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 8×8 cake and it’s pretty easy to throw together. 

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!

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megan
megan
11 years ago

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?

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

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
April
11 years ago

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

Ingrid_3Bs
Ingrid_3Bs
11 years ago

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

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cookies and cups
11 years ago

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
Mini Baker
11 years ago

oh my GOSH! those truffles look so sinful!

Mara Campbell
Mara Campbell
11 years ago

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!!!

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Save the Date for Cupcakes
11 years ago

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

Lot-O-Choc
Lot-O-Choc
11 years ago

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!

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11 years ago

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.

Unknown
Unknown
11 years ago

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

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Ylva | DAGENS
10 years ago

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
marla
10 years ago

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 🙂

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10 years ago

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10 years ago

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

Shuhada Daud
Shuhada Daud
10 years ago

WOW! Very creative. Thanks for great idea.

Amrita
Amrita
9 years ago

Love ur Creations…….

sophie
sophie
9 years ago

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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NOBODY
5 years ago

For some reason I can't visualize the recipe of the Banana Upside-Down Cake…