Try one of our old fashioned desert
Upside-Down Bananas Foster Cake
1/3 C. butter
1 C. packed light brown sugar
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
2 T. light rum
3 C. sliced bananas, cut on the diagonal about 1/3-inch thick (from 3 large
1 18.5-ounce package butter recipe golden cake mix
8 T. butter, melted
1 1/2 C. whole milk
2 large eggs
4 t. fresh lemon juice
Topping: Place the butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet and heat the skillet
over low heat to melt the butter. Remove the skillet from the heat and, with a
fork, stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon and rum. Using the fork, spread the
mixture out evenly in the bottom of the skillet. Arrange the banana slices over
the bottom of the skillet so they cover it well.
Cake: Place the cake mix, melted butter, milk, eggs and lemon juice in a large
mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the
machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase
the mixer speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes more, scraping the sides down
again if needed. The batter should look creamy and smooth. Pour the batter on
top of the bananas in the skillet, smoothing it out with the rubber spatula.
Place the skillet on a rack in the center of a 350° F. oven.
Bake the cake until it rises high in the skillet and springs back when lightly
pressed with your finger, 43-47 minutes. Remove the skillet from the oven and
run a long sharp knife around the edge. Carefully invert the skillet onto a
heatproof serving plate. The cake should release itself from the skillet. If it
does not, simply run the knife around the side of the pan one more time and let
the skillet rest on the plate until the cake releases. Lift off the skillet.
This cake is best served warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, so slice
and serve at once.
If serving this cake later in the day, let it cool on a platter and cover it
with plastic wrap. For longer storage, wrap in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and
refrigerate for up to 1 week. Slice and serve it at room temperature or reheat
it, uncovered, in a microwave oven on high power for about 30 seconds.