Banana Upside Down Cake (for one or two)

Banana Upside Down Cake, caramelized bananas top a buttery quarter pound cake. The perfect size for one or two people and a wonderful mini dessert.

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Melted butter and brown sugar make the perfect topping for this delightful Banana Upside Down Cake. Together with the bananas they caramelize and create a buttery, sweet and incredible top layer to a perfectly tender “quarter” pound cake.

A delightful mini Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake. The perfect dessert to serve one or two people | One Dish Kitchen

When I was brainstorming new small batch recipe ideas a few weeks ago, pound cake came to mind. I love a good pound cake. It’s the perfect cake to enjoy simply, perhaps with strawberries and whipped cream or a little fancier as in my Grilled Pound Cake with Limoncello Bananas. I played around with the ingredient ratios and after quite a few attempts, I created a rich and buttery mini pound cake. I call it a “quarter pound cake”.

This pound cake is a delightful cake to enjoy on it’s own but because it tastes so delicious, I decided to use the quarter pound cake recipe as the base in this Banana Upside Down Cake.


I used a 7 inch round springform pan to bake this mini cake and found it to be the perfect size. You can use any non-springform baking dish of a similar size.

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Here’s how I put this Banana Upside Down Cake together…

Mix together melted butter and brown sugar in a small bowl…

Step 1 for making a Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake | One Dish Kitchen

Spread the butter and brown sugar mixture on the bottom of your baking pan…

Step 2 in making a Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake | One Dish Kitchen

Top with slices of one banana…

Step 3 in making a Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake | One Dish Kitchen

Pour cake batter over the bananas and bake…

A Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake made with a "quarter" pound cake | One Dish Kitchen

Remove the cake from the oven to cool and if using a springform pan, release the attachment and flip onto your cake plate. If using a regular baking dish, place a plate over the top and invert.

A delicious buttery slice of Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake. The perfect dessert to serve one or two people | One Dish Kitchen

For this Mini Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake, I use a 7-inch Nordic Ware Springform pan. You can also use a similar sized baking dish. For more information on the baking dishes I use in our “recipes for one”, please visit our FAQ page.

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Caramelized Upside Down Cake For One or Two | One Dish Kitchen
Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Banana Upside Down Cake, caramelized bananas top a buttery quarter pound cake. The perfect size for one or two people and a wonderful mini dessert. | One Dish Kitchen | onedishkitchen.com

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Servings: 4
Calories: 527 kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk
Ingredients
FOR THE SWEET BANANA BASE
  • 3 tablespoons butter , melted
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 banana , sliced
FOR THE CAKE
  • 1/4 cup butter , softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
Instructions
FOR THE SWEET BANANA BASE
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 7-inch springform pan with butter. Place pan on top of a baking sheet. Mix the melted butter and brown sugar together and spread it on the bottom of the pan. Top with sliced bananas.

FOR THE CAKE
  1. In a small bowl, beat butter and sugar until well mixed. 

  2. Beat in egg and vanilla.

  3. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to butter/sugar mixture and mix to combine.

  4. Stir in the milk.

  5. Spread the batter evenly over the top of the bananas, and bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until top is golden.

  6. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before inverting over a plate.

  7. Best if served warm.

Nutrition Facts
Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 527 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 277mg 12%
Potassium 202mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 80g 27%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 59g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 14.4%
Vitamin C 3.1%
Calcium 5.3%
Iron 8.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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  1. I love your recipes, they look and taste fantastic! Do you have a cook book for sale? I hope you do! I have 2 sisters that live alone and they would be great Christmas gifts for them! I have pointed them to your website already. They always complain that they don’t want to make big recipes because they would just go to waste and let’s face it, not everything works well to freeze the leftovers.

    • Hi Marsha,
      Thank you so much! I currently do not have a cookbook but we have plans for one soon. When everything for the cookbook is finalized, I’ll be sure to let everyone know.
      Thank you so much for forwarding our website information and recipes to your sisters, I hope they find many recipes they love there.
      Have a wonderful week,
      Joanie

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