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Flip Out! 14 Upside-Down Cake Recipes (Plus Donuts, Bars & More!)

A little bit of fruit can turn even a simple cake into something special. So the next time you’re in the mood for a treat, try an upside-down dessert! Whether it’s a classic upside-down cake recipe or a clever take on donuts, there’s a summer dessert that’s perfect for any occasion.

Here our 14 of our favorite upside-down dessert recipes!

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    Make a tasty (upside-down) dessert this summer!

  • Buckwheat Cherry Upside-Down Cake 2 of 16
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    I've long loved buckwheat for its ability take take on buttery flavors, and in this lovely cherry upside-down cake, the nutty buckwheat melds beautifully with fresh Bing cherries, a hint of orange, and lots of buttery goodness.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Banana Upside-Down Cake 3 of 16
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    Sweet bananas take on an irresistible caramel flavor in this awesome (and easy) banana upside-down cake.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal 

  • Pineapple Upside-Down Mini Cakes 4 of 16
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    Almond meal adds a hint of nuttiness and wonderful fragrance to these mini pineapple upside-down cakes.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Macki West 

  • Apple Pear Upside-Down Cake 5 of 16
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    This apple pear upside-down cake is one of my favorites. A delightful, not-too-sweet crumb does a wonderful job of highlighting the subtle flavors of apple and pear.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Blackberry Buttermilk Upside Down Cake 6 of 16
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    Tangy and bright, this simple summer cake turns fresh blackberries into absolute dessert magic!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooke McLay 

  • Classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake 7 of 16
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    This is it, a totally classic pineapple upside-down cake —— the ultimate in tropical deliciousness.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal 

  • Tarte Tatin 8 of 16
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    A traditional French tarte tatin is the perfect blend of pie and cake and makes for an upside-down dessert you won't soon forget.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Upside-Down Cranberry Corncake 9 of 16
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    Corn lends a little bit of sweetness and pairs beautifully with the zesty cranberries in this simple upside-down cake recipe.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Macki West 

  • Apple Upside-Down Cornmeal Cakes 10 of 16
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    These tiny cakes feature lots of fresh apples, orange, and real vanilla bean and are the perfect way to end a sophisticated dinner party.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Mini Pina Colada Upside-Down Cakes 11 of 16
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    Have a piña colada in the form of a tiny cake with these adorable little cakes!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Kathy Patalsky 

  • Upside-Down Peach Gingerbread 12 of 16
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    If you're like me and hankering just a little bit for fall, you can bake up a wonderfully spiced upside-down peach gingerbread cake and pretend there are brisk winds blowing outside.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal 

  • Pineapple Upside-Down Donuts 13 of 16
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    Looking to have some pineapple upside-down cake for breakfast? Look no further than these awesome pineapple upside-down donuts!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Macki West 

  • Sour Cherry Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake 14 of 16
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    Basically, I wait all year for one of these sour cherry cornmeal upside-down cakes. I just love the depth of flavor from a big mess of sour cherries piled on a light and airy, slightly sweet cornmeal cake —— summery perfection!
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Pear Ginger Upside-Down Cake 15 of 16
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    Who says you can't have holiday flavor in the summer? Try this fragrant ginger cake with fresh summer apples like Crispins and you'll be in for a scrumptious treat!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: from The Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook; reprinted with permission from John Wiley & Sons, Inc. © 2010 

  • Peanut Butter Upside-Down Bars 16 of 16
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    Think fruit is the only thing to put in an upside-down treat? Think again! These easy peasy peanut butter bars feature a salted peanut butter crust topped with a creamy, gooey layer of chocolate.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooke McLay 

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