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Christmas Upside-Down Cake

Christmas Upside-Down Cake

The flavors of fruitcake team with the buttery/caramelized goodness of upside-down cake in this delicious confection. A fairy-tale combination for the holiday season, this makes an excellent breakfast, snack, or dessert, depending on your mood.



  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger


  • 1 box of your favorite yellow cake mix, prepared OR your favorite two-layer yellow cake recipe, prepared
  • 3 cups fruitcake fruits (or your favorite dried/candied fruits)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional


  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and line two 9" round baking pans with parchment. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-size saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and spices. Cook slowly over low heat until the butter is melted, the mixture is smooth, and you don't feel the grit of sugar on the bottom of the pan.
  3. Divide the warm mixture between the two pans. Tilt the pans to spread an even layer of topping over the bottom of each.
  4. Toss together 3 cups of the dried and/or candied fruits of your choice. Raisins, dried cranberries, candied cherries, dried pineapple, and dried cherries are all good choices. Divide the fruit evenly between the two pans, sprinkling generously over the topping. If desired, add 1/4 cup chopped nuts to each pan, as well. Our Favorite Fruitcake Fruit blend is perfect for this recipe.
  5. Divide the prepared cake batter between the two pans. Bake the cakes for 25 to 35 minutes, or until they're golden brown and begin to pull away from the sides of the pans.
  6. Remove the cakes from the oven, let sit for 3 minutes, then invert onto serving plates. Wait 30 seconds, then pull off the pans. Peel off the parchment if necessary, scraping any fruits or nuts back onto the cakes.
  7. Serve warm or at room temperature, with a dollop of whipped cream or scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Hands-on time: 25 mins. to 35 mins.
Baking time: 25 mins. to 30 mins.
Total time: 60 mins. to 1 hrs 20 mins.
Yield: two 9-inch round cakes

The cakes freeze very well. Thaw, then reheat in a 300 degrees F oven for 10 to 15 minutes before serving, to freshen.

Recipe and photo credit: King Arthur Flour -


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