Banana & Chocolate Upside-down Cake

Olivia Homecook
by Olivia Homecook
1 Cake
1 hr 10 min

Banana and chocolate– a pairing we find as a crepe topping, in banana breads, banana splits, and so on.

We know it's good, so how about bringing it into the world of upside down cakes?

Bananas are already sweet on their own, but their sweetness is amplified and their flavour becomes fuller when cooked slowly. I've topped the cake with ice cream, but whipped cream works. You could also make some extra caramel and have that drizzled on top later.

If you want a more burnt flavour and didn't manage to achieve that in the over, you could gently blowtorch the top of the cake (at your own risk!).

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Banana & Chocolate Upside-down Cake
Recipe details
  • 1  Cake
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 50 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 10 min
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For the cake batter
  • 200 grams or 7oz butter softened or at room temperature
  • ¼ cup or 50 grams caster sugar
  • ½ cup or 100 grams brown sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 2 cups or 240 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 100g dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup or 50 ml yoghurt or sour cream
  • ½ cup or 120 ml whole milk
For the caramelized banana topping
  • 2 oz or 56 grams butter
  • ½ cup or 60g soft light brown sugar
  • 70ml maple syrup or honey
  • 4-5 just ripe bananas, sliced in half
For the caramelized banana topping
In a non-stick frying pan add butter, sugar, and syrup, cook over low heat.
Keep stirring until the sugar dissolves and the syrup is thick.
Pour the caramel syrup into the cake tin, let it cool for about 5 minutes.
For the cake batter
Preheat the oven to 180°C or 356°F and prepare a 23 cm round cake tin or you may use pyrex glass form.
Arrange the sliced bananas, cut-side down, on the base of the tin.
In a mixing bowl, add the butter and sugar, beat until pale and creamy.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift in the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt, then gently fold through the mixture with a large wooden spoon. Mix in the mashed bananas, vanilla extract, chocolate chips, yoghurt, and milk. Fold until mixed well.
Add the cake batter into the prepared cake tin and smooth the top with a spatula.
Bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes or until golden on top and a skewer pushed into the centre comes out clean.
Cool the cake for 10 minutes before serving.
  • I would not recommend using bananas that too browned and over ripe as in this cake you need them to hold their shape. 
  • Diane Levison Diane Levison on Jun 27, 2022

    It says to add the bananas to the cake pan cut side down, yet the picture of the cake has them orientated as if they were placed in the pan cut side up?? (So the rounded size is showing when the cake is turned over)

    • Beth Beth on Jun 20, 2023

      That's what I thought. I think it looks better with the round side up.