Upside-down banana cake with maple-caramel sauce

Upside-down banana cake with maple-caramel sauce

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Prep: 45 mins Cook: 55 mins - 1 hr, 10 mins


Serves 8
Hot toffee sauce makes sticky, warm banana cake even more of a treat

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving with sauce

  • kcal802
  • fat51g
  • saturates21g
  • carbs77g
  • sugars56g
  • fibre4g
  • protein10g
  • salt1.1g
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  • 100g softened butter, plus extra for greasing



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 8 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 small ripe banana and 1 very overripe banana



    Probably the best known, most popular tropical fruit, their name probably derives from the…

  • 200g dark brown soft sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 4 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla paste or extract



    The sun-dried seed pod of a type of climbing orchid, vanilla has an inimitable soft, sweet…

  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 100g pecan, broken into pieces
    Pecan nuts



    Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red…

  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 200g pot full-fat Greek yogurt, plus extra, or vanilla ice cream, to serve

For the sauce

  • 100g whole pecan
    Pecan nuts



    Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red…

  • 100g salted butter, diced
  • 100ml double cream
  • 100ml maple syrup


  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease a 20cm square cake tin and line the base with baking parchment. For the cake, pour in half the syrup, swirling to coat the bottom. Peel and halve the 3 ripe bananas lengthways and lay, cut-side down, in the tin.

  2. Beat together the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and overripe banana with an electric whisk. Tip the flour and pecans into a food processor and pulse until finely ground together. Stir into the butter mixture with the bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon, then stir in the yogurt. Carefully spoon into the tin without dislodging the bananas. Bake the cake for 45 mins-1 hr until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out with only moist crumbs.

  3. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Toast the pecans for 1-2 mins in a pan, add the remaining ingredients and cook until the butter has melted. Then bubble for 5 mins until it has thickened a little.

  4. When the cake is cooked, poke it all over with the skewer – inserting it about halfway into the cake each time. Pour over the remaining maple syrup and allow it to soak in for a few mins, then turn the cake out of the tin, upside-down, onto a serving plate. Reheat the sauce, and serve with Greek yogurt or vanilla ice cream.

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Comments (3)

kfurber's picture

Fantastic. With the warmed sauce it's like a delicious stick toffee pudding with the added bonus of banana!

kieranpkelly's picture

Incredibly tasty. I've made this a couple of times now and it blew people away LITERALLY

claudiasherlock's picture

Truly delicious and so easy to make

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