Strawberry Upside Down Cake

Who says upside down cake can only be made with pineapple? Nearly any fruit makes a great upside down cake and with strawberries in season now, this is one of my springtime favorites.

The simple, yellow cake batter comes together fast and is mixed in one bowl. Other fruits work well, too. In the winter when interesting fresh fruit is hard to come by, canned apricot halves make an outstanding version of this cake.

Strawberry Upside Down Cake
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 c packed brown sugar
½ lb fresh, ripe strawberries, washed & sliced
Cake Batter
1 1/3 c flour
2/3 c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2/3 c milk
1/4 c butter, room temperature
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt the three tablespoons of butter in a 8 or 9 inch square or round baking pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the butter. Arrange the sliced strawberries in the pan. Set pan aside while making the cake batter.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and baking powder. Add the milk, 1/4 c butter, egg, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer set on medium for one minute, scraping the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Gently pour the batter over the sliced berries so the fruit stays in place.

Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes or until top is brown and the tip of a knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. The cake will feel firm when lightly touched and the top will be dark golden brown. Cool for 2-3 minutes. Run a sharp knife around the inside edge of the pan to loosen then cake then turn upside down onto a plate. Let sit another minute then gently lift the pan off the cake. Any topping that might stick to the pan can be spread back onto the cake. Best served warm.

Serves 4-6

  1. oh wow, this is it… better than pineapple and I must say, the other one I saw today with mangoes, but then, I think it carried a whole ‘nother taste

    • I’ve actually done this with mangoes and I must say, it was pretty darned good, too. Mangoes are high up on my favorite fruit list. I can’t think of any fruit, with the exception of melons(too watery I would think)that wouldn’t make a great upside down cake.

  2. ahhh this is BRILLIANCE!
    Please stop by and say hi

  3. That looks amazing!

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