Banana Upside-Down Cake

Banana Upside-Down Cake

Dana 0

"Easy and yummy. Bananas, brown sugar and pecans are baked under a banana cake mix. The pans are then inverted so the bananas end up on top!"

Ingredients 1 h 30 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 313 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 313 kcal
  • 16%
  • Fat:
  • 11.2 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs:
  • 53.3g
  • 17%
  • Protein:
  • 1.9 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 288 mg
  • 12%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 (8 inch) pans. Combine butter and brown sugar, divide and spread evenly between the 2 pans. Sprinkle pecans evenly over both brown sugar mixtures, arrange banana slices evenly over each.
  2. Prepare cake mix according to package instructions. Divide batter into the 2 pans.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Turn cakes upside down on a platter or plate, gently tap bottom and carefully remove pans, replacing caramel mixture that sticks to pan.
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  1. 82 Ratings


This was delicious! After reading the reviews I did make a few changes. I didn't really want two 8" cakes so baked the recipe in a Bundt pan, sprayed with Baking Spray. I used a yellow cake mix that had pudding in the mix. I increased the amount of chopped pecans to a heaping 3/4 cup. Because of the Bundt pan's narrow bottom (top of cake)the butter/brown sugar mixture was fairly deep. I added 2-oz. bourbon and 2 of the bananas (mashed) to the batter. I sliced the remaining 2 bananas and layered them on the pecan mixture--it was a tight fit but I squeezed them in and only had 3 or 4 banana slices that sat on top of other bananas. I baked it until tester came out clean (I didn't push tester down into bananas)--about 55 minutes. I let the cake cool about 15 minutes then turned it out. Beautiful, aromatic, cake! The thicker pecan-butter mixture carmalized perfectly and completely covered the bananas...couldn't see them at all and if they turned dark, there was no way to tell. Tasted great!! I took a photo of the cake and meant to take another THREE days later when there was only one remaining piece, to show how well it lasted, but it got eaten before I had the chance! I liked the texture of the cake...because of the mashed bananas, it was denser than a typical yellow cake. I'll never fret about the extra, too ripe for me to eat, bananas again...thanks, Dana!


Dana's "easy and yummy" description is right on the mark. I baked my cake in a 9x13" pan and it turned out great. My husband ate three pieces of this the night I served it to his parents. I took the leftovers to the office the next day and received many compliments and two recipe requests.


This cake was so moist and so easy! I did use walnuts instead of pecans but the flavor was very rich. This would fall under my catagory of comfort food. My family is not really into cakes but this one will be added to my file.