Banana Upside Down Cake

I spent time looking for a recipe for this cake that was inexpensive to make and that did require anything out of the ordinary pantry.  I like this one because it is made in a iron skillet.  Actually any skillet would work that have oven safe handle.

Banana Upside Down Cake

  • Servings: 10 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (1/2 stick)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 bananas, sliced
  • 1/3 cup margarine or butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of nuts to garnish


Preheat oven 350 degrees.

In a 10 inch skillet melt brown sugar and butter in oven.   Remove and add sliced bananas in a single layer on top of the melted butter and sugar.  Place nuts in spaces between banana slices.

In a large mixing bowl, cream margarine and sugar.  Add eggs one at a time beating after each one.  Sift flour, salt and baking powder together.  On slow speed alternate between flour mixture and milk until blended.  Beat for 1 minute on medium speed. Pour over bananas evenly. Bake at 350 degree for 45 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes and flip out cake.  To do this lay a large plate over the skillet and carefully flip over holding the plate to the skillet.  Lift skillet off.  Served when completely cooled.

Tip:  The skillet that was used was a 10 inch square that holds 6 cups of liquid up to the top of the rim.  So when choosing a skillet or baking dish to use check to make sure that it can hold 6 cups of  water.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Kara's Kloud says:

    Oh my gosh this looks SO good! I’ve never had banana upside down cake before, but I love bananas and I love cake, so I will try to make this when I go home over break 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. trkingmomoe says:

      It is a really nice coffee cake with a surprise topping. Thanks for stopping in.


  2. chefkreso says:

    Sounds like a yummy cake!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. trkingmomoe says:

    The coffee cake has a nice crumb that you only find in coffee cakes. The cake is not too sweet so it goes well with a banana foster type topping. Perfect to serve with tea or coffee. I was really please to the way it turned out.


  4. How clever! I make pineapple upside down cake but never heard of banana!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I get many bananas and have to find uses for them. Thanks for you comment.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. stkfoodspune says:

    It really looks good! i hope its taste will be good.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. trkingmomoe says:

      It is not overly sweet and has the texture of a coffee cake. It is perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. Thanks for stopping in.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. stkfoodspune says:

        I will try “banana upside down cake” with tea. It’s a good idea!

        Liked by 1 person

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