Upside Down Banana Rum Cake

Posted by Lindsey On 12:25 PM

I had some bananas that I needed to use up so I came up with this recipe and I think it turned out very good. Next time I would add some walnuts to the batter and caramel, the only reason I didn't was I didn't have any on hand. This cake is amazing served warm with some vanilla ice cream.

Upside Down Banana Rum Cake
from ME

1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
4-5 ripe bananas
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons dark rum, divided
1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Make the banana layer

Place the sugar, 1 tablespoon of rum and water in a sauce pan over medium high heat on the stove, Once it’s fluid and light amber in color, distribute the caramel evenly all over the bottom and sides of the pan. Set aside. Split the bananas lengthwise and distribute them with the cut side down, over the caramel. Try to place them as close as you can and close to
the pan sides. Set pan aside

For the cake batter

Sift together flour, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt. Beat butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, then gradually beat in brown sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in almond extract and rum. Add half of flour mixture and beat on low speed just until blended. Beat in milk, then add remaining flour mixture, beating just until blended. (Batter may appear slightly curdled.)

Spoon batter over banana topping and spread evenly. Bake cake in middle of oven until golden and a tester comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let cake stand in pan 5 minutes. Invert a plate over skillet and invert cake onto plate. Replace any banana stuck to bottom of pan. Cool cake on plate.

Adapted from

Banana Upside Down Cake
Upside Down Pineapple Cake

3 Response to "Upside Down Banana Rum Cake"

  1. Erin Said,

    YUM! I love rum & banana cakes. Good idea to combine them!


  2. Anonymous Said,

    This looks SO good and yummy! I can't wait to try this recipe!


  3. Joelen Said,

    What a great recipe to combine bananas and rum! It's great catching up with your blog with all the delicious entries you've posted recently and hopefully I'll have more time in the future to stop by and comment!