Banana Upside Down Cake {With Cake Mix}

Quick, easy caramelized banana upside down cake recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Starts off with yellow cake mix. Topped with caramel sauce and ripe bananas.

This tasty recipe was inspired by the classic Homemade Pineapple Upside Down Cake. With this new recipe, however, you can reduce waste and use up those ripe bananas sitting on your counter. You can also check out these Easy Ripe Banana Recipes (Banana Desserts) for more sweet ways to use up those old bananas!

Slice of Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake on White Plate

How to make caramelized banana upside down cake recipe with cake mix?

  1. Make caramelized banana topping- And pour in greased baking pan.
  2. Add bananas– As a single layer on top of the caramel.
  3. Make cake batter– By mixing together eggs, butter, water, cake mix.
  4. Pour batter– On top of bananas.
  5. Bake– Until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven– And run a knife along the edge of pan.
  7. Flip the cake over– And let it cool to room temperature.
  8. Enjoy– With topping of your choice.
Upside Down Banana Caramel Cake on Gray Tray With One Slice Cut Out

Cake toppings

Besides the yummy caramel sauce, you can also try a variety of these toppings:

Syrups and sauces– Such as caramel sauce, Dulce De Leche or Nutella Syrup or even Easy Chocolate Ganache (You can also switch out the regular chocolate to make white chocolate ganache).

Whipped cream- Can be a dollop of Homemade Whipped Cream

Ice cream- A scoop of vanilla or vanilla bean ice cream is delicious.

Pudding– Try cheesecake pudding, Homemade Vanilla Pudding or even Homemade Banana Pudding.

Nuts- Such as such as roughly chopped walnuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews, pecans

Coconut- Shredded and sweetened is best.

Dried fruits– Such as dried cranberries, cherries, raisins, mangoes.

Chocolate chips– Mini size is ideal. This can also be replaced with shredded white chocolate, chocolate curls or roughly chopped chocolate bars.

Frosting– Such as German Chocolate Cake Frosting (Coconut Pecan Frosting) or Caramel Frosting.

Spoonful of Banana Cake on White Plate- Closeup Shot

Variations for upside down banana caramel cake

Spice it up– Add cinnamon or nutmeg to your liking.

Make it nutty– Bananas and nuts are often a favorite pairing. Add your favorite chopped nuts, such as pecans or walnuts, to the batter.

Try another cake mix flavor- Although this strays from the classic version, you could also try chocolate cake mix instead of yellow mix. Chocolate chips can also be added to the batter.

Bananas foster upside down cake– It is similar to this recipe. However, the topping is slightly different with a delicious rum butter sauce.

Try other fruits– Such as pears, apples, or cranberries instead of bananas.

Use a large iron skillet– Instead of the typical cake pan to add subtle crispiness along the edges.

Make it vegan- Use coconut oil instead of butter and dairy-free cake mix.

Healthier option– Instead of using brown sugar, you can swap it out for coconut sugar or your favorite sugar free option.

Try other extracts Try almond or maple extract.

Tips and Techniques

Use unsalted butter– Because it prevents this cake from becoming too salty.

You may need more bananas– This depends on the size of the bananas. If you have small bananas, you will require more to cover the pan, whereas large bananas will require less.

Don’t use really ripe bananas– Because they are too soft. They should be ripe but firm with very few black spots on the skin.

Grease pan– Because otherwise the cake will stick and be hard to remove from the pan which can make a mess.

Remove cake from pan within 10 minutes after baking- This is very important or else the cake will stick inside and settle in, making it less presentable. There is also a high likelihood the cake will not come out of the pan properly and will break apart.

Cut bananas lengthwise– I cut them into circles but this will create a slightly different look and display.

Don’t over-mix cake batter- Because that can make the cake very glutonous and rubbery.

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  • Refrigerator- Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container for up to 3 days. 
  • Freezer– Place in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Thaw before serving. You can slice into pieces before storing in the freezer for easier thawing.

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Banana Upside Down Cake

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Quick, easy caramelized banana upside down cake recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Starts off with yellow cake mix. Topped with caramel sauce and ripe bananas.
Yield: 9 Slices


Caramelized banana topping

  • 1/4 cup Butter, Unsalted
  • 2/3 cup Brown sugar
  • 2 Bananas, Ripe and firm but not over-ripe, Sliced into half inch circles


  • 3 Eggs, Large
  • 1/3 cup Butter, Unsalted, Melted
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 box Yellow cake mix


  • Add butter and brown sugar in a small nonstick saucepan.
  • Heat over medium-high heat until butter is melted and you are left with a chunky mixture. The sugar does not need to dissolve completely.
  • Remove from heat and pour in a greased pan (Dimensions: 9×13). Spread it out evenly, using the back of a spoon.
  • Place banana slices in an even layer on top of the sugar mixture. Keep aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add eggs, butter, water and mix until smooth.
  • Add cake mix and mix until just combined.
  • Pour batter in the prepared cake pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean. Keep a close eye after 25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and run a knife along the edge of pan to loosen cake.
  • Let cool in the pan for 5-7 minutes. Then, place a large serving dish on the top of the cake pan and flip the cake over so that the bananas are on the top of the cake on the serving plate.
  • Let it cool until room temperature and enjoy with a drizzle of Homemade Caramel Sauce, if you like.


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 


Calories: 423kcal, Carbohydrates: 69g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 86mg, Sodium: 550mg, Potassium: 166mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 44g, Vitamin A: 464IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 149mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 423
Author: Abeer Rizvi

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