Banana Upside Down Cake

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Bruce Tracy

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@Bruce_Tracy

I tried this first in a cast iron Dutch oven and because not everyone has that type of pot converted it to the common cake pan. If you bake this in a Dutch (camp) oven use 2 cake mixes.

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Yum, yum, yum! We were unable to find banana cake mix in our area, so substituted a butter cake mix and 1 teaspoon of banana extract instead. The finished cake was simply divine. The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 6 votes

Comments:
Serves:
12-15
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
40 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

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  • 1 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 6 Tbsp
    butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 c
    Kirsch (cherry brandy, optional)
  • 6-8
    bananas, peeled and sliced lengthwise
  • 1
    10 oz. bottle maraschino cherries, drained and lightly chopped
  • 1
    banana flavored cake mix, or a yellow cake mix with 1 teaspoon banana extract.
  • 1/4 c
    poppy seeds

How to Make Banana Upside Down Cake

Step-by-Step

  1. Evenly spread the brown sugar and butter in the bottom of 9x13 cake pan. Pour in the optional Kirsch.
  2. Press the bananas flat side down into the brown sugar and butter. Sprinkle the cherries over the bananas.
  3. Prepare the cake mix according to box directions and carefully pour over the fruit. Sprinkle the poppy seeds over the batter.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes. Check with a toothpick or table knife and add a few more minutes if not done. It will pull away from the edges a bit when ready.
  5. Let it cool for 20 minutes and place a small cutting board on the cake pan and then flip it over. Serve from the cutting board.
    Note: The alcohol in the Kirsch evaporates, leaving a slightly nutty cherry taste.

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About Banana Upside Down Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American




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