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12 Unique Upside Down Cake Recipes ... You'll Absolutely Love!

Updated on July 26, 2017

Upside Down Cakes . . . One of My First Loves

This is my ode to "creative" home cooks and their renditions of unique upside down cake recipes (and drool-worthy food photography).

But first let me share this . . . At age 10, I was taught how to make my very first pineapple upside down cake. You know the kind . . . using cake mix, brown sugar, canned pineapple rings and sweet maraschino cherries in a jar. I was so impressed with myself because of the pretty design I created (boy, I sure wish I had a picture). In short, I fell in love with the art of the upside down cake.

Admittedly, over the years I haven't ventured much beyond using pineapple and sometimes peaches. But recently I stumbled across a recipe that caught my attention . . . which led me to explore what other home cooks were doing and of course, I got carried away. I decided to distill my findings and share some of the best unique "home baked" upside down cake recipes I came across. Here are twelve of them. Enjoy!

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The above photo used under Creative Commons from: Vegan Feast Catering, on Flickr

Apricot Upside Down Cornmeal Cake

Photo used under Creative Commons from: Claudia Crane, on Flickr

The use of cornmeal, yogurt, three different extracts to compliment the other cake ingredients is a very creative approach. Topped with fresh ripe apricots and almond slivers make this upside down cake an intriguing taste treat. Here's the recipe: Apricot Upside-Down Cornmeal Cake

Banana Chocolate Chip Upside Down Cake

Photo used under Creative Commons from: Ross Catrow, on Flickr

"This was the first cake I ever made IN MY LIFE," says Ross Catrow, the photographer of this banana-topped chocolate chip upside down cake. Ross gives credit to a recipe by David Lebovitz, that includes banana puree, cinnamon, sour cream and chopped semi-sweet chocolate in the cake batter.

Blackberry Peach Pecan Upside Down Cake - Vegan-Friendly

Photo used under Creative Commons from: Vegan Feast Catering, on Flickr

Upside Down Blackberry Peach Pecan Cake with Pecan Kreme

Recipe by Vegan Feast Catering

1 cup vegetable margarine

1cup raw sugar

Egg Replacer for 4 eggs

3 cups cake flour, sifted

1 heaping teaspoon baking powder

3/4 pound pecans, chopped medium

1 peach, sliced

1 cup balckberries

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 tbsp vegetable margarine

Mix the dry ingredients together.

Beat the margarine, sugar and then add the egg replacer. Incorporate the dry- fold in the pecans.

Arrange the peaches and blackberries in a cake pan, sprinkle with brown sugar and then the margarine. Pour the cake batter over the fruit and bake at 375 degrees 40 minutes.

Cool. Remove from pan and slice cake in half. Fill with nut kreme and replace the layer. Serves 12

Blood Orange Upside Down Cake

Photo used under Creative Commons from: little blue hen, on Flickr

According to the recipe creator, the sugar, butter and thinly sliced unpeeled organic blood oranges literally "candied" themselves while baking. For a bittersweet upside down cake rendition, try this Blood Orange Upside Down Cake recipe.

Blueberry Upside Down Cake - Gluten-Free

Photo used under Creative Commons from: sass_face, on Flickr

A gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly blueberry upside down cake made with almond flour, coconut milk, organic honey and other good wholesome stuff. Try this awesome Blueberry Upside Down Cake recipe from the "Civilized Caveman Cooking" site.

Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake

Photo used under Creative Commons from: frippy, on Flickr

We already know that apples, butter and brown sugar are a winning combination, so this upside down cake recipe is no exception. Here's a really good Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake recipe and video.

I also wanted to include another recipe. It's showcased on "The Recipe Critic" ... and Alyssa provides her take on this yummy rendition.

Cranberry Walnut Upside Down Cake

Photo used under Creative Commons from: paige_eliz, on Flickr

The recipe for this Cranberry Walnut Upside Down Cake uses tart cranberries and crunchy walnuts to top a semi-sweet cake made from buttermilk and whole wheat flour.

Enjoy A Slice . . .

Cranberry Walnut Upside Down Cake - Photo used under Creative Commons from: cacaobug, on Flickr

Gingered Peach Upside Down Cake

Photo used under Creative Commons from: laural@thimble, on Flickr

Freshly grated ginger root adds a little extra kick to this peach-topped, orange and ginger flecked, sour cream cake. (Wow, that was a mouthful) This Gingered Peach Upside Down Cake recipe makes a most delicious dessert for peach lovers.

Kiwi & Coconut Lime Upside Down Cake

Photo used under Creative Commons from: stephcookie, on Flickr

How much more exotic can you get than tangy sweet "golden" kiwi fruit topping a lime infused coconut cake? This Kiwi & Coconut Upside Down Cake recipe is worth a try.

Pear Gingerbread Upside Down Cake

Photo used under Creative Commons from: mellowfood, on Flickr

The photographer of the above image tried a Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread Cake recipe from Epicurious and it came out beautifully. Now imagine a scoop of homemade double vanilla ice cream on a warm slice. Hmmmm . . .

Plum Upside Down Cake "Idea"

Photo used under Creative Commons from: murkredi, on Flickr

Go "plum" crazy! Your local farmer's market may offer several varieties of plums . . . why not bring home a couple of each and make this colorful mixed plum upside down cake. The photo above gives you an idea of what you can create as a base layer. Here's a recipe you can use.

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Photo used under Creative Commons from: distopiandreamgirl, on Flickr

For the Love of Rhubarb! If you're into rhubarb then you'll love this recipe for a gingered rhubarb topped whole wheat flour cake. Delicious and nutritious, too!

BTW did you know . . . "Rhubarb is usually considered to be a vegetable; however, in the United States, a New York court decided in 1947 that since it was used in the United States as a fruit it was to be counted as a fruit for the purposes of regulations and duties." ~ Wikipedia

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Photo used under Creative Commons from: little blue hen, on Flickr

I Could Go On . . . But I'll Stop For Now

Hope these recipes (and images) have inspired you to create your own unique upside down cake recipes.

Do you have any upside down cake flavor combinations you'd like to share? - Or, Just Let Me Know you Stopped By . . .

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      5 years ago

      These all look so scrumptious and delightful. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      5 years ago

      Now I want upside down cake. I make a caramel apple upside down cake that we enjoy.

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      5 years ago

      These upside down cakes are yummy!

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      5 years ago

      To traditional pineapple upside down cake I place 1/4 to 1/2 cup of ground black walnuts in the bottom of the pan

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      5 years ago

      What unique ideas and recipes for upside down cakes! I remember thinking they were pretty darn cool when I was little, too. :)

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      5 years ago

      These upside down cakes are decadent!!!

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      Dusty2 LM 

      5 years ago

      WoW! You have some delicious up-side down cake combinations listed here nDee. I have tried a few of them and the rest look and sound tantalizing! Thanks for your sharing. Also, Thank You for stopping by my Easy Vegetarian White Bean Soup Recipe lens and giving it both a "thumbs up" and a "blessing"! I really appreciate them. Hope you give the recipe a try to will enjoy it. Bon Appetit!

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      5 years ago

      I made it to the third picture before my mouth started watering....what yummy goodness. I've only had pineapple upside down cake, so I have a long way to go. Beautifully and deliciously presented....very inviting!

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      5 years ago

      I make Pineapple upside down with raisins and cranberries...Thanks for all the great recipes and sharing them.

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      5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I love collecting different cake recipes using fruit. Thanks for sharing these most delicious recipes. Pinned!

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      5 years ago

      These look great! Thanks for the inspiration.

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      6 years ago

      In my opinion, Caramel Apple is the most delicious upside down cake :D

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      Lynda Makara 

      6 years ago from California

      Eleven of these are new to me. They look good! Angel blessings.

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      6 years ago

      Oh my gosh so many flavors to try. I want to try the caramel apple upside down one. It looks so decadent. Thanks for sharing:-)

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      poorwendy lm 

      6 years ago

      The blueberry upside down cake is mouth-watering.

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      6 years ago

      I think the upside down cake is the new trend! Our lives have been turned upside down by the economy for one thing. People are upside down on their mortgages, seriously. I hereby proclaim the upside down cake IN.

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      Adele Jeunette 

      6 years ago

      Never knew there were so many upside down cakes. I like them because they include fruit.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow, these look delicious and beautiful work with its presentation...blessings! :)

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      7 years ago

      I haven't had upside down cake for years, now you make me think of making one, but I don't have the ingredients here. Maybe on my next shopping trip....

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      Jackie Block 

      7 years ago from SE Michigan

      These look wonderful. I feel an urge to make one! Thanks for sharing these.


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