upside-down cake

Triple Berry Upside-Down Cake


Amy Smart shares one of her favorite summer recipes for triple berry upside-down cake made with fresh ingredients from the farmer's market. 

“This cake is also from Ali’s incredible cookbook, Kitchen Revelry. [This dish] not only tastes delicious but looks gorgeous with those fresh berries. I love the novelty of flipping the cake and seeing the maze of berries on the top. A dish like this makes me feel like I can accomplish things even when life doesn’t. You can use all one kind of berry or add an herb to switch it up. Always taste the berries for tartness, and adjust the sugar as needed." —Amy Smart

Serves 10


  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • Powdered sugar (for sifting)
  • Finely grated lime zest (for garnish)


Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Butter two round 8-inch pans with 1 1/4-inch-high sides. Line the bottom of the pans with parchment paper, butter and flour. Combine all the berries in a medium bowl. Add 3 tablespoons powdered sugar and toss gently to coat. Divide the berry mixture equally between the prepared pans, arranging in an even layer. Set aside. Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda in another medium bowl to blend. Mix the milk with the lime juice, creating buttermilk, and add vanilla in a small bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour mixture in three additions, alternately with the buttermilk mixture in two additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture and beating just until blended. Spoon the batter evenly over the berries in the pans. Bake the cakes until tester inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Transfer the cakes to a rack and cool completely in the pans. Invert each cake onto a plate. Remove the parchment paper. Sift powdered sugar generously over each cake. Garnish with a sprinkling of lime zest. Cut the cake into wedges and serve.