicious, I always have bananas that need to be used as well and this recipe looks perfect. And yummm at the truffle!! MM!

Viagra Online said...

how delicious are all these banana cakes, I found them all, as very tasty as anything. Also I would like to recommmend to anybody this pastry that it is so deliciuos.

Stephanie said...

Is it possible to use cake flour, or are they too different? Thanks for any response from foodies who know more than I...

Ylva | DAGENS said...

Hello Heather!
I tried your Banana Upside down cake today and it was a total sucess! The whole bunch of people who tried it said it was amazing!

I found your blog via my friend who hosts a kawaii blog, Hawaii Kawaii, here in Sweden and I must say your blog is very good & Beautiful!

Kind regards from Snowy Sweden!

marla said...

Heather, I had NO idea you were working on a book. Can't wait to hear more about is. Will be linking to this cake today :)

Generic Viagra Online said...

That is a good and delicious recipe, thanks for sharing it.

acheter cialis said...

SO many times I read stupid post but this time I must say i'm impressed! Well done! Cheers!

Shuhada Daud said...

WOW! Very creative. Thanks for great idea.

Amrita said...

Love ur Creations.......

sophie said...

Ooooh I love banana cake, those bananas look like little fish. XD
Still, I bet those would go quite nicely with some hot custard. mmmmm

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