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Banana Upside Down Cake with Chocolate Chips

Banana Upside Down Cake with Chocolate Chips

Whenever I have bananas that have gotten a little too ripe, I let them go until they are over ripe at which time I toss them into the freezer until the next time a recipe calls for over ripe bananas. Of course my favorite recipes that call for over ripe bananas are banana breads which are really easy to make and are always so good! The other day, I encountered some of those over ripe bananas in my freezer and I thought that it was the perfect time to make a banana bread! I had just been itching to try something new with the next banana bread that I made and this was the perfect opportunity. Banana bread recipes, and in fact all quick bread recipes, are very similar to cake recipes and I had been wanting to try making my next banana bread in the form of an upside-down banana cake topped with caramelized banana slices!

For the recipe, I decided to start with my recipe for a chocolate chip and sour cream banana bread and I simply made it in a cake pan rather than a loaf pan with a layer of brown sugar and butter topped with sliced bananas on the bottom. I also modified the recipe slightly by replacing some of the all purpose flour with some whole wheat flour. The banana upside down cake turned out really well! The brown sugar and butter on the bottom caramelized with the bananas perfectly creating a beautiful layer of caramelized banana-y goodness. The rest of the banana cake was nice a light and moist. I normally eat quick breads like this for breakfast and yet I feel a little guiltier doing so when the same recipe is called a cake. Oh well, breakfasts are looking good for the next few days while the supplies last. :)

Banana Upside Down Cake with Chocolate Chips

Banana Upside Down Cake with Chocolate Chips

(makes 6-9 servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
2-3 ripe bananas (peeled and sliced)
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
1/2 cup sour cream
2 overripe bananas (mashed)
1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Melt the butter in a pan along with the brown sugar.
2. Pour the mixture into the bottom of an 8 inch square baking dish and spread it out.
3. Cover with a layer of sliced bananas.
4. Mix the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and in a large bowl.
5. Cream the butter and brown sugar in another bowl.
6. Stir the eggs, sour cream and bananas into the butter and sugar.
7. Stir the dry ingredients into the banana mixture.
8. Stir in the chocolate chips.
9. Gently spread the batter over the bananas in the pan
10. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until a tooth pick pushed into the center comes out clean, about 40-50 minutes.

Similar Recipes:
Chocolate Chip and Sour Cream Banana Bread
Bananas Foster Pancakes
Strawberry Sour Cream Bread
Curried Mango Bread

41 comments:

Juliana said...

Oh my god, that looks dangerously good! I recently made your Chocolate Pots de Creme. Delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

The Stoner Gourmand said...

Once again, you've made my salivary glands gush.

Stacy said...

OMG, please come to my house and make this for me! Haha - it looks amazeballs!

Jane said...

This even looks good enough to make for a party, where plain ole banana bread wouldn't cut it. It's now on my list!

Bridgett said...

This is perfection with the bananas all golden and caramelized on top. I will be making this. Definitely.

Christina said...

Yum this is like my bananas foster upside down cake! Thanks for reminding me of it, I need to make it again! :) I freeze my old bananas too!

jenisnape said...

Looks delish! Can't wait to try it out :D

Cherine said...

This is a fabulous cake!! Looks really good!

Lilly said...

This one looks absolutly wonderful!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wow, that upside down cake is terrific! I love the idea of suing chocolate chips and bananas!

Cheers,

Rosa

Jan said...

That's one yummy looking cake!!

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

This looks so beautiful - I love that it has banana in the cake and sliced on top of it too :)

Joanne said...

Maybe the remedy for your guilt is to call it banana upside-down bread :P Looks amazing! I would totally be eating it for breakfast!

Ivy said...

OMG, this looks so tempting to make but I will resist as unfortunately I'm on diet.

Taylor said...

Wow your pictures are making me drool!! This looks ahhhh-mazing!

Steph said...

That looks too beautiful! I still have yet to make an upside down cake.

Ana Powell said...

Delicious and beautiful x

Rosh said...

Hi Kevin! That looks de-lish!!Your blog is awesome and inspiring :) What brand of chocolate chips do you use?

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Oh, wow, that's over the top nanalicious!

Katrina said...

Ooh, Kevin, yummy. I love everything with bananas, but especially with chocolate added!

Jennifer said...

ok ... WOW!!!! Now this is taking 2 favs and making a masterpiece!!!

Mhel said...

looks like a tatin like cookie cake... yummy!

Kiki said...

Kevin,

You are phenom! I look at your food and I instantly want to drop everything I am doing and go to the grocery store and start cooking...my gosh, your food inspires AWWWWW in me...

XOXO
Kiki

Kevin said...

Rosh: For something like a banana bread/cake I do not normally go all out on the chocolate chips. This time I had an open bag of Hershey's Special Dark 50% Cacao Chipits that I wanted to finish so I used them.

robin @ penny pinching provisions said...

YUM! That sounds delicious!

Ginger said...

This looks great!

My question is: How well does it come out of your dish? Do you need to grease it, or use parchment paper?

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

This looks deliciously sinful :)

Bonpierce said...

I made this tonight and it came out great, even better than I expected.I used yogurt instead of sour cream because I was out and it worked fine.

meeso said...

Now that's a great idea! Gonna have to try this :)

Kevin said...

Ginger: It comes out of the pan surprisingly well. The caramelized bottom does not stick at all and you can easily run a knife along the sides of the cake.

Linda Gomes Dijkshoorn said...

Wauw, recipes like these truely make me happy! I don't have much of a sweet tooth but anything with banana in it will be eaten instantly if not protected =]

Love your blog, you're a true inspiration for mine!

cheers,
Linda

TaGa_Luto said...

Okay, Kevin...today my supervisor showed me a recipe that she wanted to bake for our residents and lo' and behold she showed me this recipe=;) So, let's see how this banana upside down cake will come out for a 100 pax=;)I'll get back to ya' later.

Shamrocks and Shenanigans said...

Ok this I am bookmarking...which I never do. LOL I make banana bread with chocolate chips all the time for my kids. In fact it is an unspoken rule that the last two bananas are for that. I have to make this!
Shamrocks and Shenanigans

Jamie said...

Wow! this puts my ordinary chocolate chip banana bread to shame! Stunning!

Anonymous said...

Just tried to make this...and the bottom layer got stuck to the pan! I was so disappointed that it didn't come out like your sumptuous-looking photo. What did I do wrong?

Kevin said...

Anonymous: What kind of baking pan did you use? I normally use the glass/pyrex pan and it slides out easily.

เรื่องเล่า..เก้าอิม said...

Wonderful!!. Look so yummy..I would like to try this recipe once.

Mª del Mar Hermoso said...

How can it be so mmmmmmmm?

BlondeBomber said...

banana is one of my absolute FAVE ingredients. I just made some of the best cupcakes ever with ripe bananas! I will make this next. THANKS!

Sherry Smith-Noble said...

This looks very good. I'm trying it tonight. Thanks for the recipe.

Jessie C. said...

I just made this! Delicious, moist, and I love the hint of cinnamon. Great recipe. 5 stars!

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