Pineapple Banana & Sour Cream UpSide Down Loaf

A few ugly,spotted bananas made a beautiful bread! :)

I m sure once in a while,everyone’s house is smelling with such overly ripe,stinking bananas in the fruit basket .Everytime I buy a bunch, I know that the last few will make their way to the bin but somehow I am too ashamed of buying 2-3 pieces only !Over the weekend we got a bunch of  Chiquita bananas :)…have you seen that advertisement where one funny looking ‘smart ‘ banana travels from Mexico to the grocery stores proud to know its ripening time!!! what ever!!

Okay, now for 2 days the bananas were carried to lunch but then the 3rd day the husband said that the bananas are so long that he’s ashamed of eating them in office!!! And monkeys eat such long bananas….I mean I  had no words.. monkeys or no monkeys…I just didn’t have a reply!!! But I just thought why can’t they be divided into halves & then eaten!!! Anyways…the sad bananas kept on sitting & staring on the dining table long before I made this happy looking banana bread along with few slices of pineapples left over from the cake I made last.The husband who is a tropical fruity guy loved it and didn’t feel ashamed to eat the slices in office…… the moral of the story …please don’t waste your hard-earned money, every penny counts, think of ways to reduce wastage !

Initially, I had no plans of making an upside down loaf.I love baking but I am very risk averse as far as baking is concerned.I normally find the easiest recipe and then start. Along the way, I keep on doing my experiments!Its the first time I tried this upside down kinda thing and Viola… it came out perfect! I patted my shoulder too :) Was really happy :) This is one of the most moist banana bread I have baked till date.And its such an easy recipe.No mixers or beaters are required.Instead of lots of butter/oil ,I used light sour cream and the texture was very soft, slightly tangy and there were no oily fingers at the end of finishing a slice which I abhor ! A great breakfast idea indeed!

What I needed:

For the pineapple base

  • 3 slices canned or fresh pineapple [I used canned]
  • 4 -5 tbsp sugar
  • Few raisins [ or nuts of your choice]

For the bread

[adapted from here]

  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • 3 tbsp light sour cream
  • 3 tbsp canola oil or melted butter
  • 3 long bananas, mashed [about 3/4 cups]
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar [or adjust to taste]
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts [optional]
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp pineapple essence[optional]
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

How I did it:

  • Melt the 4 tbsp of sugar in a small sauce pan over low heat, stirring constantly.
  • Once the sugar has melted, immediately pour it in a greased 4″X8″ loaf tin.Arrange the pineapple slices and the raisins or nuts [if using] in the empty spaces.Do all this really fast because the melted sugar hardens quickly.Set aside the tin.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F /175°C.
  • In a big bowl mix butter/oil and sour cream with mashed bananas with a spatula.

  • Next,mix in the brown sugar,egg,vanilla & pineapple essence.Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in.
  • Add the flour immediately and fold gently.Add the chopped walnuts and fold them into the batter.
  • Pour mixture over the inch loaf pan lined with pineapple & raisins.
  • Bake for 45-60 minutes till a skewer comes out clean.Mine was done in 47 minutes.
  • Let the bread cool in the tin for 5-8 minutes.Thereafter, transfer to a rack and let it cook.
  • Once cooled, slice and serve with honey or pineapple preserve.


  1. Since everybody’s  oven settings  are different, the baking time will vary.Take care not to over bake else the bread will become dry.




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Sending this to Breakfast Club # 5 : Bread


  1. hey tanvi
    upside down cake looks very soft n perfect moist …kudos dear …u did a gr8 job …
    happy vinayaka chavithy to u n ur family

  2. Looks divine….nutritious too.

  3. Looks wonderful…love this pineapple cake…very tempting clicks.

  4. perfect banana bread. am yet to make this.

  5. oh that looks great!

  6. Looks delicious! Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

  7. Looks Tasty!

    US Masala

  8. Hey Tanvi.. I too always have bananas waiting to be eaten! Your banana based bread with pineapple sounds like a nice unusual combo! Thanks for visiting my blog! Cheerio!

  9. Looks delicious……I am yet to make an upside down cake….

  10. looks so yummy

  11. What a unique and lovely loaf. This looks delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  12. I love upside down cakes..and this is so much healthier than my versions..

  13. Gorgeous loaf, very tempting..

  14. upside down cakes are my all time fav, but have never tried making the most common pineapple one…this looks delicious

  15. i have once tried apple upside down cake, was most interesting and thrilling cake i made, your banana cake looks perfect and moist and these days i have stopped buying banana as i always make fun of colleague who eats banana in office calling him Mr chimpanzee lol…..oh well its not the real reason but to leave banana unattended is a real pity!

  16. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment.
    I liked your blog very much. Cake looks soft, spongy, gorgeous and mouth watering. I appreciate for your wonderful presentation.

  17. This tropical upside down cake sounds and looks really delicious!

    Thank you for visiting my blog! You have a wonderful space here…

  18. Such a lovely cake! Great combo and looks delicious…

  19. Pineapplöe upside down cakes are awesome! Your loaf looks so delicious.



  20. You have done a wonderful job here. Can’t believe it’s first time u have made upside down loaf :-) first time here…. Like it…

    Hamaree Rasoi

  21. What a great recipe and a very nice blog.

  22. This looks delicious Tanvi! What a great way to use up bananas and pineapples.

  23. Tanvi, I have tried Pineapple upside down cake before, but this sounds like a new combo with banana bread… looks yummy! Thanks for visiting… You have a nice space here as well…. will keep visiting!

  24. Hey Tanvi,
    Nice moist cake !!!
    Looks so tempting :)
    Thanks for visiting my blog :)

  25. Great! Love the added pineapple, this will be my new run to banana bread recipe, thanks.

  26. Suja Sugathan says:

    That looks pineapple upside down its lots of flavors, sounds a great combo

  27. Looks delicious,wonderful clicks :)

  28. grillove says:

    Is anybody else hungry?

  29. Bill Cassel says:

    Looks like a great recipe but you have a part that says sprinkle in the baking powder but you do nt have the amount that your suppose to put in. So what is the magic measurement? Thank you looking forward to your answer

  30. OMG, this looks so good! A divine treat.



  31. Neeti says:

    What is the substitute for sour cream in this recipe ?

  32. Neeti says:

    Thanks Tanvi…will be making this cake now :) …..i follow a lot of your recipes !

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