The Birthday Cake – A Tale Of Two Desserts

My youngest daughter asked for my help this week in making a birthday cake for her boyfriend. My heart skipped a joyful beat. For me as a parent, the best compliment my children can give me is asking for my help to make or create something with them.

She wanted it to be special, but not too difficult or expensive. We tossed around a few ideas when she casually mentioned that he really liked Pineapple Upside Down Cake, but without the pineapple. Not a fan of pineapple. What he really liked was the texture of the cake and the caramelized top. This got me thinking about other fruit options to replace the pineapple.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake is kind of a retro type dessert and it occurred to me that Bananas Foster is also another popular dessert from the same era, the 1950s. So we combined the two desserts to come up with Bananas Foster Upside Down Cake. The only disappointing thing about it is that I didn’t think of it sooner.

It comes together pretty quick. I think the most important note is prep your pan really well. In the past I’ve had issues with a regular Pineapple Upside Down Cake sticking to the pan, but thankfully that didn’t happen today. The last thing you want for a special dessert is half of it stuck in the pan.

I hope you go “bananas” for this cake! It’s definitely a fun twist on an old classic ♥️

Bananas Foster Upside Down Cake

1/2 cup melted butter, divided

3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed

1 Tbsp dark rum

2 medium bananas

1 1/4 cup flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2/3 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously coat a 9×2″ round pan with nonstick spray. Pour 1/4 cup of melted butter in bottom of pan, mix in rum and distribute. Add brown sugar and evenly distribute over butter. Peel bananas and slice in coins then arrange in single layer on top of butter, rum, and brown sugar, pressing down slightly. In a medium bowl, combine rest of ingredients with a hand held mixer, blending for 2 minutes. Pour batter into pan over bananas. Bake 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes in pan. Invert with a plate on top of pan to remove cake. Fully cool at room temperature. Garnish with whipped cream and extra banana slices, if desired.

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