Enlightened Banana Upside-Down Cake

Enlightened Banana Upside-Down Cake

Enlightened Banana Upside-Down Cake


Makes 12 servings


1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons butter
2 small bananas, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar substitute*
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 egg whites
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla

*This recipe was tested with sucralose-based sugar substitute.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Combine sugar and water in small saucepan. Heat mixture over medium-high heat, stirring mixture and swirling pan, until mixture is amber in color. Stir in butter. Pour mixture immediately into 8-inch square nonstick baking pan. Cut bananas into 1/4-inch slices. Arrange slices in sugar mixture.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; set aside. Beat sugar substitute, oil and applesauce in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed 1 minute. Beat in egg whites and yolk, one at a time, until blended. Add buttermilk and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture, beating 1 minute or until blended.
  4. Pour batter over bananas in pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes in pan on wire rack; invert onto serving plate. Cool slightly; cut into 12 pieces. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 2-1/2X2-inch piece of cake
Calories 184
Calories from Fat 35 %
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 23 mg
Carbohydrate 27 g
Fiber 1 g
Protein 3 g
Sodium 191 mg

Dietary Exchange

Starch 1-1/2
Fruit 1/2
Fat 1

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