Banana upside-down cake with rum sauce

Banana upside-down cake with rum sauce

Course Dessert, Platter
Cuisine Modern Australian
Servings 8 serves


  • 1/3 cup maple syrup 80ml
  • 3 small bananas
  • 120 g unsalted butter softened
  • 200 g brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 11/3 cup self-raising flour sifted, 200g
  • 100 g pecans toasted, finely ground
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 200 g thick Greek-style yoghurt
  • 2 tbs Bundaberg rum or other dark rum
  • Ice cream to serve
  • 80 g unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup thickened cream 125ml
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar 80g
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup 80ml
  • 1 tbs Bundaberg rum or other dark rum


  • Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease and line a 20cm square cake pan (if you are using a loose-bottomed pan, place a folded sheet of foil around the base in case some of the maple syrup leaks).
  • Pour maple syrup into the base of the pan. Slice bananas in half lengthways and layer them, cut-side down, in the pan. Using a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until thick and pale. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla, then fold in the our, nuts, bicarb and cinnamon.
  • Fold in yoghurt until combined. Carefully spread the batter over bananas in pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Pierce hot cake all over with a skewer, then drizzle over rum.
  • Set aside for 2 minutes to soak, then remove the cake from pan and transfer, bottom-side up, to a wire rack to cool slightly.
  • For the Bundy rum sauce, place the butter, cream, sugar and maple syrup in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the butter melts. Cook for a further 10 minutes or until thickened slightly.
  • Remove from heat and stir through rum. Set aside to cool slightly . Drizzle warm cake with a little rum sauce and serve with ice cream and remaining sauce on the side.
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