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This is one of the most striking desserts you will ever see. Just look at that swirl of caramelly bananas! Underneath all of that gooey sweet goodness, you will find a deliciously light and slightly tangy white cake made with flax eggs and yogurt. Oh. My. Goodness. It’s kind of perfect.   Reprinted with permission from The Vegan ABCs Cookbook by Lisa Dawn Angerame, Page Street Publishing Co. 2021. Photo credit: Alexandra Shytsman

Banana-Caramel Upside-Down Cake [Vegan]

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For the Banana Bread:

For the Flax Eggs:

  • 2 tablespoons (20 g) ground flaxseed
  • 6 tablespoons (90 ml) water

For the Bananas and Caramel:

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) Sweet Buttery Miso Caramel (see below)
  • 3 big or 4 small ripe bananas, sliced lengthwise cake

For the Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups (188 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (240 ml) plain unsweetened vegan yogurt
  • 1 cup (192 g) vegan cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) sunflower oil
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) vanilla extract

For the Sweet Buttery Miso Caramel:

  • 1 cup (192 g) vegan cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) cold water
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) reduced-fat unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) mellow white miso
  • 2 teaspoons (10 g) vegan butter
  • Pinch of salt


For the Sweet Buttery Miso Caramel:

  1. Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan and stir to combine. Turn the heat on medium-low and cook, without stirring, but swirling the pot occasionally, until the mixture is bubbly and has turned a light amber color, about 8 to 10 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and set aside.
  2. In the meantime, add the coconut milk, miso, butter and salt to a separate small saucepan. Use a small silicone spatula to break up the miso. Turn the heat on low and whisk to work the miso into the coconut milk and butter, until the mixture is completely smooth and warm.
  3. Slowly pour the warm coconut milk–miso–butter mixture into the sugar and quickly whisk it together. Be careful; it will bubble up and will be wicked hot. Cover and let cool.
  4. If not using immediately, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Bring to room temperature before using.

For the Banana Bread:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a 9-inch (23-cm) springform pan or baking pan with a parchment round.
  2. To make the flax eggs, whisk together the ground flaxseed and water in a small mixing bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes to thicken.
  3. Pour the Sweet Buttery Miso Caramel into the pan and use an offset spatula or the back of a spoon to spread it in a thin layer as close to the edges as you can. Lay the bananas on top of the caramel, with their flat sides facing down and their rounded sides facing up, so when the cake is flipped upside down, the cut side will be facing up. Set aside.
  4. Add the flour, baking soda, zest and salt to a big mixing bowl. Add the flax eggs, yogurt, sugar, sunflower oil, lemon juice and vanilla. Mix, using a hand mixer on low, until the batter is smooth.
  5. Pour the batter over the bananas. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a tester comes out clean.
  6. Let the cake sit for at least 30 minutes. Carefully invert the cake onto a serving platter and release the springform pan or tap the top to release the cake. Remove the parchment round. Cool completely before serving.


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