For the holidays, Brown Butter Banana Coffee Cake is delicious for breakfast or brunch; enjoy with your favorite person and a cup of coffee!

a bite of Brown Butter-Banana Coffee Cake

Here’s a nice change of pace from banana bread. It’s tasty and worthy of a special get-together … this Brown Butter Banana Coffee Cake for breakfast, brunch, or a piece with a cup of coffee.

Brown Butter Banana Coffee Cake

And this is a delicious-flipped-over cake that is devoured by all! :) Oh, and if you’re looking for a savory brown butter recipe, then these Herbed Brown Butter Scallops is a must for the holidays!

Brown Butter-Banana Coffee Cake flipped over on plate

Coffee cake with brown butter bananas

It’s so easy to make. Follow the instructions and flip it over while it’s hot. You’ll see the steam come right off those bananas. This recipe came from The Recipe Girl Cookbook (out of stock, but you may be able to pick up a copy or 2 on Amazon).

batter for Brown Butter-Banana Coffee Cake

Let’s get started.

All you need are these ingredients for an Upside Down Banana Cake:

  • Butter
  • Brown sugar + white sugar
  • Cinnamon + ginger
  • Bananas (ripe)
  • Sour cream
  • Egg
  • Vanilla
  • Flour
  • Baking powder + baking soda
  • Salt

 

making Brown Butter-Banana Coffee Cake

What’s for breakfast?

With a breakfast theme in mind, I recently made this coffee cake, and it was a HIT. I just love delicious recipes where you have everything on hand, and in my house, I usually have a ripe banana or two or three sitting on the counter, so this recipe was perfect.

serving of Brown Butter-Banana Coffee Cake

What is brown butter made of?

Brown butter–also known as beurre noisette–is made by cooking unsalted butter long enough to turn the milk solids brown while cooking out any water present in the butter. It’s basically a change in color, flavor, and aroma. and has a nutty or toasty flavor.

The recipe is actually called “Brown Butter” Banana Coffee Cake, and trust me, it’s good enough for company!

The warm butter and brown sugar mixture on the bottom creates the ideal balance of a mixture of bread and cake!

flipping over a glass pan of Brown Butter-Banana Coffee Cake

Any recipe made in an upside-down-fashion is usually THE BEST. :) Because it usually means there’s brown sugar and butter involved.

a piece of Brown Butter-Banana Coffee Cake

Lori’s Banana Cake Tips:

Use bananas that are ripe and soft with many brown spots- not the dead black variety.

Turn this cake into an Upside Down Brown Butter Banana- Blueberry Coffee Cake. Instead of placing banana slices on the bottom of the pan, sprinkle blueberries on there instead.

OR, Add almond slices or toasted walnuts to the topping.

hot and fliipped over: Brown Butter-Banana Coffee Cake

How do you flip the cake over?

  1. Place a serving plate on top of the pan and gently flip it over. The cake should come out of the pan and onto the plate easily. Tap the bottom of the pan if the cake needs coaxing.
  2. Drizzle any remaining juices in the pan over the top of the cake. Serve immediately.

Here’s more bread and cake recipes to try:

Sour Cream Banana Bread (3rd most popular recipe on my site).

Sour Cream Banana Cake Recipe (with real banana frosting-my mom’s recipe!)

Heath Brunch Coffee Cake Recipe

ENJOY!

taking a bite of Brown Butter-Banana Coffee Cake

You can visit RecipeGirl.com and check out other fabulous recipes that Lori shares!

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Brown Butter Banana Coffee Cake (from The RecipeGirl Cookbook)

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons [1/2] stick salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 medium ripe banana, sliced (see Tips)
  • 4 tablespoons [1/2] stick salted butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground ginger
  • teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 ]F. Spray an 8-inch round (or 8x8-inch) cake pan with cooking spray.

Prepare the topping:

  • Melt the 4 T. butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until the butter begins to brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat and pour the browned butter into the round cake pan, swirling it around to coat the bottom of the pan.
  • In a small bowl, stir together (next 3 ingredients) the topping sugars and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the browned butter in the pan. Place the (1) banana slices evenly apart on top of the sugars in the pan.

Prepare the cake:

  • In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter and sugar. Beat in the other bananas, sour cream, egg and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the banana mixture. Spoon the batter into the pan, spreading evenly over the bananas.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven, run a thin knife along the side of the pan to loosen.
  • Place a serving plate on top of the pan and gently flip it over. The cake should come out of the pan and onto the plate easily. Tap the bottom of the pan if the cake needs coaxing.
  • Drizzle any remaining juices in the pan over the top of the cake. Serve immediately.

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Notes

Tips: Use bananas that are ripe and soft with many brown spots- not the dead black variety. Turn this cake into an Upside Down Brown Butter Banana- Blueberry Coffee Cake. Instead of placing banana slices on the bottom of the pan, sprinkle blueberries on there instead. OR, Add almond slices or toasted walnuts to the topping.
Preparation time: 25 minute(s)
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Brown Butter-Banana Coffee Cake

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