Caramelized Banana Upside-Down Cake

  • prep time20 min
  • total time 70 min
  • serves 8

Pineapple has been centre stage when it comes to upside-down cake for too long. There’s no doubt this classic rendition is delicious, but we’re planning on changing the world with this recipe. Move over pineapple, because bananas are settling in at number one. Bananas get caramelized in maple syrup and brown sugar in this take on upside-down cake, with this golden goodness topping a banana flavoured cake for a double banana whammy, maple upside-down cake.

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Directions for: Caramelized Banana Upside-Down Cake



¼ cup butter

¼ cup brown sugar

¼ cup maple syrup

4 ripe bananas


½ cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

4 over-ripe bananas, mashed

1 ½ cups flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda



1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch spring form pan with parchment.

2. To make the topping, heat butter in a small saucepan. Add in brown sugar and maple syrup. Cook over medium heat until sugar melts and a dark syrup forms, about 10 minutes. Transfer mixture to lined cake pan.

3. Cut bananas in half lengthwise. Arrange bananas cut-side down into the syrup.


1. To make the cake batter, combine butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

2. Add 1 egg at a time, then add vanilla. Beat until combined.

3. Add in bananas and stir well.

4. In a separate small bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. Add to mixture and stir to combine. Do not over mix.

5. Pour batter over top of bananas then smooth the top into an even layer. Place in preheated oven until cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean, about 50 minutes.

6. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes. Release spring form and flip cake onto a serving plate so the bananas are on top.

Source and Credits

Recipe courtesy of Michelle Rabin

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