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Fresh Strawberry Upside Down Cake Recipe

Fresh Strawberry Upside Down Cake

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"I live in Florida and have access to strawberries for a few months at a time. Many of my friends and neighbors can't wait until I start preparing this cake."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    50 mins

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Spread crushed strawberries on the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan. Evenly sprinkle strawberries with the dry gelatin powder, and top with mini marshmallows.
  3. Prepare the cake mix as directed on the package, and pour on top of the marshmallows. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 to 50 minutes. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the pan to loosen the sides, and turn the cake out onto a serving tray. Store cake in the refrigerator.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 12, 2010

I've made this twice and discovered two very important parts of the recipe that you can *not* overlook: 1) Use fresh strawberries or your own frozen. Commercially frozen doesn't interact as well with the Jello for some reason. 2) MASH the strawberries. The juice has to be released or there's nothing to break down the gelatin and you get a very unpleasant texture on the top of your cake. If your strawberries aren't very juicy, sprinkle a little sugar on them before mashing and let them set for an hour or so - the juice will come out. The cake by itself is pretty, but it does need whipped cream or ice cream (heat the cake up slightly) to finish it off for eating.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 15, 2011

I was alittle disappointed in this cake...not enough strawberries, but perhaps I should have measured the strawberries after I crushed them not before? Perhaps I will try again with more (or other fruit) and maybe even try a chocolate cake mix. I was interested to see another similar recipe on this site with same ingredients but reversed directions (marshmallows on bottom of pan, cake mix in the middle and strawberries on top...and the cake reverses itself in the oven!) Might try that too!

Mar 12, 2009

OK, first of all. OMG, this cake was SO good. I just got done making it, not only is it freakin' gorgeous as it is fresh out of the oven, it -tastes- amazing. It's moist and delicious. The jello trickling throughout the cake was awesome. I'm totally in love with this recipe. It's incredibly simple too! I made a few changes ONLY and only because I really wanted to try this and didn't have exactly what you called for. I replaced your strawberries with frozen (thawed) strawberry slices I had on hand. I also didn't have strawberry jello, I used what I did have; Raspberry. I love how this cake has marshmallows in it. I wasn't sure how that was going to turn out but as it is, it adds crunch when you're not expecting it. Sooooo yummy. This cake was again, super easy to make and loads of fun. Each step from placing the strawberries to pouring the cake batter was neat. I smiled the whole time in excitement to try this cake. I just had the first piece and I give you 5 stars. :) Thank you for sharing this with the world.

Jul 08, 2009

Wonderful! I add about a cup extra of mini marshmallows, cut the cake in half and stack it to make a "layer" cake, then spread whipped cream around the sides. We've made this four times over the past month, and people have raved about it every time.

Mar 24, 2009

This cake is awesome!!! I've made it twice now. The first time I made it it was for my boyfriends Mom's birthday!!! Talk about pressure!!! I made backup cupcakes in case the cake didn't turn out well. NO ONE TOUCHED THE CUPCAKES! Everyone LOVED this cake! I made it exactly as directed and it was awesome. I used a non stick baking pan and made sure to let it cool for twenty minutes before turning over on to a serving dish. I served slightly warm with French Vanilla ice cream and today my boyfriend and his sister requested it for dessert and once again it was great! Thank You for the great and easy recipe!

Mar 31, 2009

Super delicious! I was surprised at how the marshmallows combine with the cake mix and you cant really tell they are in the ingredients once its cooked. I expected this to be overly sweet but it wasnt! I used fresh strawberries that I sliced into thin strips. Next time I will add more strawberries though, not enough for my tastes.

Apr 06, 2009

This cake turned out BEAUTIFULLY. This was my first attempt at an upside down cake and I am so pleased with the result. I made a chocolate ganache and dipped the extra strawberries in it for the side. Then I drizzled a thin amount of the ganache lightly over the cake. Thank you for the recipe; my family and I love it. I will be sure to make it again!

Mar 24, 2009

Took to a potluck and got lots of requests for the recipe. Easy to make, quick except for baking time, not to expensive. Will definetly make again and next time I may add a can of drained crushed or tidbit pineapple to the strawberries. I used a glass casserole dish and it stuck pretty good so I just left it in the dish and served with a large spoon, it looked yummy. Would be great served warm ala mode. YUM


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  • Calories
  • 290 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 58.3 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 5 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 3.1 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 331 mg
  • 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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