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Bolo De Banana (Spiced banana upside down cake)

Cuisine Brazilian
Author Diana


  • For the cake:
  • 200 grams all purpose flour 1 1/2 cups
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 100 grams butter 1/2 cup
  • 200 grams granulated sugar 2 cups
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs separated
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • For the topping:
  • 3 bananas
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg


  • Grease a 9 inch pan with oil and preheat oven to 180°.
  • Beat the butter with sugar until smooth and creamy, then add the vanilla and mix. Add 2 egg yolks and beat well.
  • Add the flour, salt and baking powder to the mixture and mix. Followed by the milk and mix well.
  • Beat egg whites with cream of tartar (this should take a couple of minutes) then gently fold in the mixture into batter using a rubber spatula.
  • To prepare the topping, in a sauce pan mix the butter with the brown sugar and spices on medium heat, using a spoon mix to prevent it from being burnt until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.
  • Pour the caramel mixture into greased pan, then arrange the slices of the bananas on top. Next, pour the batter into pan and smooth the top.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let the cake cool down for 10 minutes.