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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Strawberry Upside Down Cake

One of our favorite Summer cakes has gotten an upgrade!
Grab some fresh strawberries and just a few ingredients. Your family will love this one.

Collage of strawberries in a colander, marshmallows, cake mix and baking pan of finished cake.

If you've been following me on socials these past couple of weeks you've seen I'm a tad bit obsessed with strawberry season. Which here in the Midwest is always the first part of June. We have to wait a bit longer than some parts of the country, but once they ripen they are the most delicious!

Ever since I can remember we've gone strawberry picking. Bent over, in the heat, itching from bugs and more....picking those juicy strawberries.

My Mom taught me how to make easy strawberry freezer jam that we keep stocked in our deep freeze all year long, plus I always, always find some desserts to sneak in too.

Like this one!

Colander of fresh strawberries, marshmallows, yellow cake mix and a baking dish.

I first introduced it back in 2015 and it has become a fan favorite ever since. Particularly because it's so darn easy!

Grab those fresh strawberries, some sugar, a yellow cake mix and a bag of marshmallows. Plus, a few extra things - but honestly that is about it! People love the ease of this recipe and kids love that you throw marshmallows in and suddenly when baked they disappear.

It's pretty darn cool! 

Baking dish of strawberries and marshmallows.

And yes, because people often ask - can any berry be used?


I've tested out raspberries {delicious} and a friend once made it with freshly picked blueberries {which she claimed delicious}. So any berry will work.

But since strawberries are my most favorite fruit, I more times than not make this cake in early June after I have picked a flat or two and need to use them up.

Baking pan of strawberry cake with a spoon serving dished out.

When you bake this cake, the berries soften up and the cake puffs up and gets a bit crispy around the edges. For these photos I left the cake in the pan as is.....but you can flip it over to get that traditional "upside down" look if showcasing it for a crowd.

My family didn't care - they just wanted to dig in!

When describing this cake to a friend awhile back I remember saying, "do you like strawberry shortcake?" She immediately said yes. So I responded, "then you'll love this cake".

Close up shot of strawberry cake on a spoon with finished cake and strawberries in the background.

And of course add whipped cream!

Or some soft vanilla ice cream.

That puffy, creamy, vanilla goodness makes any cake better in my opinion. Eat it warm out of the oven or refrigerate it and eat it cold. Both are great! And don't be surprised if you find yourself sneaking bites with a big spoon straight out of the fridge.

Oh my gosh, it's amazing.

Strawberry Cake with a spoonful of a bite on a white plate.

Look at that bite!

I was home alone when I baked this cake and shortly after my soon-to-be teenage son walked into the kitchen. He was sweaty and dirty from just getting home from a game. His face immediately LIT UP. All his exhaustion went out the door.

I gave him a spoon and plate loaded up and he was in heaven.

Really anyway to a man {or soon to be teenager's heart} is most definitely food.

Collage of strawberries in a colander, marshmallows, cake mix and baking pan of finished cake.

I cannot wait until you make this cake!

I'd love to hear your thoughts. My family is begging me to make it again. And honestly, I just might because it's so easy.

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