Banana-Pecan and Dulce de Leche Upside Down Cake

Banana, Pecan Upside down Cake

Hola everyone,

If you are searching for that one great banana cake recipe, the one that will always impress people, taste great, is easy to throw together yet so hard to mess up, then this is the cake for you.

A couple of weeks ago I was feeling guilty about the ripe bananas sitting on my counter that were about to go bad, so I made this Banana-Pecan and Dulce de Leche Upside Down Cake… and it was soooo delicious. Upside Down Cake is best served warm and even better with vanilla ice cream.

I can’t wait to make it again. Buen provecho!



  • Topping:
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1 large banana, peeled and sliced
  • Cake:
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup dulce de leche or arequipe

Upside Down cake piece


  1. Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter a round cake pan.
  2. To make the topping: Heat a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the butter and sugar, cook stirring occasionally, until it’s browned, about 5 minutes.
  3. Making Syrup

  4. Remove from the heat and add the pecans. Pour the butter-sugar mixture into the cake pan. Using a rubber spatula, spread the mixture out so it to covers the bottom of the pan.
  5. Arrange banana slices evenly. Press the slices into the butter-sugar mixture.
  6. To make the cake: Using a sieve over a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  7. In a large bowl with a hand-held electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar and mix at a low speed until just incorporated. Raise the speed to high and mix until light and fluffy, about 10 minutes. (Occasionally turn the mixer off, and scrape the sides of the bowl down with a rubber spatula.)
  8. Add the eggs one at time, waiting for each one to be fully incorporated before adding the next.
  9. Reduce the speed of the mixer to low. Add the flour mixture, milk, dulce de leche and banana. Raise the speed to medium and mix briefly until a smooth batter is formed.
  10. Pour the batter over the banana layer, distributing evenly. Bake the cake, rotating the pan once during cooking, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove the cake from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
  11. Banana, pecan, dulce de leche Upsidown Cake

  12. Run a knife around the edge of the pan to release the cake. Carefully invert the cake onto a serving plate.
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  1. says

    I don’t usually comment on dessert posts (because I don’t bake + avoid sweets and therefore can’t relate). However, I have to make an exception here. This looks delicious! And I want some.

  2. says

    Oh My God!!! Erica, I subscribe to your feed, so this morning I saw in my email the title of your cake, and the whole time in the shower all I could think about was upside down dulce de leche banana cake. It’s a combination of my most favorite things. And now that I’ve seen it. I’m almost drooling. It looks sooo good.

  3. says

    Oh, my, goodness!! That cake is divine … I love dulce de lche as is but in this cake with pecans. That gooey goodness is making me salivate!

  4. says

    As someone living in Argentina, I think I’m qualified to opine on desserts featuring dulce de leche. This cake looks out of this world!!! I will definitely be giving it a try. Thanks for posting your creation.

  5. says

    Ooh what a brilliant idea! I love banana bread. I always feel guilty throwing away ripe bananas so I will keep this recipe in mind next time. :) Thanks for your kind words on my blog. I always love reading your new posts. Oh especially that shrimp and orzo recipe… I can’t wait to try it again!

  6. says

    I love banana cakes but have not seen a better one. This looks really delicious with all those caramel pecan banana topping…mmm. Thanks for sharing.

  7. says

    i may never make banana bread with my brown bananas again–this looks like one winner of a recipe! that oozing and luscious dulce de leche is the kicker–amazing creation, erica!

  8. Isabel says

    I have a Colombian birthday party next weekend and I find this cake to be innovative and I would like to bake it for this party. I do have a question. How many servings per recipe does this cake have? I would like to do the calculations to supply for 20 guest. could you please respond whenever possible as I would like practice throughout the week prior to the party.

  9. Karen says

    I made this for a graduation party for a Colombian friend last night. Needless to say, it was a huge hit. Despite being cooked and reheated for the ice cream, it stood up to all abuse so it is not too delicate for a long day. Thank you.

  10. Cindy Santos-Mendoza says

    Hi! You forgot the Vanilla Extract!! When was I supposed to incorporate? I just realized when I put it in the oven!!

  11. Cindy says

    Well, it’s been two years and I can’t believe that this recipe has not been resurrected since then! I am about to do so! Can’t wait to try this. Have been searching on the internet forever for the right dulce de leche recipe and this is it. Not too tricky and I wanted to find something where you actually add the dulce de leche right into the recipe as well. I have 1 1/2 cans I need to use up in the fridge! This is my “one week before my birthday week” in cold Canada and this is how I plan to celebrate and warm up.

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