Gluten-Free Banana and Hazelnut Cake

After her whirlwind visit, my sister Em, is now on a plane flying back to her husband and two sons in LA.  It was a very brief and rushed visit and I was very grateful we managed to find a few moments to spend together.  As most of you are aware, we spent Sunday together at a family lunch.  One of the dishes I brought was this upside down banana and hazelnut cake.

Upside down banana and hazelnut cake

Upside down banana and hazelnut cake

It’s adapted from a recipe I found on Taste and it’s super-easy, only takes minutes to throw together, requires just a few ingredients and is wonderfully moist.  For anyone with a gluten allergy or intolerance, it’s perfect.

Spreading the sliced bananas across the bottom of the cake tin

Spreading the sliced bananas across the bottom of the cake tin

I made it on the morning of our lunch and it was still warm when we cut into it.  A dollop of cream on the side would be the perfect way to serve this but somehow I forgot to buy cream so we ate ours with ice cream – which was absolutely fine.

A gluten-free cake

A gluten-free cake

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Gluten-Free Banana and Hazelnut Cake
Recipe type: Cake
Cuisine: Dessert
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Serves: 8-10
A gluten-free banana and hazelnut cake that's quick to make, doesn't require any complicated ingredients and is magnificent.
  • 2 small bananas, thinly sliced
  • 185gm (6.5oz) butter, softened
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed plus 2 tbspns extra
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1⅓ cups hazelnut meal
  • ⅓ cup rice flour
  1. Preheat oven to 160C (320F) or 140C (285F) fan-forced.
  2. Line base and sides of a 22cm (8.66 inches) round cake tin with baking paper.
  3. Sprinkle paper with extra brown sugar and arrange banana slices on top of sprinkled sugar.
  4. Combine butter, sugar and vanilla in an electric mixer and beat until as white as possible and light and fluffy.
  5. Add eggs one at a time and beat well between additions.
  6. Add hazelnut meal and flour and beat only until just combined. Pour mixture over banana slices.
  7. Place in oven and cook for 55 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow to rest for 10 mins before turning upside down onto a cake stand.
The cake is topped with toffee

The cake is topped with toffee

This cake is so quick and easy to make that I hope you give it a try.  I know I’ll definitely be making it again.

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  1. Looks amazing Charlie! Thanks for posting this as I am always look out for new and different gluten free cakes. I also have to substitute eggs so will have to see how it comes out for me. So pretty with the bananas on the top. I bet you house smelled marvellous whilst it was cooking.

  2. Yum, looks great, but I’m allergic to bananas… go figure 🙂 Liz x

  3. Mmmm, hazelnuts and caramelized bananas! Bet this is de-lish Charlie!

  4. your cake looks so beautiful – though it does make me a bit sad as now I have a niece who is gluten free and a nephew who is allergic to most nuts (though hazelnuts might be one exception) – but I would love it

  5. Amazing! I am not a fan of hazelnuts unfortunately. I think this would be great with almond flour, though! Bye-bye Em! Such a bummer when the family has to go home after a visit…but so much fun to see them! xo

  6. What a lovely looking cake, Charlie. I should really use more hazelnuts in my cooking/baking though I suppose almonds would work as well.

  7. Hi Charlie, This looks so good for gluten free! I’m seeking out more gluten free desserts lately and love those that don’t include using all kinds of crazy flours! The texture and height of the cake looks amazing!

  8. Lovely recipe, Charlie… hazelnuts are a favourite at our place.

  9. This really looks amazing…and so easy!

  10. This looks so appealing. Love the idea that it is GF although I am not allergic!!!

  11. Glad you got to hang out with your sisters(as I did this weekend past). I havent read about your lunch but I look forward to it. Love this cake it will be a keeper1

  12. That looks delicious! I love anything with bananas – especially when freshly baked and still warm. Glad you had a wonderful visit with your family and found some time to spend with your sister. 🙂

  13. I adore the coloring of this cake Charlie – and only 7 ingredients! I have to give this a try as I am always on the prowl for GF cake recipes!

  14. Oh Charlie, that’s outstanding! I can’t wait to share this cake with my neighbour who must remain gluten free.

  15. Doesn’t this look delicious indeed Charlie! What a pretty pattern the banana makes on top too. I’ll definitely have to try this on the weekend- any excuse for a cake after all 🙂 xox

  16. I like this very much, definitely a keeper especially for friends and family who are gluten intolerant.

  17. What a great looking dessert Charlie, love the prep time.

  18. This looks awesome! I’m not gluten intolerant but a few of my friends are, this looks like a fantastic thing to cook for them! Thanks!

  19. Any cake I can throw together quickly sounds great. Seems so many are gluten intolerant so it’d be a winner for us.

  20. This cake looks great Charlie…I like the idea of using hazelnut meal…and yes, like the bananas, upside down…yum!
    Have a great week 😀

  21. My grandpa would have this with ice cream AND cream…he’s a wise man is my Grandpa 🙂

  22. I love bananas, I love hazelnuts, I love cake, so this is downright perfect. 🙂

  23. This cake looks so incredibly delicious! Love any cakes that contain hazelnut meal.. they always end up so moist and delicious. Craving a slice right now!

  24. What a winner of a recipe Charlie! A must make!
    Have a super day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  25. A fast cake is the best for a student 😛
    Must make this soon!

    Choc Chip Uru

  26. Oh, yeah! Love seeing another lovely cake topped with caramelized fruit! Perfect for when peaches aren’t in season 🙂

  27. What a gorgeous cake. I love the simple ingredient list and the mix of hazelnut flour and banana. I would also be quite happy to take mine with ice cream!

  28. This looks wonderful, Charlie! I’m going to have to order some hazelnut meal. I’ve never tried it. I bet it is a wonderful flavor in the cake.

  29. HAZELNUT MEAL! Oh,oh, oh!

  30. Love the idea of caramelised bananas on this upside down cake! Definitely bookmarking this one 🙂

  31. Why is it that when you make something, Anything, it looks DELISH? But when I do, it looks, well, not quite delish!!!

    Love this gorgeous cake! xx

  32. Looks and sounds great, might have to give it a go 🙂

  33. I’m so glad that all siblings finally got together and spend time together it’s always hard when we all have our own lives now and live in different parts of Australia and in your case and mine all around the world 🙂 Have book marked this recipe, as I know quite a few GF Free friends!

  34. I LOVE upside down cakes! So pretty with fruits on the bottom. Haven’t tried with banana and now I know how beautiful it will look! GF is a nice plus as I start to have more GF friends when we hang out together. 🙂

  35. One of our good friends requires a gluten-free diet. And he’s currently quite ill…this would be such a treat! I love the hazelnut flour. I don’t need gluten-free, but who wouldn’t love this recipe. It’s a pretty cake, too.

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