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Bananas Foster Upside Down Cake – The classic and very delicious Bananas Foster Sauce on top of a lovely, rich and flavorful cake.

Bananas Foster Upside Down Cake | | The classic and very delicious Bananas Foster Sauce on top of a lovely, rich and flavorful cake.

Hi Hi!! Happiest of Mondays, friends!

How was your weekend? What did you do on Valentine’s Day?! Was it ALL you wanted? Did he propose? Did you get a car? A new bag?? Perfume???

How annoying am I? AND nosy! 

Wanna know what I did this weekend?
Netflix —> Fridge —> DVR —> Fridge —> Repeat.

Also in the mix and always on repeat? Laundry, cleaning, cooking, and baking. And entertaining the kids.

Bananas Foster Upside Down Cake | | The classic and very delicious Bananas Foster Sauce on top of a lovely, rich and flavorful cake.

I did all of that AND then-some while blasting the “MTV Party to GO 2000” CD. Sugar Ray and Backstreet Boys, I still ♥ YOU!

Soooo. Fat Tuesday is upon us, and like the many Fat Tuesdays that have come before, I am again attempting to lure you in with a pretty and sweet and delightful and amazing Bananas Foster dessert. Fingers crossed, my plan is working…

Bananas Foster Upside Down Cake | | The classic and very delicious Bananas Foster Sauce on top of a lovely, rich and flavorful cake.

Working off of my Pineapple Upside Down Cake from a few years back, I decided to make my banana-fosters-cake-dreams come true thrice in one day.

First run was a test. We devoured it.
Second run was where all the modifications took place and my Mom, the toughest food-critic of all, took it home.
But my third and final run was so I could get a picture of it and give it to you.

If I’m being perfectly honest, this is the way I want to enjoy the classic Bananas Foster sauce from now until eternity. On top of this sweet, one layer cake + a few cups of hot coffee to go with it.

It’s spongy, it’s extremely flavorful, it’s got texture, it’s got caramel, it’s got RUM! It’s just plain ol’ awesome.

Bananas Foster Upside Down Cake | | The classic and very delicious Bananas Foster Sauce on top of a lovely, rich and flavorful cake.

Okay. What I’m really trying to say is that your Chubby Monday, or your Fat Tuesday, should be consumed by this cake-activity. Flambe your bananas and whip up that cake! You will LOVE it!


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Bananas Foster Upside Down Cake | | The classic and very delicious Bananas Foster Sauce on top of a lovely, rich and flavorful cake.

Bananas Foster Upside Down Cake

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Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
The classic and very delicious Bananas Foster Sauce on top of a lovely, rich and flavorful cake.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 322



  • 3 to 4 bananas , halved lengthwise
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup dark rum


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2- cup sugar
  • 1/2- teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs , separated
  • 1/2- cup apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, melted (cool for at least 3 minutes before using)


  • Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
  • Grease an 11x7 brownie pan with cooking spray or you can also use an 8-inch cake pan or an 8x8 brownie pan. (***see notes)
  • Arrange the bananas, cut side down, in the prepared pan and set aside.


  • Combine butter, light brown sugar and cinnamon in a skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until butter is melted, sugar dissolved and mixture is well combined.
  • Slowly add rum and cook until heated through.
  • Using a lighter, stand back and carefully light the rum.
  • Shake the pan a bit until the flames subside.
  • Remove from heat and pour over prepared bananas; set aside.


  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt; set aside.
  • In your mixer's bowl, beat the egg yolks for 4 to 5 minutes on high speed, or until lemony yellow.
  • With the mixer on low, add apple juice and vanilla.
  • Slowly add the melted butter and continue to mix until combined.
  • Gradually add in the flour mixture, about 1/4-cup at a time; continue to mix until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Remove bowl from mixer and set aside.
  • In a clean, dry mixing bowl, beat the egg whites on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form.
  • Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the flour mixture. (***see notes)
  • Spoon dollops of the cake batter over the bananas and using an offset spatula, gently spread the batter, covering the fruit.
  • Set a baking sheet on the bottom of the oven.
  • Bake the cake in the center of the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
  • Invert it onto a platter.
  • Let the cake cool slightly; about 20 minutes.
  • Cut into squares and serve.


***FOLDING THE EGG WHITES: Move the spatula across the bottom of the bowl; bring it back up the other side, carrying some of the mixture from the bottom over the surface. Repeat, rotating the bowl, until ingredients are combined. DO NOT overmix.
***BAKING PAN: I like using my 11x7 pan for smaller cakes and brownies. If you do not have one, please don't use a 9x13 pan for this cake as the pan will be way too big for the amount of cake batter. Use an 8x8 brownie pan or an 8-inch cake pan, if possible.
Nutrition Facts
Bananas Foster Upside Down Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 322 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 76mg25%
Sodium 229mg10%
Potassium 342mg10%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 46g51%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 290IU6%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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38 Responses
  1. Abbie

    Followed the directions, but my carmel seems like it’s going to be very hard an inedible. Don’t know where I went wrong.. anybody?
    It’s in the oven now.
    Very disappointed as the batter smelled DELICIOUS. Probably user error so I want to correct it for my next attempt.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      I’m sorry you had problems with this :(. I hope the cake turned out, though…fingers crossed! Cooking the caramel for too long – doesn’t take much, even a second – is what will make it harden up real fast.

  2. Carol

    This is such a brilliant recipe! I am wondering if the pan gets discoloured from lighting it, though. I have several pans that I reserve for better recipes and will try to use a pan that does not really bother me if it would happen to get discoloured.
    I can’t wait to make this. Thanks for the beautiful recipe!

  3. Kirstie

    I wanted something kind of challenging to make today and chose this. Never made a carmel before, and mine came out VERY dark brown (maybe because
    I used really dark spiced rum, who knows ) and I didn’t light the pan after I put in the rum. Guess what, it still turned out WONDERFULLY. I used an 8×8 pan and mine was in for 23 minutes before fully cooked. Let it sit for 30 minutes and flipped it, and it slid out without any resistance. Perfecto. I got quite a few surprised faces when the family tasted it, and I’m pretty sure we will all have it devoured before the night is over.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Dark rum is awesommmme!! 😀 But yes, it will darken the cake! hehe
      So happy though to hear that you loved it! Thank YOU!!

  4. Ali

    So… was the yolk and flour mixture supposed to be as GD thick as it was? It was walking that batter/dough line quite finely… folding the egg whites into something like that was definitely a new experience.
    My cake is in the oven right now, so I hope it turns out!

  5. Kevin

    Hi, this cake looks delish! I was wondering if it was really necessary to light the sauce on fire after adding the alcohol? If it is just to “burn” off the alcohol, won’t that happen in the oven as the cake bakes? If I skip that step will it affect the taste of the cake? Thanks for your help!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi! You can just skip the rum. You can also skip the lighting part since there won’t be any alcohol in it. 🙂 Hope that helps!

  6. Amber Gilliard

    Just whipped this up and placed it in the oven. It smells like heaven! Can’t wait to taste it. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Amy! No, I personally have not tried making it in a cast iron. However, I think it should do fine as long as you keep a close eye on it since the baking time may need some adjusting. I hope that helps! Have a wonderful Sunday!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Yasmin! I think you’re asking for the recipe in Spanish? I don’t speak Spanish, but I’ll leave the question on here just in case a reader sees it and can help you out. Thank YOU!

    2. Sylvia

      Yasmin, Creo que si usted hace un corte y pegar en Google Traducir, usted debe conseguir una buena traducción de esta receta. (Lo he probado y se ve bien.)

  7. Rose

    I am definitely eager to try this cake, but one big problem is that i live with someone with an apple allergy and I wanted to ask how significant is it for the recipe, to either substitute or just leave out altogether?

    This looks amazing and it’s making my mouth water! *_*

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Rose! Swap it out with a different juice. How about pineapple juice or strawberry juice? You can’t really taste it, but you do need the liquid. I hope this helps. Let me know if you need anything else! Have a great Sunday!

  8. Fern

    Looks so delish I immediately wanted to try this one. But problem is I’m in Saudi Arabia at this time and Rum would be a big no-no and impossible to find. I know it would alter the flavor but can you suggest a non-alcohol alternative to add in??

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Fern! You can just skip the rum altogether. It does add to the taste, but it’s just as delicious without it. You can also skip the lighting part since there won’t be any alcohol in it. 🙂 Let me know if this helps. Thank YOU!

  9. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    This banana upside down cake looks SO incredibly delicious – I seriously am just drooling here looking at the images of those sweet, sticky, caramelised bananas. Just divine!

  10. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Chubby Monday – he he he. That’s great. This cake looks amazing! Bananas Fosters is one of my favorite desserts. Glad I can enjoy it in cake form now!

  11. Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I’m so sorry that you had to make this cake 3 times… ;). That sauce, though! I want to drink it!

  12. Jen @ Baked by an Introvert

    I love bananas foster! It’s an absolute favorite of mine. This cake would get completely devoured! It’s out of this world delicious.

  13. Nicole - Coking for Keeps

    I LOVE bananas foster. Like go gaga for it. Can’t resist it. Dream about it. The fact that you’ve morphed it a cake, well, I’m about dying right now. It looks INSANELY delicious.

  14. Cookbook Queen

    Seems like I can’t ever watch TV without folding a load of laundry (or four). This cake is beautiful!!

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