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