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Making upside down cakes doesn’t have to be difficult. And they don’t always have to be pineapple either–although that’s good too. Use these six easy steps to make any kind of upside down cake that you can dream up.

Step 1: Choose your fruit. It can be fresh, individually frozen, or canned. Drain or prep your fruit.

Step 2: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place a half cube of butter in the pan and put the pan in the oven. Remove the pan once the butter has melted. 

 

Step 3: Mix one cup of brown sugar with the butter in the pan. Distribute the fruit over the brown sugar layer.

 

Step 4: Mix the cake mix according to package instructions. Add any inclusions such flavor, nuts, ripe bananas, or zest. Spread the cake batter over the fruit layer and bake for 22-25 minutes or until done. When done, invert the cake onto a cutting board.

 

Optional Step 5: Glaze the top of the cake with melted jelly or jam. The glaze adds flavor and makes the cake glistening and attractive.

 

Optional Step 6: Serve with sweetened whipped cream. The whipped cream can be flavored with brown sugar and flavors. For two cups cream, add 1/2 cup brown or granulated sugar and two teaspoons flavor.


Recipes in this article:

Caramel Apple

Cherry

Pear

Pineapple

More Ideas:

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake 

Pear Ginger Upside Down Cake 

Pear Nut Upside Down Cake 

Pear Honey Upside Down Cake 

Peach Upside Down Cake

Cranberry Upside Down Cake 

Cranberry Nut Upside Down Cake 

Cranberry Orange Upside Down Cake 

Cranberry Apple Upside Down Cake  

Plum Upside Down Cake 

Apricot Upside Down Cake

Apricot Cherry Upside Down Cake

Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake

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In our newlywed days in Alaska, we lived high on a hill overlooking The University of Alaska campus. We had three or four acres and we were really into gardens.

We tilled the soil and in the long daylight hours, vegetables like broccoli, peas, and potatoes grew like crazy.

I remember baking a lumpy apple cake loaded with apple chunks and walnuts, drizzled with caramel sauce. It was fantastic.

I’ve long since lost the recipe but was in the mood last week to recreate it. The closest thing I could find was a mini bundt cake recipe. It would have to do.

I never got that exact same cake, but we did make a couple cakes that were very good. One of them was an apple upside down cake.


Ingredients:

3 tablespoons butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1/2 1 1teaspoon vanilla

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 3/4 cups diced, pared apples

1/4 cups walnuts

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

1. Grease bottom of a nine-inch springform pan.Set aside.

2. Cream butter and sugar together. Add egg and vanilla and beat well.

3.Whisk flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together in another bowl.

4. Make a well in dry ingredients and add wet ingredients to dry. Mix.

5. Add apples and nuts to batter. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until top springs back when touched.Cool 5 minutes before removing ring from pan.

6.


Top with caramel sauce. The recipe follows.

For the Caramel Sauce:

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup cream/evaporated milk

1/2 vanilla

1. Blend brown sugar, butter and cream in saucepan. Cook over medium heat until it boils and thickens, stirring frequently. Use a pastry brush, to brush water onto sides of pan to wash undissolved sugar crystals into sauce.

2. Add vanilla.

3. Slowly pour warm sauce over warm cake letting sauce soak into cake.

Baker’s Note: Serve with caramel whipped cream. Recipe follows in this article.


Chubby Cherry Upside Down Cake

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Chubby cherry filling is perfect for a tasty, looks-like-you-spent-way-more-time-on-it upside down cake. It is sweet but tart, and we love it with a dollop of homemade whipped cream.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar

1 container chubby cherry
1 Vanilla Baby Cakes mix.
vegetable oil, water, and eggs as called for on the cake mix package

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1.In13 x 9-inch baking pan, melt butter in oven while it heats. Stir brown sugar into butter and spread mixture evenly across bottom of pan.

2.Scoop full container of chubby cherry filling and spread it on brown sugar.

3.Make cake batter as directed on package. Pour batter over cherry filling and brown sugar.

4.Bake for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool about threePlace large serving plate or cutting board upside down on pan so the pan is covered. Turn plate and cutting board over and, holding pan and cutting board together about four inches off the counter, drop the two together. The cake will pop out onto cutting board. Remove pan. Cool 20 minutes.

5.Cut and serve with whipped cream that

 

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2 cups whipping cream
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons 
vanilla flavor

Whip cream to soft peaks. Add sugar and flavor. Whip again.

Pear Upside Down Cake with Caramel Whipped Cream

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Caramel and pear are meant for each other. The soft brown sugar and the even softer pears are the perfect combination to complete this delightful upside down cake.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar

2 pears, sliced
1
Vanilla Baby Cakes mix.
vegetable oil, water, and eggs as called for on the cake mix package 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1.In13 x 9-inch baking pan, melt butter in oven while it heats. Stir brown sugar into butter and spread mixture evenly across bottom of pan.

2.Slice pears and spread them on brown sugar.

3.Make cake batter as directed on package. Pour batter over pears and brown sugar.

4.Bake for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool for threePlace large serving plate or cutting board upside down on pan so pan is covered. Turn plate and cutting board over and, holding pan and cutting broad together about four inches off counter, drop the two together. The cake will pop out onto cutting board. Remove pan. Cool 20 minutes.

5.Cut and serve with whipped cream that

 

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Caramel Whipped Cream

Ingredients:

2 cups whipping cream
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons 
caramel flavor

Directions:

Whip cream to soft peaks. Add brown sugar and flavor. Whip again.

Traditional Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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This pineapple upside down cake tastes great and is easier than most recipes because it uses a packaged cake mix, much like the cherry and pear recipes.It’s a great cake for a busy day.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar

1 can disked pineapple

Marchino cherries, to taste
1
Vanilla Baby Cakes mix.
vegetable oil, water, and eggs as called for on the cake mix package

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


1.In13 x 9-inch baking pan, melt butter in oven while it heats. Stir brown sugar into butter and spread mixture evenly across bottom of pan.

2.Remove the pineapple from the can and spread them on the brown sugar, along with the marchino cherries.

3.Make the cake batter as directed on box, but add the pineapple juice. Pour the batter over pineapple, cherries and brown sugar.

4.Bake for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool for about threePlace a large serving plate or cutting board upside down on pan so that the pan is covered. Turn the plate and cutting board over and, holding the pan and cutting broad together about four inches off the counter, drop the two together. The cake will pop out onto the cutting board. Remove the pan. Cool 20 minutes.

5.Cut and serve with the whipped cream that follows.

 

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 Whipped Cream

Ingredients:

2 cups whipping cream
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons 
vanilla flavor

Directions:

Whip cream to soft peaks. Add sugar and flavor. Continue whipping. 

 

Top of FormDennis Weaver has burnt food from Point Barrow, Alaska, to Miami, Florida. He is the founder of The Prepared Pantry in Rigby, Idaho and the author of How to Bake: The Art and Science of Baking, available free in an e-book or as a Kindle book on Amazon for $10.


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Dennis lives in Rigby, Idaho, with his wife, Merri Ann. They have five wonderful children.

 

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