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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!

a slice of banana upside down cake on a white lace 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.

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Why This Recipe Works

  • This is the perfect recipe to use one banana in.
  • Upside down cakes are classic desserts and they're so pretty.
  • An upside down cake is easy to make and absolutely delicious!
  • The batter for this upside down cake produces a perfectly moist and flavorful 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.

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Butter: I use salted butter in this cake recipe. For the banana base, use melted butter and for the cake batter, use softened butter.
  • Brown sugar: Use for the sweet banana base.
  • Banana: Use one sliced banana to lay on the bottom of the pan.
  • Sugar, salt, and vanilla extract: For flavor.
  • Egg: One large egg adds structure to the cake.
  • Flour: Use all-purpose (plain) flour.
  • Baking powder: A leavening agent that causes the batter to rise.
  • Milk: Milk moistens the batter and builds structure to the batter. It also helps to give the cake a crisp crust. Use whole milk, 1%, 2%, skim or almond milk.

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Mix together brown sugar and melted butter in a small bowl.
  2. Spread the sugar mixture on the bottom of your baking pan.
  3. Top with slices of one banana.
  4. Pour cake batter over the bananas and bake.
four photos showing how to make a banana upside down cake in a small pan.
  • 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.
a slice of banana upside down cake on a plate next to a beige napkin on a silver tray.

Expert Tips

  • The batter is fairly thick and will require a spatula or a large spoon to help the batter out of the mixing bowl and to spread evenly over the banana.
  • Place your springform pan on a rimmed baking sheet in case any sugar leaks out of the base of the pan.
  • Insert a toothpick into the cake when you have reached the 40 minute mark. If the toothpick comes out clean, with no wet batter stuck to it, the cake is ready. If there is wet batter on the toothpick, place the cake back in the oven and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Although this dessert is wonderful at room temperature. It is absolutely spectacular when it is enjoyed warm from baking.

Banana Desserts

If you have one or two overripe bananas, you might like to use them in any of these easy banana recipes:

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Best Pan To Use In A Mini Banana Upside Down Cake?

For this Mini Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake, I use a 7-inch Nordic Ware pan. It holds 4 cups of cake batter. For more information on the dishes I use in our “recipes for one”, please visit our FAQ page.
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Do I Have To Use An Over Ripe Banana In This Recipe?

You can use a ripe or an over ripe banana in this cake recipe. The banana will be baked and caramelized so if it's a super-soft banana, it's totally okay.

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Banana Upside Down Cake on a white plate

Mini Banana Upside Down Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Cooling: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keywords: banana recipe, banana upside down cake, cake, upside down cake
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 523kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

FOR THE SWEET BANANA BASE

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

FOR THE CAKE

  • 1/4 cup salted 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

  • 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.

FOR THE CAKE

  • 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.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • The batter is fairly thick and will require a spatula or a large spoon to help the batter out of the mixing bowl and to spread evenly over the banana.
  • Place your springform pan on a rimmed baking sheet in case any sugar leaks out of the base of the pan.
  • Insert a toothpick into the cake when you have reached the 40 minute mark. If the toothpick comes out clean, with no wet batter stuck to it, the cake is ready. If there is wet batter on the toothpick, place the cake back in the oven and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Although this dessert is wonderful at room temperature. It is absolutely spectacular when it is enjoyed warm from baking.

Nutrition

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

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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31 thoughts on “Mini Banana Upside Down Cake”

      1. I made this yesterday and it turned out perfect. I did use the Jiffy Cake Mix. The pan was smaller than what you suggested. I only had a 6 inch baking pan (not a springform). I buttered the pan, put parchment paper on the bottom, followed the directions with the sugar, butter, and bananas and filled it halfway with the batter. Baked it for about 30 minutes. With the rest of the batter I was able to make 11 mini cupcakes. It was delicious and I plan on making it again. Thank you for the recipe. SO GOOD.

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