Transform Overripe Bananas Into This Impressive Upside-Down Cake

Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
50 min
6-8 servings

With the world turning to banana bread these days, I wanted to take it to the next level. How, might you ask? Imagine for a moment if banana bread and sticky toffee pudding had a baby — and you’ll get this delicious Baking Therapy upside-down banana cake. It’s moist, covered in the most delicious toffee sauce and looks pretty impressive if you ask me! I know you have a bunch of overripe bananas lying around your kitchen, so what are you waiting for?

Like Sabrina’s baking? Check out her easy recipe for soft rolls, along with her gooey overnight cinnamon buns and fudgy gluten-free sweet potato brownies.

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Toffee Sauce

Tbsp unsalted butter
cup brown sugar
cup heavy cream
tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
tsp vanilla extract
bananas, sliced

Banana Cake

cups all-purpose flour
1 ½
tsp baking powder
tsp baking soda
tsp ground cinnamon
tsp salt
cup brown sugar
cup unsalted butter, melted
cup neutral oil
large egg
cup buttermilk, room temperature
cup mashed bananas (about 2-3 bananas)
tsp vanilla extract


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Step 2

In a medium saucepan on medium-high heat, whisk together the following toffee ingredients: butter, brown sugar, cream, cinnamon and salt. Bring to a boil and let bubble for 1 minute. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla extract. Pour 2/3 of the mixture to a 9-inch pan and set aside to slightly cool.

overhead of toffee sauce with sliced bananas
Step 3

Arrange the sliced bananas tightly on top of the toffee sauce in the pan.

Banana upside down cake with toffee on the bottom of the pan and sliced bananas on top
Step 4

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

Step 5

In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, melted butter, oil, egg, buttermilk, mashed bananas and vanilla extract until smooth.

Step 6

Fold the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until just combined. Transfer the batter to the pan and distribute evenly so that the bananas are not disturbed. Smooth out the top and bake for 45 to 50 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick when inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Banana upside down cake with toffee on bottom, sliced bananas and cake mix poured on top
Step 7

Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

Banana cake cooling on a wire rack
Step 8

Run a knife around the perimeter of the pan to release the cake. Place a plate slightly larger than the pan on top and wearing oven mitts invert the pan quickly. If the cake is stubborn, insert a knife on the side of the pan to release the suction. Serve with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and a drizzle the remaining toffee sauce.

Banana upside down cake with toffee topping cooling on a wire rack

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