A great way to achieve the perfect cake is to flip it upside-down, of course! These timeless recipes are great for holidays, gifts, special occasions, or just to satisfy that sweet tooth craving.
Citrus Upside-Down Cake with Sour Whipped CreamTake advantage of in-season citrus fruits for this colorful and bright cake.
Strawberry Upside-Down Cake
This perfectly light summer cake comes out beautifully, either way you flip it.
Meyer Lemon Upside-Down Cake
A polenta cake from pastry chef Hannah Buoye, of A16 Rockridge in Oakland, was the model for this dense, moist dessert. As the sliced lemons bake under the cake and absorb butter and brown sugar, they take on a marmalade-like quality. Be sure the cake is fully baked before you remove it from the oven (see step 6), or it may sink.
Coconut and Fresh Pineapple Upside-Down CakeThis dutch-oven dessert cooks more evenly if you use charcoal rather than wood for fuel.
Apple Upside-Down CakeMild Rome apples are great for baking. You can also use Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, or Jonagold apples. Dollop the cake with a bit of whipped cream, if desired.
Gluten-Free Caramelized Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
The rum will ignite when you tilt the pan; this burns off the alcohol.
Peach Upside-Down CakeBright and fresh peaches make for a scrumptious summer dessert.
Chocolate-Peanut-Butter-Banana Upside-Down CakeGrace Parisi uses one of the world's great flavor combinations for her unusual marble cake topped with bananas, which caramelize on the bottom of the pan (ideally a glass one).
Prune Upside-Down CakesNaomi Pomeroy likes cooking with dried fruit because it's easy to keep on hand. "Fresh fruit goes bad so quickly," she says. She poaches dried, local plums, then mixes them with a brown sugar caramel to make a topping for individual olive-oil cakes. Instead of prunes, try peach slices or apple chunks.
Maple-Apple Upside-Down CakeThis is one of the best upside-down cakes ever—the maple syrup infuses both the apples and the cake, making the dessert taste like a stack of apple pancakes.
Raspberry Upside-Down CakeTry Raspberry Upside-Down Cake for a sweet and fruity dessert that satisfies. Fun to make and even more fun to eat!
Double-Cherry Upside-Down CakeJuices released from the fruit make for a moist cake. The batter comes to the top of the pan and threatens to spill over. It shouldn't, but just in case, bake on a foil-lined baking sheet.
Peach Upside-Down CakeBe sure to use cake flour--not self-rising--for this recipe.
Bananas Foster Upside-Down CakeOne quick flip and this bananas foster upside-down cake tumbles from the skillet perfectly golden and party ready.
Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake with Rosemary Caramel SauceWe were intrigued, if skeptical, about trying this dessert of rhubarb, caramel, and rosemary from Brock Windsor, chef-owner of Stone Soup Inn in Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley in B.C. But the unusual combo bowled us over. Though the recipe is time intensive, nothing is difficult.
Upside-Down Sour Cream Coffee CakeThis old-fashioned, moist cake, jazzed up with vanilla bean and roasted pears, takes on even more flavor if you start the pears a day ahead so they can steep in their syrup. The recipe comes from Romney Steele, author of Plum Gorgeous.
Banana-Coconut Upside-Down CakeBanana lovers can definitely find something to love with this rich and sweet cake.
Plum Upside-Down Pudding CakeUse plums when they're in season for this delicious and moist cake.
Upside-Down Caramelized Apple CakeThe brown sugar, apple, and pecan mixture that’s cooked in the skillet and then topped with a spiced cake batter become a gooey, rich topping for the cake when it’s inverted.
Cranberry Upside-Down CakeA tawny butterscotch syrup candies the tart cranberries in the topping.
Banana-Coconut Upside-Down CakeThe coconut gives this cake a tropical flair.
Cranberry Pumpkin Upside-down CakeCaramel-coated walnuts and cranberries top this soft cake, which is also really easy to whip up.
Apricot-Cherry Upside-Down Cake
Pear Upside-Down CakeFinish off this cake with a fine dusting of powdered sugar.
Apricot-Cherry Upside-Down Mini CakesThis dessert spotlights seasonal apricots and cherries at the peak of perfection. You can also make these treats with nectarines or peaches; just be sure to use small ones (about the size of apricots) so they won't crowd the custard cups.
Cranberry Upside-Down Cake with Cognac CreamServe a slice of this delicious cake with a hearty dollop of cognac cream.
Fresh Pineapple Upside-Down CakeTopped with dried cherries and nuts, this cake offers a wide range of textures and a variety of flavors.