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Angels Unawares, Serial #10 and Banana Upside-Down Cake

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In Angels Unawares, Serial #10, Josh wakes up to find his ex-wife, Laura, asleep beside him. He’s not sure if he’s died in the night and gone to a quite reasonable version of Heaven, or if he’s been transported by an especially vivid dream back to the long ago days when he and Laura were young and married and living in Boston.

Well, he’s neither dead nor dreaming. His ex-wife, called in to care for him in his last days or weeks, has made the unilateral decision to abandon the guest bed and sleep beside him while she can. And Josh is deeply grateful for the kind and reassuring gesture, though also a little shocked and confused.

You might say Josh’s life has been turned upside-down by Laura’s care, but in a good way–if anything in the last days of life can be called “good” (hint, hint–it can). You might say the same about Laura’s life at the moment–totally upside-down, but in (maybe) a good way, if she can figure out how to make up for decades of separation and reveal a huge secret before Josh dies (oh, and then also figure out how to handle the death of her only husband).

I guess you get where I’m heading with this only slightly forced comparison. Upside-down isn’t always bad–as in the case of this wonderful (and wonderfully easy) Banana Upside-Down Cake. You’ve heard of pineapple upside-down cake (if you need a recipe, check out our Recipes index page!). But this recipe gives a new twist on an old standby, turns the traditional upside-down cake upside-down. (Does an upside-down upside-down cake make it right-side up or doubly upside-down?–and you said our blog wasn’t thought provoking!)

Enough already with this upside-down intro! Try this great variation on a great recipe. Check out the beautiful cooking photos. Read or listen to the story. Enjoy our blog–that’s what it’s here for!

And that’s right-side up!

(But is that upside-down x 2, or just right-side up? Inquiring minds want to know . . .)

close up

Banana Upside-Down Cake

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (divided)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup milk or buttermilk

1/2 cup light brown sugar

2 large bananas, sliced

banana upsidedown cake

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray an 8 or 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray and set aside.

Add half of the butter (1/4 cup) to a mixing bowl with the granulated sugar. Mix these ingredients together until a light and fluffy mixture is created. Add the egg and vanilla, and blend until all of the ingredients are incorporated. Add 1/2 cup of flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and slowly mix into the batter. Before the flour is all the way incorporated, add the milk and remaining 1/2 cup of flour, and slowly mix until all of the ingredients are well incorporated, careful not to over mix.

before{Before the flip…}

after{…and after!}

Add the remaining 1/4 cup of butter to the round cake pan and place in the preheated oven. Once the butter is melted, remove from the oven and stir in the brown sugar. Lay sliced bananas onto brown sugar mixture until all of the brown sugar and butter is covered. Pour the cake batter over the bananas. Place the cake in preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the cake springs back slightly when touched. Remove the cake from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before inverting over a serving plate. Serve this cake warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

Makes 1 round cake, or about 6 servings.

bite banana upsidedown cake

{Adapted from Babble}

Click below to listen to or read Serial #10 of “Angels Unawares”.

Angels Unawares, Serial #10, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Angels Unawares, Serial #10, text © Jeffrey Anderson


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