What to Make with a Yellow Cake Mix: Berry Upside Down Cake

Berry Upside Down Cake

Blackberries and raspberries in a yellow cake
Blackberries and raspberries in a yellow cake | Source

A 'Berry' good cake recipe

Summertime is not the only time you can enjoy the sweet taste of berries. In this recipe, the use of frozen berries works just as well as fresh and can be enjoyed year round. Wondering what berry is best to use-whatever berry you happen to have on hand. In my version I used a combination of blackberries and raspberries. For other great berry recipes follow the link that is included here.

This is not a 'by-scratch' cake. A basic yellow cake mix is the foundation, but you can experiment with other flavors such as a white or a butter flavored cake mix. I substitute a plain applesauce in place of the vegetable oil called for in the cake mix.

Since the berry is the main focus there is no need to worry about adding a frosting. A light dusting of confectioner's sugar is a nice touch to finish it off. Another option is to skip the sugar on top and serve with cool whip or other whipped cream topping. Both ways taste delicious.

The baking time will vary depending on the size of pan you use.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 8-16 depending on size of piece.

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow cake mix, other flavors: white; butter
  • 1/3 C plain Applesauce, to replace Vegetable oil in cake batter
  • 3 C Berries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries or a combination
  • 1-2 T confectioners sugar, to sprinkle on top while warm
  • 2 eggs, according to cake mix directions

Rate the Berry Upside Down Cake Recipe

5 stars from 4 ratings of Berry Upside Down Cake

How to make a Berry Upside Down Cake

  1. Rinse and drain berries and place in bottom of prepared cake pan. Use two round or square cake pans.
  2. Mix yellow cake mix according to package directions substituting applesauce for vegetable oil if desired. Pour half of the mix into each pan over the berries. Bake according to package directions
  3. Cool on wire rack for 5 minutes and then turn upside down on serving plate. Dust lightly with confectioners sugar. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Looks great! I'll take one. I'm sure it's good warm, but with the berries, refrigerated, and maybe with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, I bet it'd be great, too! Up & useful & interesting!


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cookaholic 4 years ago from Kent UK

I like the tip to replace the oil with apple sauce ..I generally bake cakes from scratch so I might try that for a healthier option.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Richard-I had it with the sprinkled sugar, but also had some cool whip. I loved the cool whip better and I bet that ice cream would go just as well. Thanks for the votes up, :)

Hello cookaholic-thanks for stopping by. I'd love to cook from scratch, but have not gotten that motivated (or patient) yet! The applesauce really works well.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Looks yummy Denise, I have only ever had pineapple upside down cake so will give this a try, voted up and shared.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

this looks like something I might even try.. berry good boted up.. boted..hmm naw that wasn't funny..:) gave it 5 stars!!!!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I want to shove my face into the computer and eat that entire cake right now. How cruel of you to post this when I'm just getting started this morning. :)

Great recipe and my birthday is coming up! Great combination of events.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This is like a lower calorie delicious cake. It looks wonderful and I will try it out for sure as I've been making lower calorie desserts lately. Thanks.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Looks delicious and I love that it is not a "from scratch" cake. Will try this one out for sure. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

Looks good! Not too fond of blackberries (too seedy) so I'd opt for blueberries and raspberries. I like the idea of it being quick, healthier with the applesauce and the berries, which I love. Voted up and 5 stars for the above reasons.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This looks delicious, of course I would have a dip of ice cream to top it off. I will make this..Thank you Denise...


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Mmmmmm...i'm not much of a dessert eater - but - when i do - it's got fruit in it! This isn't only beautiful - it makes my mouth water..


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Denise, you made it sound so easy.

Substituting the apple sauce was interesting. Will give it a try.

Voted up n sharing.


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ivanmarginal 4 years ago from Jakarta

Yummy... If only I could make it...


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Another recipe to save .

Thanks for sharing and I shall let you know how I get on.

Eddy.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Jools-I was only used to the pineapple upside down cake myself and don't care too much for pineapple, LOL So, this was a much bigger hit in our household. Thanks for your comment.

Frank--you always make me laugh. :) It is super simple and delicious. It's what I consider a 'healthy' dessert b/c of the fruit... although I am sure the rest of the world would disagree with me. :)

Thanks Bill--glad this recipe gave you an idea for your birthday cake. Happy 'early' Birthday to you. :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Pamela-I wish I had the calorie count for you with this...but, if you skip a topping or add a lite cool whip it should keep those calories down a bit more. It is delicious-hope you get a chance to try it.

Faith-LOL I loved your comment about it not being a 'from scratch' cake. Thanks for your comment.

Thanks Danette for your comments and votes/rating. :)

Ruby-let me know if you do make this cake and how it turns out. :) We always try to keep vanilla ice cream in our freezer for just those occasions.

Hi Kim--you are a wise woman to avoid the sweets and stick to the natural sugar in fruit. :) Thanks for reading.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Ruchira-this IS an easy recipe-and delicious! So, give it a try. :) Thanks for the share. :)

Ivanmarginal-thanks for your comment! I sure hope you make it sometime (or, get someone else to make it for you, haha)

Eddy-:) I'm glad that you liked this so much you 'saved' it. Hope you get a chance to make it soon.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I don't know what it is about the photo, but it makes me just want to cut a slice out and devour it! Wonderful recipe idea and so pretty. I also use applesauce and it adds to the moisture of the cake. Thanks for sharing.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Dianna-it was a deliciously moist cake. The berries were scrumptious with the cool whip. Thanks for your comment.


Derdriu 4 years ago

Denise, Now I know what to do with the last raspberries in the surrounding meadows here!

Respectfully, and with many thanks and all the votes, Derdriu


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Derdriu-it is the perfect dessert to throw those last raspberries in. :) There's nothing but sunshine and warm weather here in NC--perfect for picking. Hope you are enjoying delightful weather where you are. Thanks for the votes.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What a coincidence reading this hub as my mom and I were recently discussing yellow cake. I think it is underrated and nice to see you showing it off here. Great ideas and I may just have to experiment :) Sharing!


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

This sounds pretty yummy! I haven't baked a cake in long time but will remember this as a great option.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Christy-that is a coincidence, isn't it. Well, I hope you give this one a whirl, it is so good. But, if you can't find any good, fresh berries use the frozen, but drain them well. Thanks for reading.

Hi Kris-It's worth keeping a yellow box cake mix and a bag of frozen berries on hand if an emergency arises. Best of luck to you, and don't forget the cool whip!


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DDE 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sounds a lovely treat, thanks


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi DDE-it is! Thanks for stopping by. :)


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Pinkchic18 3 years ago from Minnesota

Voted up, useful and awesome! This looks delicious, and actually semi-healthy! :)


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Pinkchic18-glad you liked what you saw here. Yes, it isn't a 'by scratch' cake, which would be more healthy, but it is sooo good. Thanks for stopping by and the vote. :)

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