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Strawberry Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

This Strawberry Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake is rich and buttery, with a saucy layer of sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb that drizzle down the sides of the cake when cut.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Level Intermediate
Main Ingredient Flour, Fruit
Diet Pescatarian, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 9 serving


for strawberries

  • 280 grams strawberries (hulled and sliced in half)
  • 230 grams rhubarb (trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch pieces)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons potato starch

for cake

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons cultured unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Move the oven rack to the middle position and preheat to 350 degrees F (175 C).
  2. Toss the strawberries, rhubarb, 1/2 cup of sugar and potato starch together in a bowl.
  3. Arrange the strawberries along the bottom of a non-stick 9" round or 8-inch square pan so that the cut sides face down. Top with the rhubarb and any remaining liquid, using the rhubarb to fill in the gaps between the strawberries.
  4. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. In the bowl of al electric mixer, whisk the butter and 3/4 cup sugar together until light and fluffy ( about 2 minutes).
  6. Add the eggs one at time and continue whisking until fully incorporated.
  7. Add the yogurt and vanilla extract and whisk to combine.
  8. Switch to the beater attachment and add the flour mixture in three additions beating on low speed until just combined after each addition.
  9. Spread the batter over the fruit and put the pan in the oven.
  10. Bake the upside-down cake until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out without any batter on it (30-40 minutes).

  11. Let the cake cool for 20 minutes. Run a knife along the edges if need be and then invert onto a large plate. If some of the fruit remains stuck to the pan, just stick them back into the cake.