Fair Trade Caramelized Banana Upside-Down Cake

Banana cakes are like warm hugs. It’s a classic feel good cake that feels great to both bake and eat! So why don’t we dial it up a notch and make a Fair Trade Caramelized Banana Upside-Down Cake that not only tastes good but does good too? This recipe has a delicious flavor and moistness to it, and Fair Trade bananas just add to the sweetness.

While you’re waiting for your cake to bake, below you can read about the impact your purchase has made in Columbian based Fair Trade Certified banana company, Bananeras de Urabá, who focuses their efforts on developing social and environmental programs for their community.

Check out this deliciously moist Fair Trade Caramelized Banana Upside-Down Cake

Dish: Fair Trade Caramelized Banana Upside-Down Cake

Serves: 8 to 10

Duration:  1 hour     Prep time: 20 minutes   Cooking time:  40 minutes

Ingredients:

The Base -

Method:

Preheat the oven on bake to 355 degrees Fahrenheit.

Take the bananas, eggs, milk, sugar and oil and blend well.  Mix the cinnamon and baking soda in the breadcrumbs and slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture while blending gently.

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For the base, put ½ cup sugar in a flat pan on medium heat and wait for it to melt without stirring. Once the sugar starts to caramelize add the water and dissolve the sugar to form a caramelized liquid. Pour the liquid in a greased 9 inch round baking pan and place the banana slices over it.

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Then put the cake batter into the pan and place it in the oven for 40 minutes. Remove the cake and set aside to cool.

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Loosen the sides with a knife, lay a plate on the top of the pan, flip the cake over and voila! This cake should be nice and moist on the inside leaving a beautiful toasty taste from the caramelized sugar. 

Fair Trade in Action: New Housing Project

Bananeras de Urabá, Colombia

Bananeras De Uraba is comprised of six Fair Trade Certified farms in the tropical northwest region of Colombia. Thanks to their Fair Trade Community Development Premiums, these 600+ workers and their families have accesses to more funds to rebuild their homes, send their children to school and invest in social community programs.

In 2009 construction was completed on an apartment complex that was built with community development funds. Everyone in the apartment complex works for Bananeras de Urabá, and they now have safe and affordable housing for their families.

The  workers of Bananeras de Urabá  voted to use their community development  funds to build an apartment  complex that provides safe and affordable  housing for themselves and  their families.

The Pulgarin family used to pay $100 per month to rent a small home with a mud floor. Hector Oviedo (pictured with his wife Laura Rosa and sons Pedro & Samuel) now pays $40 per month on his mortgage for twice the space. The community development funds from Fair Trade Certified bananas provided this family with concrete floors that provides a clean living space and with the means to own rather than rent.

The    community development funds from Fair Trade Certified   bananas     provided the Pulgarin family with concrete floors that provides a clean      living  space and with the means to own rather than rent

1 in 2 pieces of fruit imported into the U.S. is a banana – imagine the lives that could be changed if all bananas were Fair Trade!To learn more about Fair Trade Certified Bananas, click here.

 

Dish: Fair Trade Caramelized Banana Upside-Down Cake
Serves: 8 to 10
Duration: 1 hour     Prep time: 20 minutes   Cooking time:  40 minutes
Ingredients:
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 2 ½ cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
The Base –
  • 1/3 cup water
Method:
Preheat the oven on bake to 355 degrees Fahrenheit.
Take the bananas, eggs, milk, sugar and oil and blend well.  Mix the cinnamon and baking soda in the breadcrumbs and slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture while blending gently.
For the base, put ½ cup sugar in a flat pan on medium heat and wait for it to melt without stirring. Once the sugar starts to caramelize add the water and dissolve the sugar to form a caramelized liquid. Pour the liquid in a greased 9 inch round baking pan and place the banana slices over it. Then put the cake batter into the pan and place it in the oven for 40 minutes. Remove the cake and set aside to cool. Loosen the sides with a knife, lay a plate on the top of the pan, flip the cake over and voila! This cake should be nice and moist on the inside leaving a beautiful toasty taste from the caramelized sugar.