Upside-down banana cake with maple caramel sauce

Treat yourself to pure indulgence with our irresistible Upside Down Banana Cake with Maple Caramel Sauce. This delicious creation combines the delicious sweetness of ripe bananas with a rich and sticky toffee sauce, creating a heavenly treat for your taste buds. The moist, perfectly baked banana cake pairs perfectly with the warm, caramel-infused maple sauce drizzled generously on top. Every bite is a decadent experience that transports you to dessert paradise. Be amazed by the delicious combination of flavors and textures in this delicious dessert that is sure to satisfy your sweet cravings!


  • 100g soft butter, plus a little butter for greasing
  • 8 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 small ripe bananas and 1 very overripe banana
  • 200g dark brown soft sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla paste or extract
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 100g pecans, broken into pieces
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 200 g full Greek yogurt plus some vanilla ice cream for serving
  • 100g whole pecans
  • 100g salted butter, diced
  • 100 ml cream
  • 100 ml maple syrup

Preparation steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/140°C fan/gas 3.
  2. Grease a square cake tin (20 cm) and line the base with baking paper.
  3. Pour in half of the cake syrup and toss to coat the bottom of the pan.
  4. Peel the 3 ripe bananas, cut them in half lengthwise and place them cut side down in the tin.
  5. Mix butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and overripe banana well with an electric whisk.
  6. Pulse flour and pecans in a food processor until finely ground.
  7. Stir the ground flour and pecans into the butter mixture.
  8. Add baking soda and cinnamon to the butter mixture and mix well.
  9. Stir in the yogurt.
  10. Carefully pour the cake batter into the mold without removing the bananas.
  11. Bake the cake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a skewer inserted into the center contains just moist crumbs, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  12. While the cake is baking, prepare the maple caramel sauce.
  13. In a pan, toast the pecans for 1-2 minutes.
  14. Add remaining sauce ingredients and cook until butter is melted.
  15. Let the sauce bubble for 5 minutes until slightly thickened.
  16. Once the cake is ready, pierce it all over with a skewer, inserting it about halfway into the cake each time.
  17. Pour the remaining maple syrup over the cake and let it sit for a few minutes.
  18. Turn the cake upside down out of the pan and place it on a serving plate.
  19. Reheat the sauce.
  20. Serve the cake with the warm maple caramel sauce.
  21. Optionally serve with Greek yogurt or vanilla ice cream.

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

To make this Maple Caramel Sauce Upside Down Banana Cake you will need the following equipment and tools:

  • Round cake tin (approx. 23 cm diameter)
  • mixing bowls
  • Electric mixer or hand mixer
  • Spatula or wooden spoon
  • parchment paper
  • Small pot
  • Heat-resistant bowl
  • Knife
  • Cooking thermometer (optional)

Allergen information

This Banana Upside Down Cake may contain allergens. Please check the label of the ingredients used to ensure they are suitable for your dietary needs. The following allergens may be present:

  • butter (milk)
  • Eggs
  • Flour (gluten)
  • Pecans (nuts)
  • Greek yogurt (milk)
  • Double cream (milk)

Storage and leftovers

Follow these guidelines to store the maple caramel sauce banana upside down cake:

  1. Allow the cake to cool completely.
  2. Remove any remaining pieces from the cake.
  3. Place the cake in an airtight container or cover tightly with plastic wrap.
  4. Store the cake at room temperature for up to 2 days.

If there are any leftovers, you can warm up individual slices in the microwave for a few seconds or enjoy them cold.

Note: The caramel sauce may become sticky or solid in the refrigerator. Before serving leftovers, warm the sauce in the microwave or on the stove until it reaches your desired consistency.

Health Benefits of Upside Down Banana Cake with Maple Caramel Sauce

The Upside Down Banana Cake with Maple Caramel Sauce is not only a delicious treat but also offers several health benefits due to its nutrient-dense ingredients. Let’s explore the benefits it brings:

1. Bananas

This recipe starts with bananas and includes both ripe and overripe bananas. Bananas are packed with essential nutrients such as potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and fiber. Potassium helps maintain healthy blood pressure and heart function. Vitamin C strengthens the immune system, while vitamin B6 supports brain health. In addition, the fiber content promotes digestion and ensures a longer-lasting feeling of satiety.

2. Pecans

Packed with healthy fats, protein, and fiber, pecans are the featured nut in this recipe. They provide important minerals such as manganese, zinc and magnesium. Pecans are known to promote heart health by improving cholesterol levels and reducing inflammation. They are also an excellent source of antioxidants, which protect against oxidative stress and support overall cellular health.

3. Greek yogurt

The addition of whole Greek yogurt gives this dessert a creamy and tangy touch. Greek yogurt is an excellent source of high-quality protein that helps build and repair tissue. It contains probiotics that support a healthy gut by promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria. Additionally, Greek yogurt is rich in calcium, which is important for strong bones and teeth.

4. Maple syrup

Using maple syrup as a natural sweetener offers a healthier alternative to refined sugar. Although maple syrup is still a sweetener, it contains minerals like manganese and zinc and also has antioxidant properties. It has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar, meaning it causes a slower rise in blood sugar levels.

5. Dark brown soft sugar

While dark brown soft sugar is still a form of sugar, it contains small amounts of minerals due to the molasses content it contains. These minerals include calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium. However, it’s important to consume sugar in moderation and focus on getting nutrients from other ingredients in the recipe.

When you choose this divine Upside Down Banana Cake with Maple Caramel Sauce, you can treat yourself to a delicious dessert while reaping the benefits of the natural goodness of bananas, pecans, Greek yogurt, and maple syrup. Enjoy a delicious treat that also contributes to your well-being!

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