Friday, June 17, 2011

Upside Down Banana Cake

 What an amazing fruit - Bananas! It has so much to offer and it's often underestimated. Bananas are extraordinary on cakes and desserts like no other fruit bringing a lot of flavor, texture and moisteners  to the recipe. I know several people who doesn't like fresh bananas but loves bananas in a dessert - very understandable - after they have been cooked, it tastes almost like another fruit! Its texture easily absorbs flavors from spices and condiments and for this reason the combination "cinnamon and banana" are such a big hit. I particularly like it after baked and still warm - could be in a cake, a tart, or anywhere else - somehow the smell and taste of it is unbeatable.It's very important to use ripe bananas in this recipe to achieve its best flavor  and texture after baked.The batter for this amazing cake is super rich and moist because of its alkaline property caused by sour cream and baking soda combined. This mixture create bubbles that expand to keep the batter moist and fluffy for a while. 

Oh, not forgetting the upside down technique that gives a sharp and clean look to the cake, just like a pro!

3 big ripe bananas
8 tbsp unsalted butter + 2 tbsp for caramelization
2/3 cup light brown sugar (don't press it down to measure)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 tbsp vanilla extract

ps:attention to the soundtrack -all about bananas!


  1. This looks delicious! I just found your blog and I love what I see!!! Your accent is so cute! My parents are Portuguese from the Azores so I love finding Portuguese recipes like your cod fritters below :)

  2. I'm so glad to see you here again!You have a lot of great recipes and photos!

  3. Oh my gosh - this sounds delicious.

  4. This looks so tasty...I baked banana upside-down cake once, with peanut butter...delicious...I'll try your version... ^_^
    I love sour cream in cakes...

  5. hello, i love all the pictures and videos that you post up. but i have a horrible memory and i would very much like to print our your recipe and stick on my fridge, so the video doesn't help me on that. :(

    was wondering if you could incorporate the steps in writing next time? thank youuu. stay pretty. :)

  6. Another great and simple recipe. Watching your videos makes it look so easy and like so much them! And great soundtrack too.

  7. Looks so delicious, and I would absolutely LOVE to try making this but the price of Bananas in Australia is ridiculous, CRAZY through the roof! I used to eat them everyday but we had floods here about 4-5 months ago and our crops were heavily damaged, but as soon as it goes down, I'll be all Oberon this recipe!

  8. This cake could not look more beautiful. Love this post :)

  9. this cake looks wonderful! I can only imaging how great it taste!

  10. Hello! I am a new follower of your blog.
    I'm from Mallorca and I do not know English but I like your recipes and to keep your videos and learn new desserts.

    Congratulations on the blog.


  11. Hi There!

    First i wanne say i love your blog!
    Its so fresh and nice to look at and the recipes are amazing!
    But my question is witch camera do you use for filming and taking pictures?
    Do you also use daylight or a screen?

    Keep up the good cooking!!

    Greatz Louise
    From Holland (a really small country)

  12. Hi Raiza!
    From Mexico,I'm a big fan of your blog; your recipes are great and nothing intimidating, congrats and keep up the good cooking.

  13. I already tried your recipe.
    I only can tell you how delicious it tastes.
    Thanks for your spirit and of couse, for your wonderful recipe!

  14. Awesome recipe! I made your cake the other night and it came out fantastic. Dig the dance.


  15. Hello =) I love your recipes and videos =) awesome dancing while baking. Today, i just make the Upside Down Banana Cake! Delicious! My whole family loved it =) Shall try your Hazlenut Choco Tart soon. <3<3

  16. Made this today. I love this recipe, i think this will be my basic recipe for cakes from now on, maybe even for cupcakes.

    Thanks so much.
    - Marissa

  17. for those who's asking for this.

    correct me if i'm wrong.

    hv a nice day everyone.!

    1. Slice the banana evenly.Coat with half of a lime juice to prevent from browning.(optional)
    2. In the baking pan, put 2 tbsp unsalted butter and 2/3 cup light brown sugar,cinnamon then caramelize the mixture on the stove.
    3. Then spread the caramel evenly on the baking pan,then on top of that, layer the sliced banana.
    4. Preheat the oven 350F.
    5. Sift together flour,baking soda,salt.
    6. In the mixing bowl,put the remaining butter(room temp).Mix until white and fluffy.
    7. Add the sugar slowly.Scrape the side of the bowl occasionally.
    8. Add egg one at a time.
    9. Put the sour cream a little at a time.
    10. Add the vanilla extract.Mix it well.
    11. Add the sifted flour.Mix carefully.(The mix will come up a bit thick,but it's ok)
    12. Gently spread the batter on the layered banana.
    13. Bake for approx 40min at 350F.

  18. Can I use plain yogurt if I can't find sour cream? Thanks!

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  20. Is it okay if you can make more cake ideas for kids. Could you make a chocolate strawberry cake with blue and pink icing, and can you put it on video? I like your pie count down. And I like your ideas, but this time can you wink twice? How old is your dog? What is your dog's name and I like your fancy stuff. Lauren age 6 (sorry, I'm typing what I am told - hee hee)

    love lauren

  21. Hi Raiza,

    I love the video editing, music, the blog set up, and your style (all the way from the way you dress to the utensils you use). Everything is so idiosyncratic of who you seem to be- bubbly, silly, and a really nice person. Thanks for all these videos! I am really experienced with doing anything in the kitchen (aside from eating) and so this has been extremely helpful.

    God bless,
    Dorky California Girl

  22. Hello!

    I would like to serve the cake warm to my visits but I won't be at home just before they arrive. So, do you think it's a bad idea leave the cake ready for the oven for 2 hours and then bake it?

    1. Bad idea, the eggs and the leaveners may lose its power to rise after 2 hrs ;(

  23. Your recipes are marvelous! They are just easy to follow and I love your friendly style. You are just genius in cooking since you find out all these skills in the internet. I would love to see your new recipes posted more often. Thumbs up!!!

  24. O que seria sour cream???? Eu sei o que é aí, para mim parece mais como uma coalhada, um creme azedo. Mas a tradução é para creme de leite. Qual produto seria sour cream aqui no Brasil? Quero fazer esta torta para a Páscoa. Teria algum ingrediente que eu ache aqui para substituir? O iogurte por exemplo?
    Obrigada!! Tatiana

  25. Raiza. sério, sou eternamente grato por essa receita. A massa é incrível, leve, areada, úmida e muito saborosa. Meu bolo de banana favorito. Aliás acho que rola fazer com outras frutas. Beijo!

    Tatiana, sour cream no Brasil é caro e difícil de achar. Dá pra fazer em casa, mistura creme de leite fresco ou nata com um pouco de suco de limão (para cada 1 xic, 1 col de sopa). Funciona perfeitamente.

  26. Tried this recipe, it all worked out well, the taste is good, however mine didnt come out good at all, it stuck to the pan..i thought of greasing the pan first but since you didnt and just used the caremelized sugar i thought it would as good for me too..but no :( so the cake tastes good, but my top with the bananas and sugar got all stuck to the bottom of the pretty cake :(

  27. Omg! I just made this! THIS IS AWESOME!!!! it really was, thank you for sharing this, I hope some someday I could be as talented as you are :) you are the best!

  28. hallo dear :) i made it, it's still in the oven. i also put cinnamon in cake, hope it comes out as pretty as yours ;) if will, i'll put it on my blog of couse

  29. Hi Raiza- Thank you for your wonderful video! Is it ok if the bananas are overripe? I have so many and they're a little brown

  30. Eu fiz. Raiza é sério, essa receita é maravilhosa! eu amei demais <3
    Parabéns pela receita e pelo site e pelos vídeos... Tudo é perfeito!

  31. hello,
    can yogurt be used instead of sour cream, I know someone asked before but I couldn't find the answer.
    Thakn you!

  32. Made it and loved it! And I don't even like bananas, or so I thought. Love your sites and videos. Your energy is so positive!

  33. Made it today and was a huge hit ... thanks for sharing