Saturday, April 8, 2017

Bananas Foster Upside-down Cake

A Birthday Cake for Donna

One of my neighbors and dear friend, Donna had a birthday today. Slave wanted to make something special for her. She has had a rough time and just spent several days in the hospital with pneumonia. Forced to carry oxygen with her she also has heart problems. However this never gets this lady down. Donna has a wonderful sense of humor and knowledge. Just love hearing her tell about how, in her fifties, with children grown up and finding herself divorced, she back-packed across Europe! Conversations always end up with laughter that makes your sides hurt!

This blog is honest! While this cake did not turn out pretty, it was good! Told Donna that due to her delicate condition, I didn't make a two layer cake – all I was giving her was a 6 inch-er! She looked at me with a dry expression and said: “I love you but I'm gonna have to kill you! You dirty dog!”

Since her oxygen is on full-flow it was decided not to serve this “flambe”!


1 banana sliced

1 small box cake mix (tried the Duncon Hines “Perfect Sized”)

2 Tbs softened butter

2 eggs


  • 4 Tbs butter
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 50ml bottle Capt. Morgan Spiced Rum


Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Set an empty baking sheet on the bottom of the oven, or on a rack directly underneath where you will bake cake, to catch any foster sauce that may drip during baking. This package includes a 6 inch cardboard pan.

slave learned the hard way to place this paper pan inside of a regular metal pan. It was quite messy!

Slice the banana on an angle. Arrange in bottom of the un-greased pan. 

In a small sauce pan melt the butter and brown sugar stirring well. Carefully add the rum, it will have a tendency to foam up. Stir this until it is nice and thick! Pour over the banana slices in the pan.

Mix the cake according to the package directions adding an extra egg for richness. Pour this over the banana mixture and smooth with spatula.

Bake a good 40 minutes, test with a tooth pick all the way down to the bottom of the pan, then maybe add another 5 minutes.

Remove the pans to a cooling rack for about 20 minutes. Carefully invert onto a plate.

Note: slave made a mess of this! The paper pan had a false bottom that popped up when taking it out of the oven. That proceeded to leak the sauce all over the counter. Then when inverting, found the cake was not completely cooked on bottom and had to finish it in the microwave for an additional 2 minutes. While this is not as pretty as slave would have liked, it DID taste wonderful and Donna was so kind!

Here is a copy of the card slave wrote for her:


Think of what it has brought you!

The laughter, the love,

the hugs,

the beautiful music,

the fantastic colors.

See yourself on a bright

Christmas morning

Surrounded by torn wrapping paper & opened boxes.

At that moment when you realize there are still much more

presents left to open!

More joy, more smiles, more love.

PS: its your birthday – let someone else clean up the mess!


For our music:


To satisfy and restore.

To nourish, support and maintain.

To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,

to nurture, assist, and sustain

..I cook!

Please buy slave's cookbook:

The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes 


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