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Banana Upside-Down Cake
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Banana Upside-Down Cake

Bananas covered with caramel on top of vanilla cake. What more could you want?
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bananas, cake, caramel
Servings: 8
Author: Joe Pastry


For the Topping:

  • 3 medium bananas or equivalent of peaches, apricots, pineapple, cherries, apples or pears
  • 7 ounces 1 cup sugar
  • 2 ounces 4 tablespoons butter

For the Cake:

  • 7.5 ounces 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 7 ounces 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2.5 ounces 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 4 ounces 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

For the Topping:

  • Slice the bananas along their length, then cut them in half.
  • In a medium saucepan combine the sugar with about 1/4 cup water to moisten it.
  • Swirl the pan over high heat until it’s a medium-to-dark amber.
  • Add the butter (watch for spattering) then whisk to combine it. It may take a little elbow grease to fully incorporate the butter. Be patient.
  • While it’s still liquid, pour it promptly into an 8-inch-square cake pan.
  • Let it cool and harden, then lay the banana slices on top, cut side down.

For the Cake:

  • Sift the flour and baking powder into a medium bowl.
  • Combine the buttermilk and vanilla.
  • In a stand mixer, combine the sugar and butter. Whip until fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time.
  • Then alternate the flour and the buttermilk mixture, adding 1/3 of the flour mixture first, then half the buttermilk and so on until everything is used up. Scrape the bowl several times during the process.
  • Scrape the finished batter into the pan on top of the caramel and bananas.
  • Bake about 50 minutes until the cake is golden, bounces a bit when tapped with a finger, and begins to pull away from the pan.
  • Cool it for five minutes, then unmold it onto a serving plate.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature (both are fantastic) with a small scoop of ice cream.