Blackberry Upside-Down Cake


My Mom had this wonderful Blackberry Upside-Down cake at a dinner party given by her friend and co-worker K.C. She gave me the recipe and K.C.’s permission to share it with you!

I describe it as moist, flavorful and surprisingly easy. Okay, I did have Mom’s help. Just make sure you have a springform pan and parchment paper on hand. Oh, and vanilla ice cream is a must!

K.C.’s Blackberry Upside-Down Cake


  • 2 1/2 cups of fresh blackberries (12 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup + 1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar (separated)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk


  1. Preheat Oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line the bottom of a buttered 8 x 2 inch round springform cake pan with 2 layers of parchment paper, then butter parchment. Dust pan with some flour and knock out excess.
  3. Arrange blackberries in 1 layer in cake pan. Sprinkle berries with 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar and shake pan to distribute sugar.
  4. Whisk together 1 cup flour, baking soda and salt in bowl.
  5. Beat together butter and 1/2 cup sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and mix at low speed until just incorporated.
  6. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk in 3 batches, mixing at low speed until just incorporated.
  7. Spoon batter evenly over berries, smoothing top.
  8. Bake in the middle of oven until top is golden and a tester comes out clean – 30 to 35 minutes.
  9. Run a thin knife around edge, then invert a large plate over pan and hold plate and pan together tightly, flip cake onto plate.
  10. Peel off parchment and serve cake warm with ice cream.

Blackberry Upside-Down Cake




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Kristi Maloney is a work from home mom to two boys ages 10 and 13. Since 2009, she has featured in-depth product, and book reviews and hosted high-quality, exciting giveaways on her blog Moms Own Words. When she is not blogging, you can find her working at her son’s school, or behind the wheel of her car in the roll of “taxi driver”. Email at maloney(dot)Kristi@gmail(dot)com.

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  1. Kate F. says

    I’ve never heard of this, but it looks really good! Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Sandy VanHoey says

    I have never tried to make an upside down cake and they’re so delicious. This one looks amazing. Maybe I should give it a try

  3. shelly peterson says

    Love pineapple upside-down cake and I love berries in dessert so I can imagine how yummy this dessert must be and especially with the vanilla ice cream :)

  4. Vickie Couturier says

    that looks so darn good,my husband would lvoe this,but I dont have a pan like that or that kind of paper,,do you have to use that particular kind of pan?

  5. Janet W. says

    Delicious!!! This would be a huge hit in my household! I love the fresh fruit.

  6. Karen Glatt says

    This dish looks so delicious and I would like to make it. I just got done making the best Carrot Cake for my sister’s birthday. It was so delicious. I made the cake and frosting homemade! I would have to look for a good deal on Blackberrys, but this is a great summertime dessert!

  7. says

    Oh how yummy! I am pinning this right now. I wonder if it will work well with blueberries, too.

  8. says

    I had to pin this recipes. I love blackberries and can’t wait for blackberry season here in WV. One of my favorite ways to eat them is to make blackberry dumplings.

  9. says

    I love blackberries, and I love pineapple upside down cake. I think I would so love this…..I am going to make it, next week for hubs birthday!

  10. Liz W. says

    YUM! I was going to make a cobbler for my Dad’s arrival tomorrow night, but I just might try this instead. Thanks for the recipes!

  11. Laura Jacobson says

    Oh this looks so good! I have never used one of those springform pans before! I will have to go and get one…I see so many recipes that use them now! Cant wait to try this!

  12. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger says

    I’m so delighted to see this recipe! My 90 year old Mom recently moved to a smaller apartment that has no kitchen – just a tiny fridge. She (we all) LOVE fresh fruit – especially berries. Blueberries are our most favorite favorites – but they are still SO expensive! And yet for some reason we have been seeing an abundance of blackberries everywhere – and at VERY reasonable prices,,,

    The trouble is – we don’t really have many ideas about HOW TO USE THEM: they are so full of tiny seeds and often are rather bitter tasting – so they need to be used CREATIVELY!

    And THIS recipe really fills the bill! It sounds good – and it looks delectable! I think I’m going to be trying this one out for our family Memorial Day Brunch next weekend – and maybe the big pot luck neighborhood Memorial Day BBQ on Monday too! Thanks!

  13. kristi maloney says

    Wow! I am thrilled that so many of you have stopped by to say that you are going to try this! Now, I just need you to come back and let us all know how it came out! :) Thank you!!

  14. ProudParrotx says

    This looks really good! I haven’t had blackberries in so long; the last time was a blackberry tart in Seattle. But this is making me drool…with vanilla ice cream, like you said!!! :)

  15. Christine H. says

    Wow! That looks and sounds absolutely delicious! My stomach is begging me for some now! I think I may have to try this recipe out.

  16. Rosie says

    oh my, this looks like a Martha recipe! I’m in love!!! I must make this as soon as I can get a good deal on blackberries. What a showpiece, yet pretty easy!!!

  17. Mer says

    Delicious! And it looks great too. We love blackberries, so I’ll have to make this one.

  18. Maryann D. says

    I have never had a blackberry cake before, but I am sure blackberry’s are delicious. This looks like a lovely cake to bring to parties and everyone would enjoy for sure!

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