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Banana Coconut Upside-Down Cake


Banana Coconut Upside-Down Cake

I like to make upside-down cakes. I do. I really do! I think about these sort of cakes often. I know, it does sound weird.

But really, it's not that weird if you're into baking. The truth is, I don't bake enough cakes over here.  I know that this also may sound weird coming from a blogger who first started out only intending to blog about cakes (and other sweets). I started this blog one day 4 years ago on a whim. There was no plan. I was missing my Hungarian aunt that was like my grandmother. She used to bake so many Hungarian sweets and especially, cakes. I was reminiscing about her. I used to call her "sweety" because I couldn't pronounce her Hungarian name correctly (Mariskaneni...which means, aunt Maria). I thought I should start to save some of my favorite recipes for my kids, who one day may actually use them. Thinking of my dear "sweety", I came up with the name Cake Duchess. That's how my blog first came about!


I 'm just a girl that loves baking simple and not too fancy things. Like this cake. Please don't be afraid of it because it's an upside-down cake. Why does it scare you? Because you may burn yourself when you flip the pan? Ok, I get it...I do. Because I have burned myself doing the flip thing. More often than I care to remember. But you get better with each flip of the pan. It just takes some practice!

Hey, I was told by my daughter that it's time to bake a cake. She told me I was a slacking in the baking area and suggested a cake with a caramel sauce. I adore any dessert with coconut. I thought that this cake could make up for my lack of cake baking. It did..really, it did! It disappeared in one afternoon. We did even share some with the neighbors. Now that's the sign of a good cake!



I used my lovely cast-iron skillet for this cake. I am recommending you use an 8-inch square pan instead, as it's much easier to flip onto a serving plate. Bananas, coconut, a caramel sauce...oh, my word! Dreamy. Yes, very dreamy!


Banana Coconut Upside-Down Cake
Ingredients
  1. 8 tablespoons unsalted butter,room temp
  2. 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  3. 1 cup granulated sugar (I used 3/4 cup)
  4. 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  5. 2 large eggs
  6. 1 ripe mashed banana
  7. 1 1/3 cups cake flour
  8. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  9. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon allspice (I used cinnamon)
  11. 1/2 cup milk
  12. 1 cup shredded coconut
  13. for the caramel sauce
  14. 4 tbs of unsalted butter
  15. 3/4 cup of lightly packed brown sugar
  16. 2 tbs of dark maple syrup
  17. 3-4 just ripe bananas, sliced diagonally
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. For the sauce-melt butter over a medium heat in a saucepan. Add sugar and maple syrup. Stir for 3 minutes or until bubbling but do not burn.
  3. Pour the sauce into an 8-inch cake pan and coat the base well. Arrange bananas in staggered overlapping rows, covering bottom of pan evenly.
  4. In a large bowl, cream 8 tablespoons of butter, sugar and lemon zest. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined after each. Mix in the mashed banana until combined.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  6. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in three batches, alternating with the milk and starting and ending with the flour.
  7. Sprinkle shredded coconut over the bananas in cake pan. Pour batter into cake pan, and spread evenly over coconut and bananas. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, about 50 minutes (my oven was about 40 minutes). Invert cake carefully onto serving plate.

21 comments

  1. This sounds absolutely amazing Lora - worth the wait ;). I love the caramelized banana and the addition of coconut. What I wouldn't give for a slice...

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  2. What a gorgeous cake!! I'm not afraid of the upside down cake....not scared of a little burn ;)

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  3. I love banana anything and this cake looks amazing!

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  4. What a gorgeous cake! (I love the tropical flavor combo going on here!

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  5. What a wonderful change-up you have with using bananas. It looks delicious and I know it will be one of my husband's favorites.

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  6. I love that your blog started on a whim! I totally identify: I started blogging when I needed to teach new media and just kept going along with it afterwards. I have been looking for upsidedown cakes like crazy recently--I think this might have to be my first! Definitely saving and sharing!

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  7. Love the bananas. My favorite part of a cake like this is that I can trick myself into making it totally okay to have it in the morning. It's got fruit and it would be great with coffee - yup, sounds like breakfast!

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  8. Beautiful cake, Lora. Love that caramel sauce!

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  9. You're making this when I visit right? I mean I'll beg if need be. You just have to. It's sheer perfection.

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  10. ha, I remember the one time (and only one so far) that I made an upside down batch of rolls in the cast iron pan and tried to flip it like it was a cake pan... I don't know how the serving plate is still intact! This cake has amazing flavors Lora! And happy four years! And I'm glad you bake breads too not just cakes!

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  11. Love the idea of using bananas instead of pineapples! Such a lovely cake :)

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  12. I love upside down cakes. This one is so stunning that I literally want to jump up and run into the kitchen to make it. Delicious!

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  13. I always love hearing more about your family history and the background of this blog, Lora. And don't knock simple, one bowl, whip-it-up type cakes. They're my favourite to bake and eat. Sure, we all oooh and aaaah over the stunning layer cakes that are frosted like works of art. But are people really doing to be making those on a lazy weekend afternoon? Nope. I'm saving this so that I can make it because it looks delicious and combines two of my favourite things: banana and coconut! Good on your daughter for encouraging you to get baking ;)

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  14. Uff. What I'd give for a slice (or all the slices) of this delicious looking cake! I love both bananas and coconut. Having them in one dessert makes me weak in the knees.

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  15. This sounds amazing and it looks perfect! I don't bake many cakes either. It's just not my thing but I put an upside down cake on my calendar. It's time to finally try one out!

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  16. Yummo! I have never had an upside down banana cake and its time I change that!!

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  17. I wonder (and you can call me crazy if you'd like) how awesome this would be with a scoop of banana pudding on it, too.
    Signed,
    Crazy for Bananas
    P.S. I want your cake.

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  18. This has me all kinds of upside down! Buonissimo!

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