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Upside-Down Cake Recipes

Cranberry Streusel Upside-Down Cake

Upside-down cakes are works of art—delicious, delightfully gooey art, that is. Change the color by changing the fruit, or experiment with the pattern and arrangement of the fruit (see our Test Kitchen post for inspiration). No two cakes will look alike. They make great desserts, but they're right at home on a brunch buffet, too.

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Orange-Almond Upside-Down Cake

Almond and orange is a classic flavor combination that never gets old.

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Chocolate Caramel Banana Upside Down Cake

There’s no better topping for a dark chocolate cake than sweet bananas and gooey caramel. Serve this warm with vanilla ice cream and watch your guests swoon.

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Caramelized Pear Upside-Down Cake

This golden cake tastes as wonderful as it looks and can be served warm or at room temperature.

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Tropical Upside-Down Cake

Take one bite of this rum-spiked pineapple-mango cake, and you can practically hear steel drums playing an island tune.

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Apple Upside-Down Cake

The flower pattern that’s revealed once this cake is inverted will be defined best by an apple that holds its shape. A sweet variety will complement the nutty brown butter in which the apples are cooked.

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Pecan Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

The classic upside-down cake is even better when made with fresh pineapple and a buttermilk batter enriched with ground pecans.

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Cranberry Streusel Upside-Down Cake

A sweet cinnamon-pecan streusel layer counters the tartness of the cranberries in this tender, scrumptious cake.

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Chocolate Nut Upside-Down Cake

Fruit isn't the only way to top an upside-down cake. For the ultimate nut topping, use a mixture of whole hazelnuts, slivered almonds, and large walnut pieces. It’s still delicious a day after baking, but we can’t guarantee it will be around that long.

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Plum Upside-Down Cakes

Make it mini! These pretty cakes bake in ramekins and are the perfect size for a scoop of ice cream to sit on top. You'll want to use small plums that are ripe but firm.

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Caramelized Pear Upside-Down Cakes with Cognac Whipped Cream

The firm, slightly grainy texture of Bosc pears is perfect for baking because it helps the pears keep their shape. The cakes actually taste better the next day, after the pears have released a bit of their moisture.

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Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

This humble, comforting cake is a natural for any holiday.

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Upside-Down Quince and Honey Spice Cake

Poached quinces turn a beautiful rosy color, which make a stunning top to the cake when arranged in concentric circles.

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Dried Apricot & Cranberry Upside-Down Cakes

The cornmeal flavor of these polenta cakes is a delicious complement to the dried fruit. These little gems are best served warm.

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