Sunday 29 December 2013

Banana Maple Upside Down Cake

I simply love the sound of this cake - who can possibly resist a combination of bananas and maple syrup fused together in a sticky gooey sauce lining the bottom of the cake. 

The bananas and maple syrup caramel topping did not disappoint - softened bananas soaked in a sweet, sticky maple flavoured syrup. It's totally addictive and goes so well with cake. 

I wasn't so happy with the butte cake though - I thought that the texture was rather dry. I was already slightly concerned about this recipe as it did not have any added moisture in the form of milk or water. I think in future I would make this banana maple caramel topping with another butter cake base. 

Banana Maple Upside Down Cake (9 inch)
A Bill Granger Recipe

  • 100 g (3.5oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 220 g (7.8oz) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 155 g (5.5oz) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
For the caramel topping
  • 50 g (1.8oz) unsalted butter
  • 60 g (2.1oz) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 60 ml (2.1fl oz) maple syrup
  • 4 bananas, sliced in half lengthways to serve
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Place the caramel topping ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring, over medium heat for 10 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved and the syrup is rich and golden.
  • Pour the syrup into a 23 cm (9 inch) greased or non-stick springform cake tin and arrange the sliced bananas, cut-side down, over the base of the tin.
  • Place the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until pale and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition, then add the vanilla extract.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt, then gently fold through the butter mixture. Spoon the batter evenly over the bananas and smooth the top with a spatula.
  • Place the cake on a baking tray to catch any escaping syrup and bake for 35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave in the tin for 5 minutes to cool slightly.
  • Transfer to a large serving plate. Serve warm, with vanilla ice cream if desired.

This is for Cook Like A Star hosted by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids, Baby Sumo of Eat Your Heart Out and Mich of Piece of Cake. 


  1. Mich, this is IRRESISTIBLE!
    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  2. whatever said and done, that cake looks really good! I wouldn't mind gobbling up half of it! Happy New Year to u n ur family! :)

  3. What a nice cake! Always love banana cake...but never tried this upside down version before :)) Thank you Mich for always being there and leaving nice comments on my blog��! Have a wonderful holiday and happy new year in advance my friend!❤

  4. The bananas maple syrup sounds like a delicious combination, I would change the cake recipe too if I were to bake this cake, I think there is too much sugar in it! Happy New Year

  5. Mich, this is a lovely cake! Love the sticky gooey on the bottom of the cake.

  6. Hi Mich, your cake looks delicious! I hope you had a great Christmas and happy new year!

  7. Oh Mich, this cake simply looks absolutely delicious. I will definitely love is not that I often come across banana upside down cake. How I wish Im invited to have a slice .... yum

  8. Mich, This cake sounds yummy, sorry to hear that the cake part wasn't quite what you were hoping for.

  9. Mich, your banana upside down cake looks very pretty there, can't really guess that it was baked upside down. I seldom eat syrup cake

  10. Ooo that sounds like a brilliant topping for a cake! Happy New Year to u Mich ;)

  11. Hi Mich,
    The cake looks good though! Maybe with some drizzling of melted chocolate would cover the dry texture! Or eat it with ice cream!
    Happy New Year!

  12. I have never used bananas in an upside down cake. Great idea and looks fantastic too!
    I wish you a great new year!x

  13. The topping looks lovely. I'm sorry the cake turned out a bit dry! What a fabulous idea to use bananas though. Thank you for sharing!

  14. Your cake looks yummy and i would like to have a piece!
    Happy New Year 2014!

  15. Hi Mich,

    Wishing you and your loved ones a great 2014 ahead! Cheers!

  16. wow, finger licking good!
    Wish you a happy new year, God blessed you all the way then!!!

  17. wow, so yummy!
    May The Year 2014 Bring for You Happiness,Success and filled with Peace,Hope & Togetherness of your Family & Friends....Wishing You a...*HAPPY NEW YEAR*

  18. wow.. so tempting! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Mich.

  19. Mich, that looks like a special and yummy cake! Here's wishing you a Happy New Year!

  20. Hi Mich, Happy New Year to you and family. Wow... love your delectable cake, so tempting... I would love to have a big slice please! :))

    Have a nice week ahead.

  21. You mean all those times I was making Pineapple Upside Down Cake I could have been using bananas? Why have I never thought of that??? it looks delicious, Mich! Thank you so much for sharing, Happy New Year to You and Yours!!!

  22. Hi Mich,

    Happy 2014!!!

    You are right that there is no milk, yogurt or any liquid added into this cake batter... I agree that this recipe is kind of strange too... maybe the cake will become moister with time when the syrup get absorbed... I'm just guessing :p


  23. i tried one bill granger cake without butter but used yogurt instead..i found it dry too thus i didnt post it up..

  24. Your first paragraph was exactly how I felt. And I was so happy to see that it's not required to cook the banana first (when I made pinapple upside down cake, I had to cook pineapples in the caramel). This will be a really quick to make and I'm so inspired right now. Better print out the recipe now! :D Thank you for sharing!!!

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