Upside-Down Banana Bread Cake

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Everyone has their version of banana bread, whether they prefer it super moist and fluffy or dry and dense. This upside-down banana bread cake recipe from Averie at Averie Cooks recipe blog is a fine-crumbed, fluffy banana cake, with banana as the star. Averie adores banana bread, so it only makes sense that she would create this version, which involves a rich caramel sauce. Think bananas foster recipes which involve flambéing bananas in a rum caramel sauce. This cake doesn’t use any alcohol but otherwise follows in a similar vein.

The tenderness of the cake can be attributed to the amount of banana in the mix (bananas go directly into the batter and are baked on top of the cake), as well as the amount of oil. This cake is the indulgent version of banana bread recipe, rather than the healthy kind, because it incorporates plenty of oil and sugar to create the best tasting version you have ever eaten. Although you may be tempted to turn the cake into a healthier dessert recipe by replacing the granulated sugar with a more natural sweetener, substituting may result in a very different texture to the finished product. Granulated sugars form a critical component to desserts because of their sweetness, but also to how they bind the liquid and dry ingredients together. Using honey or agave syrup may not have the same binding effect. If you are looking for some added nutritional benefits to your dessert recipes, however, anything with banana is a good place to start. The nutritional value of banana means that those who consume it can obtain a mix of beneficial nutrients just by consuming a single medium-sized banana. Averie’s upside down banana cake recipe uses five or six bananas for a small, 8x8 inch cake, which means that each person will be enjoying a generous amount of bananas health benefits with each serving. Bananas contain high vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber, among other nutrients.

Although the origins of banana bread are unclear, it is likely that it became a staple dessert during the 1930s when leaveners like baking soda and baking powder became widely available. To this day, any quick bread recipe will almost always contain baking powder or soda, which act quickly to raise the batter, and create fluffiness and stability in a loaf. The key to successful quick bread or cake baking is to use fresh baking powder and soda. These leaveners should be stored in a dry place and sealed carefully for optimum freshness. These items should be able to be stored for one year.

If you are looking for fun desserts to serve to your family or at your next party, this banana cake recipe can be a conversation piece because of its presentation as an upside down cake with banana slices layering the surface and a caramel syrup on top. This banana recipe will be as fun to eat as it is showstopping. Thank you to Averie, at Averie Cooks recipe blog, for sharing her upside-down banana bread cake recipe with us.

Nutrition Facts for: Upside-Down Banana Bread Cake From Averie Cooks
Ingredients: Unsalted butter, light brown sugar, bananas, egg, granulated sugar, vegetable oil, sour cream, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 9 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 402, Calories from Fat 167, Total Fat 18.6g 29%, Saturated Fat 8.8g 44%, Cholesterol 51mg 17%, Sodium 229mg 10%, Potassium 378mg 11%, Carbohydrates 58.4g 19%, Dietary Fiber 2.4g 10%, Sugars 38.9g, Protein 3.3g, Vitamin A 9%, Vitamin C 11%, Calcium 5%, Iron 6%

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