Erin McDowell

We know you’re pumped to show off your cake-decorating skills any chance you get. (By the way, you’re welcome.) But as the temperature climbs--and fresh fruit abounds at the market--switch things up with this equally impressive recipe for upside-down cake. Layer fresh, gorgeously red strawberries on the bottom of a pan and pour in the batter. As it bakes, the berries form a sweet, caramelized layer. So all you have to do is invert the cake onto a platter and...you’re done.

Strawberry Upside-Down Cake

A PureWow Original Recipe

  • Makes one 9-inch cake
  • Start to Finish: 55 minutes

Ingredients

11 tablespoons butter, at room temperature, divided

3 tablespoons plus ½ cup brown sugar

1 quart strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced into rounds

⅔ cup whole-wheat flour

⅔ cup all-purpose flour

¾ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

Pinch of salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

⅔ cup Greek yogurt

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
 Butter a 9-inch cake pan with 3 tablespoons butter. (Lightly coat the sides and use more butter on the bottom of the pan.)

2. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons brown sugar into the base of the cake pan in a nice, even coat. Layer the strawberries on top of the sugar in the pan.

3. In a large bowl, whisk the whole-wheat flour with the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

4. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the remaining 8 tablespoons butter and ½ cup brown sugar until light and fluffy, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla, then mix until well combined, 1 to 2 minutes more. 


5. Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix just until combined.
 Add the yogurt and mix just until incorporated. Pour the finished batter over the strawberries. (The batter will be a little thick, so drop a few dollops into the pan and use a spatula to spread it evenly.) 


6. Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let the cake cool for 15 minutes inside the pan, then run a spatula around the edge and invert the cake onto a platter or stand. Cool completely before eating.

Finishing Touches

It's the details that count! Try these tips

  • Make this cake anytime of year: Replace fresh strawberries with 1 cup strawberry jam. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and top with the jam before baking.

  • Drizzle a little homemade chocolate-hazelnut spread onto this cake and you’ll be an especially happy camper.

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