Mini Banana Upside Down Cake

This incredible Banana Upside Down Cake is the perfect dessert to make if you have 1 banana to use. Caramelized bananas top a buttery, easy to make “quarter” pound cake. This mini upside down cake is the perfect size for one or two people. If you like bananas, you will absolutely LOVE this cake!

slice of banana upside down cake on a plate

This Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake is the perfect dessert to make when you have just one banana. It’s a mini cake and it’s the ideal size for one or two people.

Banana Upside Down Cake

Melted butter and brown sugar make the perfect topping for this delightful cake.

Together with sliced bananas they caramelize and create a buttery, sweet top layer to a perfectly tender “quarter” pound cake.

Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake.

Upside Down Cake

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.

I played around with the ingredient ratios and after a few attempts, I created a rich and buttery mini 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 mini 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.

How To Make A Banana Upside Down Cake

Here’s how I put this banana upside down cake together…

Step 1

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

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

Step 2

Spread the sugar mixture on the bottom of your baking pan.

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

Step 3

Top with slices of one banana.

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

Step 4

Pour cake batter over the bananas and bake.

upside down cake in a springform pan

Step 5

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 mini cake pan, place a plate over the top and invert.

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

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Banana Upside Down Cake Recipe

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Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Cooling: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: cake
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 523kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk



  • 3 tablespoons butter , melted
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 banana , sliced


  • 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



  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
    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.


  • In a small bowl, beat butter and sugar until well mixed. 
  • Beat in egg and vanilla.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to butter/sugar mixture and mix to combine.
  • Stir in the milk.
  • Spread the batter evenly over the top of the bananas, and bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until top is golden.
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes before inverting over a plate.
  • Best if served warm.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 523kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 277mg | Potassium: 206mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 725IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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22 thoughts on “Mini Banana Upside Down Cake”

  1. rated it tops and I am not fond of cooked bananas but this was excellent and will be on my return to list. Thanks

  2. This sounds fabulous! If I wanted a plain quarter pound cake, would I just omit the banana topping parts and make the cake? Also, does the ripeness of the bananas make a difference in flavor once they are cooked in sugar and butter?

    1. Hi Tricia,

      Yes, you can make the cake part of the recipe without the bananas.

      I don’t find much of a difference in taste whether you use super ripe bananas or ripe bananas. Super ripe (spotty) bananas are sweeter but you likely won’t notice much of a difference in this recipe.

      Hope you enjoy it!

  3. Seriously incredible recipe. Easy to put together, bakes beautifully and tastes amazing. If only I could figure out a way to make one full size lol.

  4. First time trying this recipe. The taste was great I, think I went a little heavy on the sugar. Have to work on presentation.

  5. DELICIOUS and pretty ! Moist ! I did cut back the sugar to a half cup…3/4 seems like a lot…Next time i’ll add walnuts to too !

    1. Hi Marie, thanks so much for letting me know you enjoyed the recipe. Such a great idea to add walnuts, I might have to do that next time I make this cake.

  6. 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.

    1. 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.
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      Have a wonderful week,

  7. Um, this cake sounds amazing. Would you believe that I’ve never heard of a banana upside down cake? I think I need to crack into it and have a go!

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