Pin-spiration: Upside Down Banana Cake


banana dessert recipe

The recipe I’m sharing today is one of my new favourites.  It’s similar to the old fashioned dessert, pineapple upside down cake, which I really like.  Using bananas is a fun take on a classic recipe, and it’s a great way to use up bananas that are getting a little mushy.  Usually I make banana bread with overripe bananas but sometimes it’s nice to have something different.  

Surprisingly, this recipe is pretty easy.  It’s also quick to make and tastes yummy.  The bananas get a delicious and crunchy caramel layer after baking and the chocolate chips add a nice surprise.

easy banana dessert

For the topping
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • about 3 bananas
For the cake
  • 1/4 cup softened butter or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 400F and line a baking pan with parchment paper (pan should be around 9 inches, round or square)
  2. Slice the bananas and lay them in a single layer in the bottom of the pan
  3. Stir together melted butter and brown sugar for the topping and then pour over bananas. Set aside.
  4. In a medium size bowl beat the butter (or oil) and sugar by hand until fluffy. Add egg and beat again.
  5. In a separate bowl combine flour and baking powder
  6. Add half the  flour mixture to butter mixture. Mix lightly and add half the milk.
  7. Add remaining flour mixture, mix lightly and then add the remaining milk.
  8. Add chocolate chips and mix everything until just combined and flour disappears
  9. Pour batter over bananas and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until cake is golden but not burned.
  10. Allow cake to cool for about 10 minutes after baking, then invert onto a plate or cooling rack. Slice and serve!
easy banana dessert
It’s suuuuuper important to allow the cake a few minutes of rest before inverting it or else it may just fall apart (speaking from experience!!!!).  This cake makes a tasty snack and I have even eaten it as part of my breakfast.  
easy banana dessert
Be sure to refrigerate this cake because the bananas may get moldy if left on the counter for too long.  I like to slice the cake and sterore in in containers so it’s easy to grab for lunch the next day.
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About Christina

20-something; rural dwelling; wife to David; homeowner; pretty good cook; wearer of skirts; friend to all cats.

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