Easy Cake Mix Peach Upside-Down Cake

Easy Cake Mix Peach Upside-Down Cake

The Spruce / Morgan Walker

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 55 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
495 Calories
15g Fat
88g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 495
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 507mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 88g 32%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 61g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 173mg 13%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 209mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

When you hear the words "upside-down cake," they are usually in the context of a pineapple and maraschino cherry confection. But you can make the classic dessert with other types of fruit, including peaches, plums, and pears can be used.

This peach upside-down cake is fast and easy to prepare because it starts with a cake mix. The irresistible dessert is soaked with sweet fruit juices and topped with caramelized brown sugar for a moist treat. It can be baked in one rectangular cake pan or two 8-inch round cake pans.

How did the upside-down cake become embedded in the culinary repertoire of nearly every home cook? Bakers have been cooking cakes "upside-down" in cast-iron skillets and flipping them out onto a serving platter for hundreds of years, but it wasn't until the mid-1800s that they got the name "spider cakes" because the cast-iron skillets were known as "spiders."

With the advent of canned fruit by the Dole company in the early 20th century, in particular, pineapple cut into perfect rings, the upside-down cake really took off. Topped with maraschino cherries for a pop of color, canned fruit became the convenient, preferred way to make upside-down cakes. 

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

    Easy Cake Mix Peach Upside-Down Cake ingredients

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  2. Pour the melted butter or oil into a 9x13x2-inch baking pan or divide the butter between two (8-inch) round cake pans.

    melted butter in a baking pan

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  3. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly in the pan(s).

    brown sugar in a baking pan

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  4. Drain the peaches, reserving the syrup.

    Drain the peaches, reserving the syrup

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  5. Arrange the sliced peaches and some maraschino cherry halves, if using, over the brown sugar.

    peach slices on top of the brown sugar in a baking pan

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  6. Add enough water to the reserved peach syrup to make 1 1/3 cups of liquid. Add this liquid to a medium bowl, along with the eggs and the cake mix.

    cake mix, eggs and peach syrup in a bowl

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  7. Beat as directed on the cake mix package. Pour the batter over the fruit.

    peach cake batter in a bowl

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  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes or until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan. Let stand in the pan for 5 minutes and then turn upside down onto a cake dish or large platter. Serve warm with whipped cream. Enjoy!

    Easy Cake Mix Peach Upside-Down Cake

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Tips

  • If you are concerned about the cake sticking to the pan, line the bottom of the 9x13 cake pan with a rectangle of parchment or the two cake pans with circles of parchment paper before adding any ingredients.

Recipe Variations

  • Yellow cake works best for this recipe, but a white cake mix also works well.
  • Substitute a (28-ounce) can of pineapple rings or sliced pears for the peaches or use fresh, unpeeled sliced plums or nectarines.

How to Store and Freeze

  • Peach upside cake can be kept in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  • Go ahead and freeze it if you'd like. Just know that the peaches might discolor a bit, but it's a good excuse to put whipped cream on top. Place in an airtight freezer container or bag. It will last for up to one month in the freezer.

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