Banana Split Cherry Upside Down Cake


An incredibly moist and flavorful funfetti cake is topped with fresh sweet cherries and creamy bananas nestled into a thick layer of caramel.  It’s a fun play on a childhood classic- the banana split.


This Banana Split Cherry Upside Down Cake is an incredibly moist funfetti cake topped with fresh cherries, creamy bananas & a thick layer of caramel. Click for RECIPE.  

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This Banana Split Cherry Upside Down Cake is an incredibly moist funfetti cake topped with fresh cherries, creamy bananas & a thick layer of caramel. Click for RECIPE.  

Well hello there.  I’m back from my trip to Utah where I got a big healthy fix of 100 degree weather and the cutest, little owls you ever did see.  I’ll be sharing some of the photos I took on this trip, including photos of itty, bitty baby owls,  in a future post.

This Banana Split Cherry Upside Down Cake is an incredibly moist funfetti cake topped with fresh cherries, creamy bananas & a thick layer of caramel. Click for RECIPE.  
This Banana Split Cherry Upside Down Cake is an incredibly moist funfetti cake topped with fresh cherries, creamy bananas & a thick layer of caramel. Click for RECIPE.  

This Banana Split Cherry Upside Down Cake is an incredibly moist funfetti cake topped with fresh cherries, creamy bananas & a thick layer of caramel. Click for RECIPE.  

In the meantime, you should know that my heart is breaking into a million little pieces.  You see, my Bengal kitty has become extremely ill and is currently fighting for his little life in the animal hospital.  The vets are saying that his issues are treatable;  however, given his advanced age they need to make modifications to the treatment.  That said, he is not out of the woods yet, so to speak. . .and anything could happen.  I suspect he will be in the hospital another three or so days.  I’m going to pay him a visit tomorrow in the hopes that seeing a familiar face will cheer him up. . .even if just a little bit.

This Banana Split Cherry Upside Down Cake is an incredibly moist funfetti cake topped with fresh cherries, creamy bananas & a thick layer of caramel. Click for RECIPE.  

I’ve been worried sick about him and have been anxiously awaiting updates from the vet.  They had been planning on giving him a feeding tube to help get nutrients into his frail body;  however, he said “no way” I’m eating my food on my own.  And as such he proceeded to gobble down most of the food that came his way.  That’s my little man.  Always a little fighter.  I was so happy when I heard this news that I nearly broke down in tears.

This Banana Split Cherry Upside Down Cake is an incredibly moist funfetti cake topped with fresh cherries, creamy bananas & a thick layer of caramel. Click for RECIPE.  Anyhow, please continue to send good vibes his way because every little bit helps as he fights to return to his usual spunky self.
This Banana Split Cherry Upside Down Cake is an incredibly moist funfetti cake topped with fresh cherries, creamy bananas & a thick layer of caramel. Click for RECIPE.  

Before I left for Utah, I made you this dreamy Banana Split Cherry Upside Down Cake.  It’s everything you love about a Banana Split, but in cake form.  You can even top it with a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream to make it a little more banana split legit, if you so choose.

This Banana Split Cherry Upside Down Cake is an incredibly moist funfetti cake topped with fresh cherries, creamy bananas & a thick layer of caramel. Click for RECIPE.  
This Banana Split Cherry Upside Down Cake is an incredibly moist funfetti cake topped with fresh cherries, creamy bananas & a thick layer of caramel. Click for RECIPE.  

This deliciously scrumptious Banana Split Cherry Upside Down Cake all starts with a fluffy and moist ricotta and olive oil cake that is heavily doused in sprinkles.  The sprinkles are absolutely mandatory . . .this is an ode to the banana split after all.

This Banana Split Cherry Upside Down Cake is an incredibly moist funfetti cake topped with fresh cherries, creamy bananas & a thick layer of caramel. Click for RECIPE.  
This Banana Split Cherry Upside Down Cake is an incredibly moist funfetti cake topped with fresh cherries, creamy bananas & a thick layer of caramel. Click for RECIPE.  

And a banana split has to be topped with cherries.  Now I know that it typically has a single cherry crowing it in all its glory but I happen to be a cherry fanatic of sorts so it was only natural that I top this Banana Split Cherry Upside Down Cake with as many cherries as I could pack into the bottom of my cake tin.  Well, that is wherever there was a space void of creamy and sweet bananas because these too are mandatory for a banana split cake.

This Banana Split Cherry Upside Down Cake is an incredibly moist funfetti cake topped with fresh cherries, creamy bananas & a thick layer of caramel. Click for RECIPE.  

The fruit is nestled into a thick and heavenly caramel sauce.  You could chose to go all out and sink your fruit into this sweet and luscious sauce or you could skip it all together.   I made it both ways and, while I always love a good caramel sauce, I honestly preferred this cake without it.  Don’t get me wrong it was good with all that sinfully rich topping but I guess I was in the mood to really celebrate the pure taste of the cherries.  Anyhow, I will leave it up to you to decide whether or not you want to go all out and top your cake with the caramel sauce or keep things simple and forgo it.

 

XOXO-

Lynn

 

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This Banana Split Cherry Upside Down Cake is an incredibly moist funfetti cake topped with fresh cherries, creamy bananas & a thick layer of caramel. Click for RECIPE.  
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Banana Split Cherry Upside Down Cake
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 10 mins
 
An incredibly moist and flavorful funfetti cake is topped with fresh sweet cherries and creamy bananas nestled into a thick layer of caramel.  It's a fun play on a childhood classic- the banana split.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 servings
BUILDING BLOCKS
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 4 cups fresh cherries
  • 1 1/4 cup full fat ricotta
  • 1/2 cup virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 3 large bananas
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles
THE COURSE
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350° F. 

  2. Wash & pit the cherries.

  3. Lightly butter a 10 inch springform pan & line the base with parchment paper.  You might want to also wrap some aluminum foil on the outside of the pan to minimize mess in case your springform pan leaks.  

  4. Melt the butter.  Stir in the seeds from one vanilla bean.  

  5. Pour the butter onto the bottom of a springform pan & spread into an even layer. 

  6. Sprinkle the brown sugar on top of the butter.  

  7. Whisk together the ricotta cheese, olive oil, granulated sugar, vanilla & almond extract in a big bowl. 

  8. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well in between each addition. 

  9. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, & salt directly over the wet ingredients. 

  10. Pour the sprinkles on top. Fold in until just combined. Do not overmix.

  11. Arrange the banana & cherries in the caramel.

  12. Pour the batter over top of the fruit, spreading it out evenly as needed.

  13. Tap the pan a couple of times on the counter top.

  14. Place on a rimmed baking sheet.  This will insure your oven is protected from any leakage from the spring form pan. 

  15. Once the cake starts to brown on top, place a piece of aluminum foil loosely over the top of the pan.  

  16. Bake for 80-90 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  

  17. Cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes, then turn out to finish cooling on a rack. 

Recipe Notes

Prep time includes a 15 minute cool time.  

 

This Banana Split Cherry Upside Down Cake is an incredibly moist funfetti cake topped with fresh cherries, creamy bananas & a thick layer of caramel. Click for RECIPE.  

31 thoughts on “Banana Split Cherry Upside Down Cake

    • July 23, 2017 at 12:44 pm
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      Many thanks for your kind words Bintu. Sprinkles always seem to have the power to make everything all the more fun, don’t they?

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    • July 23, 2017 at 2:30 pm
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      Thanks Dannii! I have a few slices stashed in the freezer. . .so the perfect fun pick-me-up.

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    • July 23, 2017 at 5:04 pm
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      You can never really go wrong with a banana split, whether it be in cake or ice cream form, now can you Darlene?

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  • July 23, 2017 at 4:59 pm
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    I LOVE upside down cakes and make lots of them, but I usually make it with one fruit only. Love the combination of banana and cherry!

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    • July 23, 2017 at 5:01 pm
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      Upside down cakes are really the best, aren’t they Diana? You definitely need to try mixing fruits in your next cake. I’m thinking a blackberry cherry combo would be tasty too.

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  • July 23, 2017 at 5:51 pm
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    Sorry about your little kitty, hope he gets better soon. I love banana split, and I am sure this cake must be phenomenally good 🙂

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    • July 24, 2017 at 11:47 am
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      Many thanks for your kind words. If you like banana splits, you definitely will love this cake.

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    • July 24, 2017 at 12:48 pm
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      I can’t imagine under appreciating cherries Aaliyah. They truly are my favorite fruit and I will be so sad once cherry season comes to a close.

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  • July 25, 2017 at 10:18 am
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    Sorry about your kitty! I have never had a pet so I can’t even imagine what you must be going through. Sending lots of ‘get-well’ vibes! And this cake looks like a dream! Your pics are stunning as always.

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    • July 30, 2017 at 11:13 pm
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      It can be a very frustrating experience when they are sick Jenny because they can’t tell you what is wrong or why they are not feeling well. Despite all of this, the love you get from them makes it all worth it. Many thanks for your compliments.

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  • July 25, 2017 at 10:45 am
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    Sending good vibes and prayers your way for your little kitty Lynn!! This cake sounds incredibly delish!! Looks so fun and I love the flavors. Need to get this on our dessert menu for summer guests!

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  • July 25, 2017 at 11:17 pm
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    I hope your kitty is okay! Sending prayers and positive thoughts your way. Please keep us posted! (And beautiful cake! I love the photo where your hands are covered in cherry juice and you look like an axe murderer.)

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  • July 27, 2017 at 9:26 am
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    This looks so decadent! Love the pictures also, especially the “murdering” of the cherries! Such a fun cake to make! Yum!

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  • July 27, 2017 at 10:39 am
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    So sorry to hear about your kitty. As a cat lover/owner it is a worry when your fur babies are sick. Now, onto this amazing dessert. What a way to end a meal, and the presentation is party perfect. I just picked up some cherries at the store….so good.

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  • July 28, 2017 at 12:37 am
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    you’ll have to give me your recs for utah! i’ll be out there in a couple of weeks for work. hoping your cat pulls through! sending all the good vibes and hugs your guy’s way.

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  • July 28, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    Oh no! 🙁 I totally understand how you feel Lynn and I hope kitty gets better soon. Seeing you would definitely cheer him up. Every time something like this happens I feel sick to my stomach 🙁 On the bright side, the cake feels so warming I bet it’s such a awesome comfort food. Smile lots and if you can’t I’ll do it for you. 🙂

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  • July 30, 2017 at 10:37 am
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    Oh I’m sos orry to hear about your kitty! I recently lost one of my fur babies too soon. It is SO hard. I am crossing my fingers yours pulls through!

    And this cake looks SO good! I love the ice cream on top 🙂

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  • July 30, 2017 at 2:38 pm
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    Looks and sounds like an amazing cake for kids of all ages! I hope your Bengal Kitty gets better and comes home soon!

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  • July 30, 2017 at 8:11 pm
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    Wow this looks like so much fun. I love banana splits but rarely ever indulge in one. I may have to try this, especially with ice cream!

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  • July 30, 2017 at 8:41 pm
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    This looks delicious! i love bananas so this would be right up my alley. The ice cream and chocolate sauce put it over the top 🙂

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    • August 1, 2017 at 4:31 pm
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      Ha! Ha! Well it seems we have a tendency to like things that are over-the-top here at The Road to Honey Sarah. 😉

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  • July 30, 2017 at 10:30 pm
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    wow this looks like an excellent birthday cake.. colorful and cheerful and what celebrations are made of. Great way to use the fresh cherries that we are having such a bumper crop of

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  • July 31, 2017 at 7:00 am
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    Poor kitty. I hope he gets better! This is such a unique looking cake! I don’t think I’ve ever seen an upside down cherry cake. I love cherries but I don’t eat them in desserts much. It’s refreshing to see cherry desserts since I don’t see very many of them!

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    • August 1, 2017 at 4:06 pm
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      Wow! I’m surprise that you don’t see many cherry desserts April. They are truly my favorite fruit to sneak into desserts. I have several on my site and am always looking for excuses to add more. . .but alas. . .cherry season is pretty much over.

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