sliced cake with whole cake on one plate and a slice on a white plate
Sweet Indulgences

Strawberry Upside Down Cake

Strawberry upside down cake: the perfect summer dessert using fresh strawberries and blueberries. Tender, moist, delicious.

Up close of strawberry upside down cake

I kind of by-passed this event earlier this month {for this super important how to journal for anxiety and stress post}, but the blog turned two on Saturday {6-1-19}!!

Last year it was hard for me to believe that my little corner of the blog world was celebrating one year old. I can’t believe yet another year has gone by with tons of great recipes, and a transition into sharing more lifestyle and health related posts.

I have honestly loved this transition into an overall healthy lifestyle, and even sharing bits and pieces of our life and our journey through IVF. I truly hope you have enjoyed it as well, and will continue to stick around long after the year two mark.

slice of strawberry upside down cake on a white plate

What better way to celebrate a birthday than with a cake? I mean the blog is called, “I Only Came for the Cake”.

This strawberry upside down cake could be a new fave of mine, and hopefully yours too, since you all have still been lovin’ on the peach upside down cake from two years ago.

It’s tender, sweet and juicy, and the red, white and blue make it perfect for a fourth of July dessert!

Three layers to a Strawberry Upside Down Cake

Layer 1: Strawberries

What would a strawberry upside down cake be if there weren’t actually strawberries in the cake?

At this time of the year, fresh strawberries are absolutely perfect for this kind of cake.

Strawberries in a bundt pan, cake batter to the right, crushed cookies in a bowl in the top

Rather than cooking the strawberries down, they’re tossed with honey and vanilla and poured directly into the pan.

When baked, they become soft, sweeter and extra juicy. This would be an absolutely perfect cake if you had garden fresh strawberries or farmers market red jewels.

Layer 2: Cake

Now, this cake is no where near healthy, but it is dang delicious.

blueberries and cake batter in a clear bowl

A combination of creamed butter and sugar {is there really anything better?}, coconut milk for richness and creating that extra soft cake, makes this the most delectable summer-time cake out there.

In the spirit of red, white and blue, and fresh summer fruit, I tossed in some blueberries for an added pop of sweetness. The burst in your mouth goodness that comes from fresh blueberries just can’t be beat.

Layer 3: Nilla Wafers

Yes, you read that right: Nilla Wafers.

I wanted to give this cake somewhat of a pie feeling, what with all of those juicy chunks of fruit, so including a graham cracker flavor was necessary.

Bundt cake pan with batter inside, a clear bowl sitting to the right with remaining batter

You could certainly use crushed graham crackers, and those cinnamon flavored ones would make for an amazing combination, but Nilla Wafers have this quintessential summer feeling to me.

Once crushed and sprinkled in the center of the cake, the vanilla flavoring perfectly compliments the strawberries, blueberries and cake.

Layer 4: Eating

Okay, this might not actually be a layer, but it definitely should be!

bite taken out of a slice of strawberry upside down cake

One bite of this strawberry upside down cake is going to have you going back for more.

It practically melts in your mouth it is so soft. In fact, I just finished off two pieces just now {they weren’t that big…stop judging}. Which actually, no one will judge you for having an extra slice of this summer-time cake, because it is just that good.

So hurry up, grab your second slice before it’s gone!

Looking for more bundt cakes? Check these out:

Blueberry Lemon Bundt Cake

Healthy Coffee Cake

Orange Cake

This strawberry upside down cake recipe is so tender and delicious. This cake is super easy to make and is made with fresh fruit. Also a perfect fourth of July dessert to take to a picnic. #fourthofjuly #4thofjuly #bundtcake #homemadecake #strawberrycake #4thofjulydessert
Strawberry Upside Down Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
Strawberry upside down cake: the perfect summer dessert using fresh strawberries and blueberries. Tender, moist, delicious.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Dairy Free
Keyword: 4th of July, dairy free, fruit dessert
Servings: 15
Cake Ingredients:
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups Nilla wafers crushed
Strawberry Ingredients:
  • 4 cups diced strawberries
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and generously grease a 10” Bundt pan with baking spray.

  2. In a medium size bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugars and beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add in the coconut milk and vanilla and continue to beat on until completely incorporated and smooth.
  5. Add in half the flour mixture until combined. Add the remaining flour mixture and continue to beat until smooth.
  6. Fold the blueberries into the batter and set aside.
  7. In a medium-sized, add the strawberries, honey and vanilla and stir to combine.
  8. Pour into the prepared Bundt pan. Pour half the batter over the strawberries.
  9. Sprinkle the crushed Nilla wafers over the top and top with the remaining batter.
  10. Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and cake begins to pull away from the edges.
  11. Cool cake in Bundt pan for 15-30 minutes, then invert on a plate.* Slice and enjoy with ice cream, if desired.

Recipe Notes

*Note: make sure to let the cake cool almost completely. Run a butter knife around the outside and inside of the bundt pan before turning over. 

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