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    Caramel-Walnut Upside-Down Banana Cake

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    1 hr 26 mins

    30 mins

    56 mins

    Leslie in Texas's Note:

    This is a new take on the standard pineapple upside-down cake. Brown sugar caramel and walnuts top a super moist banana cake. From the March 2008 issue on Bon Appetit.

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    For Topping

    For Cake


    1. 1
    2. 2
      Spray 8 inch round cake pan with 2 inch high sides with nonstick spray.
    3. 3
      Bring butter,sugar and corn syrup to boil in medium saucepan, stirring constantly until butter melts:boil for 1 minute.
    4. 4
      Stir in nuts;spread topping in prepared pan and let cool completely.
    5. 5
    6. 6
      Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    7. 7
      Sift first four ingredients into medium bowl.
    8. 8
      Using electric mixer, beat butter and both sugars in large bowl until blended.
    9. 9
      Beat in eggs 1 at a time, then mashed bananas,sour cream,rum and vanilla.
    10. 10
      Beat in dry ingredients just until combined.
    11. 11
      Spoon batter into pan.
    12. 12
      Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 55 minutes.
    13. 13
      Cool 15 minutes.
    14. 14
      Cut around cake and place platter over pan. Holding pan and platter together, turn over.
    15. 15
      Let stand 5 minutes then gently lift off pan.
    16. 16
      Cool at least 15 minutes for topping to set.
    17. 17
      Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 26, 2009


      This cake is absolutely FABULOUS. Moist & sinfully delicious! However, I would recommend NOT using the topping portion of the recipe. After reading the review here & on the Bon Appetit website, it seems that it's too conducive to very messy baking. I just did 1/2 c butter & 1/2 c brown sugar in a saucepan, poured it into a 9 in springform pan, sprinkled nuts & the bananas over the sauce, and then layered the cake batter & baked it. It turned out beautifully. A totally impressive and satisfying dessert. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    • on March 19, 2008


      Wonderful recipe! The caramel topping really adds a new, sophisticated dimension to banana cake! Next time, I will use a 9-inch springform pan. The batter bubbled over the sides of the cake pan while it was baking and burned in the bottom of the oven. :( The flavor, and the fact that everyone in the (picky!) household loved it, made up for the technical difficulties. :)

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    Nutritional Facts for Caramel-Walnut Upside-Down Banana Cake

    Serving Size: 1 (153 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 796.7
    Calories from Fat 392
    Total Fat 43.5 g
    Saturated Fat 21.7 g
    Cholesterol 154.4 mg
    Sodium 473.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 95.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.6 g
    Sugars 57.9 g
    Protein 8.8 g

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