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Upside-Down Coffee Cake Recipe
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Upside-Down Coffee Cake

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"This is a gorgeous moist and gooey coffee cake! Use any type of fresh or frozen fruit, or combination of 2 fruits. Peach, cherry, blackberry and/or red raspberry are some of the best. The deep baking pan is required due to the bubbling caramel sauce and the height of the cake. Every time I serve it I get rave reviews!"

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Original recipe makes 1 - 10 inch DEEP cake pan Change Servings
  • PREP

    45 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 30 mins

    2 hrs 15 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Use a deep sided 10 inch pan, or wrap the outside of a 10 inch springform pan with aluminum foil to prevent leaking. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar and 1/2 cup butter. Bring to a boil, then pour into bottom of springform pan. Sprinkle with sliced peaches.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together 2/3 cup margarine and the white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk. Pour batter over caramel and fruit in pan.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 90 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto serving platter and carefully remove pan. Be extremely careful of hot caramel and fruit juices! Serve warm.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 28, 2006

A *huge* hit with everyone! I've made this about 6 times now and have found that as long as you make sure the cake batter is level with the cake pan you're using (before you put it in the oven), it'll cook to perfection with the least amount of mess. I use frozen peaches on top and fold about 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries into the cake batter. I find that frozen fruit works best; try and pick a 'sturdy' fruit for the top (tried frozen strawberries once and they went to virtual mush).I *triple* wrap my pan with aluminum foil and put it on a cookie sheet for extra spillage. I have an old school springform pan that doesn't have the buckles, which seems to work better than a regular springform pan. Be *very* careful when lifting off the aluminum foil from the pan; the caramel sauce is very hot! This is totally a keeper! Thanks for a scrumptuous recipe ;)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 29, 2011

Wow- sugar overload!! Don't get me wrong, I have a serious sweet tooth, but this was out of control. I followed direction to the "T" but it turned out funky. The butter/brown sugar sauce on the bottom called for too much brown sugar, or not enough butter. The result was an overly sweet, gritty caramel sauce instead of the desired "gooey" sauce. And in my opinion this flavor did not at all compliment the peaches or the cinnamon flavored cake. I served it at a family get-together and people commented that it was as if they were eating two different desserts- a spiced cake and a caramel dessert- in one. The cake went almost untouched, which is unheard of in my family!

Sep 07, 2008

I used a 9x13 pan for about 50 minutes and it came out perfect. Yummy!

Feb 18, 2008

What a great cake! It's moist, light, not too sweet and has an absolutely delicious caramelized top. I used a deep angel food cake pan which worked perfectly. I also followed other reviewers suggestions and lined a pan with foil for the cake pan to sit on. Great for clean up! I found that using that kind of pan meant I only had to bake it for 65 minutes so be sure and check for doneness sooner than indicated in the recipe. Thanks!

Sep 01, 2003

I made this with peaches and my family thought it was very good. Watch the temperature, though; I only had to bake it for 75 min.

Jul 11, 2003

I substituted a raspberry/marionberry/blueberry mix for the peaches, calorie-free sweetener for sugar, and egg substitute for eggs, and the recipe was still fabulous! I also halved the recipe, because I cooked for just me husband and myself (cooking time was just 45 minutes). I used a 9" springform pan, and even though I wrapped foil around it, as soon as I inverted the cake after baking, berry juice dripped everywhere, making quite a mess for me to clean up. However, the flavor and texture were fabulous - and light vanilla ice cream made a great addition!

May 27, 2005

I covered a cookie sheet in tin foil and placed the pan on top of that. It was so nice to just throw that mess in the garbage.. The cake itself was really nice, I used peach and raspberry. Next time I'm thinking of putting peach inside the cake, raspberry on top and less caramel. I also think I'll cut the recipe in half and put it in a springform-bundt pan, just so it looks nicer. The women at work all loved this recipe and I will make it often. Thank you!!!

Jul 15, 2009

Fantastic. I made the cake portion as directed, and thought it was perfect. In the baking recipes I'm familiar with brown sugar is measured "packed", so I did that for the topping here too - that gave a little too much to the (heavenly) sauce, next time I'll just measure the two cups out - chalk that up to the inexperienced baker. I also didn't bother to measure the peaches, just sliced and arranged them until the pan was full which seemed to work wonderfully. Not having the deep 10" pan I used an 8x11, which JUST BARELY held the cake and still leaked some sauce in the oven: a 9x13 should work great next time. The 8x11 needed just under an hour for bake time. Very rich, satisfying, impressive and simple enough to turn out - thanks very much for sharing!


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  • Calories
  • 418 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 66.5 g
  • 21%
  • Cholesterol
  • 63 mg
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 15.1 g
  • 23%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 5.1 g
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 326 mg
  • 13%

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

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