The A to Z of Baking: U is for Upside Down Summer Fruits Cake


It was pretty difficult to think of a cake beginning with ‘u’ that didn’t involve ‘upside down’ something or other. My first thought was, of course, your standard upside down cake with the pineapple rings on top, but it just felt so… ‘seventies’.

After searching the net for inspiration, and even coming across a whole board on Pinterest dedicated to variations of the famous upside down cake recipe, I decided to merge a few recipes together and create an Upside Down Summer Fruits Cake, in anticipation of the summer that will (hopefully) not be too far away.

High points

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t too excited about making this cake but I was really pleased with the end result. I’d successfully moulded two recipes together, rather than simply following a set recipe to the letter like I usually do (so I must be improving in some way!) and the cake came out really well. When warm, it tasted like a lovely, comforting jam sponge cake thanks to the summer fruits and melted sugar glaze combo – perfect for the weather we’ve been having, which is unfortunately not summer-like at all, on the whole. You could even make this even more of a comfort food and serve with custard, if you wanted to.

Low points

There aren’t really any that I can think of. It’s easy to make, lovely and tasty.


Frozen fruit poured over a sugar glaze on the base of the tin.

Frozen fruit poured over a sugar glaze on the base of the tin.


The finished product.


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The A to Z of Baking: U is for Upside Down Summer Fruits Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 8
For the topping:
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 55g brown sugar
  • 250g frozen mixed summer fruits (e.g. blackberries, raspberries and redcurrants - I bought a frozen bag from the supermarket)
For the cake:
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 200g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 170C / 150C fan / gas mark 4, then grease a 23cm (9inch) cake tin with butter.
  2. Begin by making the fruit glaze topping. Melt the three tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan and once it has melted, add the brown sugar and stir it gently. When the sugar has melted, turn off the heat.
  3. Next, make the cake. Using an electric whisk, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, mixing well to form a smooth batter.
  5. Go back to the glaze topping in the saucepan and pour this into the base of your cake tin. Arrange the frozen fruit on top of the glaze so there is a good even covering.
  6. Pour the cake batter over the fruit.
  7. Bake the cake for 35-45 minutes or until the sponge is golden brown and bounces back when lightly touched. Allow the cake to cool slightly in the tin, then carefully turn out onto a plate.

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  1. Madeline April 19, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    That looks so tasty! I’ve never bothered making an upside-down cake as I don’t like pineapple and that is what you normally see in them. I’ll be pinning your recipe and giving this one a go though! x #KCACOLS

    • Jenny April 21, 2016 / 2:06 pm

      Thank you, Madeline! I felt the same about pineapple upside down cakes – I find them really uninspiring, so I just wanted to try and mix it up a little! Thanks for stopping by x

  2. Sara Skillington April 20, 2016 / 9:23 am

    I love upside down cake and this looks a delicious version! I like that you have used frozen fruit as that is something we always have a lot of as we add it to our breakfasts. I will be giving this a go over the next few weeks :) I have pinned. #BloggerClubUK

    • Jenny April 21, 2016 / 2:07 pm

      Hi Sara, snap! I also have lots of frozen fruit in for adding to my morning porridge, so I thought I’d find another use for it! Thanks for commenting and pinning, I really appreciate it x

  3. A Moment With Franca April 20, 2016 / 10:54 am

    That looks delicious!! I like that you have done a mis of recipes!! It is even more appealing to me!! lol I like the look of it and I’m sure it taste really nice!! I love sponges cakes and having some fruit makes it even better!! And yes it makes me feel that hopefully soon the summer will be with us!! Fingers crossed!! So far here in London the weather has been very very nice!! :-) I like your plugin to display the recipe!! It looks really nice!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I’m so happy to see you back for this week too!! I hope to see you again on Sunday! :-) xx

    • Jenny April 21, 2016 / 2:09 pm

      Thank you, Franca! I also feel a bit better about indulging in cake when it has some fruit in it! 😉 Thanks for hosting such a fab, supportive linky xx

  4. Kat April 20, 2016 / 5:45 pm

    Oh this would have been perfect to make for my daughters tea party tomorrow! I do have some frozen berries too…looks absolutely delish! #kcacols

    • Jenny April 21, 2016 / 2:10 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Kat! I hope you like the cake if you decide to give it a go :-)

    • Jenny April 21, 2016 / 2:10 pm

      Thank you! I’m still trying to master the art of taking a decent cake pic 😉

  5. Nadia - ScandiMummy April 21, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    This looks so tasty! And really easy. I might have to give it a go. What a great idea for a baking series. Thank you for sharing #KCACOLS

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

    • Jenny April 21, 2016 / 2:11 pm

      Thank you, Nadia! I thought the A to Z of Baking would encourage me to try out new recipes. I hope you enjoy the cake if you give it a go x

  6. RACHEL BUSTIN April 21, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    ohh I love upside down cakes and this one looks rather yummy! xx


  7. justsayingmum April 21, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    Oh this looks totally heavenly! It brought back real childhood memories for me as my aunt used to make the most amazing upside down peach cake – I’m going to try this for sure. Thank you for sharing #KCACOL

    • Jenny April 25, 2016 / 4:01 pm

      Upside Down Peach Cake sounds lovely! Thank you for stopping by :-)

  8. tracey bowden April 21, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    This looks lovely. I’ve never had upside down cake before and I doubt I would be able to make one I am the worst at baking cakes #kcacols

  9. To Arizona and beyond April 22, 2016 / 10:10 am

    This looks delicious! I love the color the fruit gives and the fact that you could always have frozen fruit in freezer, ready to make the cake at a moments notice! #KCACOLS

    • Jenny April 25, 2016 / 4:02 pm

      I do love it when you can cook or bake something with trusty ingredients that can be kept in the freezer – I sometimes get the urge to bake but realise I don’t have the right ingredients in, and I’m not the best at planning!

  10. Silly Mummy April 22, 2016 / 11:04 pm

    I’ve actually never made an upside down cake – looks lovely! I agree – there are no other options for ‘u’! #KCACOLS

    • Jenny April 25, 2016 / 3:59 pm

      Thank you! It’s crazy that Upside Down Cake is the only U option there seems to be! Thanks for stopping by :-)

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