Tropical Upside Down Fruit and Nut Cake

By Sharon Brun

Food and Lifestyle Blogger


The warm golden color palate of the Fall season is highlighted in this beautiful cake making it the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table. Reminiscent of the tropics with the flavors of pineapple and a hint of coconut, it will evoke nostalgia for many who may have grown up enjoying this dessert.


Tropical Upside Down Fruit and Nut Cake

This cake is an old fashioned favorite and is not difficult to make. The name Upside Down Cake simply means that the beautiful nested fruit design is revealed when the cake is turned “upside down” on a serving platter. There is no need for frosting or additional embellishments. It all comes together beautifully in the oven in about 45 minutes. It is a lovely dessert to complete a special meal or as a sweet offering at brunch or with your afternoon coffee.


The base of the pan becomes the baker’s canvas as the arrangement of the fruit and nuts will be the highlight once the cake has been unmolded. A golden caramel topping is formed when the sugar and butter meld together atop the buttery moist cake.


Traditionally, an upside down cake is topped with pineapple slices and maraschino cherries. I vamped it up with the addition of pitted prunes and ground almonds. I also like a hint of coconut flavor in the cake batter which give