Banana-Pecan and Dulce de Leche Upside Down Cake

by Erica Dinho on June 10, 2010

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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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa June 10, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo I want half of this!


2 Jeannie June 10, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Wow! what a beauty! I want a piece of that!:D


3 Sandi June 10, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Wow does that look delicious Erica!!! I want to bite my monitor…LOL!!!!


4 Melanie June 10, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Beautiful cake Erica–thanks for sharing. YUM


5 Angie's Recipes June 10, 2010 at 12:18 PM

A very rich and yummy cake!


6 norma June 10, 2010 at 1:42 PM

You are killimg e Erica…..This is scrumptious…must try on a pecan lover friend


7 sanyukta gour(bayes) June 10, 2010 at 2:21 PM

looks awesome dear…lovley pics…u made me drool early this morning tht too after workout..nt fair..pass me tht heavenly slice


8 rebecca subbiah June 10, 2010 at 2:58 PM

wow this looks so good


9 Joan Nova June 10, 2010 at 4:05 PM

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.


10 lisa June 10, 2010 at 4:06 PM

I don’t like the flavor of banana bread but this, well this could just put me over the edge.


11 Rachana June 10, 2010 at 4:23 PM

A very rich and delicious cake!


12 Anna June 10, 2010 at 4:32 PM

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.


13 Erica June 10, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Thank you guys for the wonderful comments!


14 Maria June 10, 2010 at 6:41 PM

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!


15 Baking is my Zen June 10, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Ooooooooooooooooooooh you did it again! Great recipe!



16 Katie June 10, 2010 at 10:32 PM

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.


17 5 Star Foodie June 10, 2010 at 10:36 PM

Wow, a stunning dessert! I just love the flavor combination of bananas, pecans and dulce de leche! Yum!!!


18 Kim June 10, 2010 at 10:45 PM

Wow!! This cake looks excellent, Erica! Great way to use up those leftover bananas :)


19 Aparna June 10, 2010 at 11:27 PM

Looks very moist, gooey and just perfect. Have never made a cake with dulche leche yet.


20 Sook June 11, 2010 at 12:25 AM

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!


21 Ivy June 11, 2010 at 12:55 AM

Wow this really looks delicious.


22 MaryMoh June 11, 2010 at 1:43 AM

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.


23 grace June 11, 2010 at 5:20 AM

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!


24 Joanne June 11, 2010 at 7:28 AM

God this cake is THE ultimate. I am floored. And drooling. Amazing.


25 ruth June 11, 2010 at 7:51 AM

Wow, looks so moist and delicious!!!


26 Velva June 11, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Holy cow! Erica, this just looks sinful and delicious. This brings banana cake to a whole new level.


27 tasteofbeirut June 11, 2010 at 1:54 PM

I love banana bread and I love pecans and the two paired sounds like a trip to nirvana!


28 Diana@Spain in Iowa June 11, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Oh my Erica, I can relate with Joan here but the cake looks wonderful!!


29 Erica June 11, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Thank you all for taking the time to leave a comment! I truly appreciate it!


30 Faith June 11, 2010 at 8:20 PM

This looks sooooo good Erica! I love the brown sugar topping and how it melts over the cake — beautiful!


31 Oysterculture June 13, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Oh my gosh, This looks absolutely incredible, and guaranteed to get me in trouble! I’m not sure I should I think you.


32 Oysterculture June 13, 2010 at 12:29 PM

I meant to say “Thank You” which of course I do, but its the extra running I’m thinking about.


33 Isabel November 1, 2010 at 7:05 PM

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.


34 Erica November 2, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Isabel- About 10 to 12 servings.


35 Isabel November 2, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Erica, thank you for always being so helpful and promp with my questions!! I appreciate your time and effort :)


36 Karen December 20, 2010 at 9:09 AM

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.


37 Fay July 2, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Am at a loss, what is Dulce de Leche or arequipe? All strange to me here.


38 Cindy Santos-Mendoza November 24, 2012 at 6:50 PM

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


39 Erica November 24, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Sorry! I am going to check the directions!


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