Making Banana Upside-Down Cake


This basic cake formula and set of procedures can be used with a variety of fruits. But me, I think upside down cake was made for bananas. They’re just too perfect paired with dark caramel and nutmeg, plus they make a nice compliment to the fluffy, slightly dense and tangy crumb. Start by gathering your ingredients and preheating your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Start with your form. Apply a little cooking spray or small amount of butter to your pan…


Upside-Down Cake Recipe

Though you can make this cake with pretty much any fruit, bananas are my go-to, mostly because they’re always in season and they caramelize so nicely. Also you don’t see too terribly many banana upside-down cakes. But they’re delicious. This one is adapted from an early Craft restaurant cookbook, from back before Tom Colicchio was a caricature. It’s a great oh-no-I-forgot-we’re-having-company-tonight cake. A low-investment knockout. You’ll need:

For the Topping

3 medium bananas (or equivalent of peaches, apricots, pineapple, cherries, apples or pears)
7 ounces (1 cup) sugar
2 ounces (4 tablespoons) butter

For the Cake

7.5 ounces (1 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
7 ounces (1 cup) sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2.5 ounces (1/3 cup) melted butter
2 eggs, room temperature
4 ounces (1/2 cup) buttermilk, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract