Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Cake the Dog Ate

by Peg Cochran

The Cake the Dog Ate -- that sounds like the title of one of those moody, dark Swedish mysteries, doesn't it?  Actually, it's Banana Coconut Upside Down Cake.  Stick with me and I'll explain about the dog...

This recipe makes two single layer eight inch cakes.  I took one cake to a party we were going to that evening and left the other cake on the kitchen table to take to the picnic we were going to with my daughter for Father's Day.  Instead of all chairs around our kitchen table, we replaced two of them with a two person bench.  The dog, Reg, got up on the bench and ate a good bit of the cake while we were gone.  He also ate all the cat's food and knocked her dish off the bench (where we keep it so he doesn't eat it).  I guess he wanted something "savory" after the sweet!

This cake was really easy to make.  And if you like banana and coconut, it's a winner!


1 yellow cake mix
3 eggs
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup water
6 bananas sliced 1/4 inch thick (I used 5 1/2 bananas actually)
1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray two eight-inch round cake pans with cooking spray.

Beat cake mix, eggs, oil, water and sour cream on low until mixed and then beat for an additional two minutes.

Beat ingredients for two minutes

Place banana slices on the bottom of each pan
Melt butter and stir in sugar and lemon juice and heat until sugar is dissolved.  Pour half the mixture over the bananas in each pan.
Sprinkle half the coconut over bananas in each pan
Pour half the batter into each pan and smooth. Bake 35 to 40 minutes let rest 5 minutes then invert onto plate

Before the dog

After the dog

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  1. Reg wanted to go to the party too! :) Thank you for sharing the story and the recipe!

    1. I think you're right! Reg IS a party animal!

  2. Hysterical Peg! He seems to have preferred the banana part to the cake! And love your reasoning for why he went for the cat food too...

  3. What a hoot, Peg! I was barking with laughter. Daisy and Lily didn't get the joke. They wished they'd been there - they'd have liked that cake. I'll make it for sure, but keep it high on the counter.



  4. Love the title! And it's a very pretty cake (before dog).

  5. This sounds delicious and I have to bring something to my quilt guild meeting on Tues. Is the coconut added to the butter and sugar or just sprinkled on the bananas? I don't see it in the recipe.

    1. Just sprinkle it over the bananas. Then it's on top when you you invert the cake!

  6. Peg, this sounds much better than the pineapple upside down cake that my grandfather always loved. Thanks for the recipe ~

  7. What a discerning dog! How much trouble was he in?

    1. Libby, somehow I can never get mad at Reg! Plus I was laughing too hard. Now I know I can't leave something on the kitchen table!

  8. Lovely! I am just wondering if the cake should be stored in the fridge? Thank you :)

  9. Whoops. Sounds like something my Sam would do.

  10. Peg, that cake is gorgeous! Poor Reg. I guess you won't be leaving goodies on the table anymore!