Recipe: Banana Peel Sticky Toffee Upside Down Cake

Part sticky toffee pudding, part banana cake, this sticky, gooey and surprisingly light and easy recipe takes dessert to a whole new level.

Created by Gretchen Houston (Lowe) for Dole NZ

Not only is it a great way to use up overripe bananas, but here I’ve snuck in the peel as well. It’s all blitzed together in a food processor so you’d never know – as well as minimising waste you’ll be sneaking in the extra nutrients of vitamin B6 and B12, as well as magnesium and potassium all crammed into a humble banana skin.


Serves: 10


6 ripe Dole bananas
1/3 cup maple syrup
120g unsalted butter, softened
200g brown sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g self-raising flour, sifted
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Toffee Sauce:
125g unsalted butter
1 cup lightly packed dark-brown sugar
3/4 cup heavy cream


Preheat the oven to 170ºC and line a 22cm cake tin with baking paper, greasing the sides (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. Peel and slice 3 bananas in half lengthways and layer them, cut-side down.

For the cake, rinse the remaining 3 bananas under cold water, cut off ends then blend banana and skins together in a food processor.

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 flour, baking soda and cinnamon.Fold in bananas and pour the batter over bananas in pan.

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Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Meanwhile for the toffee sauce, combine butter, sugar, and cream in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium (so sauce doesn’t boil over) and boil, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens and darkens slightly, about 4 minutes.

Once cake is cooked. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 mins before turning out onto a plate.
Pierce hot cake all over with a skewer, then drizzle over half the sauce.
Best served warm with remaining sauce and ice-cream but it’s also delicious at room temperature.

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