Who doesn’t love a surprise? There’s something truly whimsical and exciting about upside down cakes. One always wonders: how will it turn out?

And when it does… a smile! A pop of flavor, color, and fragrance! These upside down cake recipes are the best of the best. Make them and surprise yourself.

This Fresh Fig Upside Down Cake features a moist batter (thanks to sour cream) and honeyed figs for added sweetness. (Via The Wanna Be Country Girl.)


Try something different and bake this unusual but brilliant Peach and Rhubarb Upside Down Polenta Cake. You’ll love the added crunch from the cornmeal! (Via Aida Mollenkamp).

Peach Rhubarb

A classic crowd pleaser! Pineapple Upside Down Cake is gooey, fruity, and wonderfully buttery. (Via Whole Home News).


Your favorite candy in cake form. And did I mention it’s a no-bake recipe? Make Turtle Upside Down Cake whenever you’re in need of extra sweetness in your life. (Via Adventures in Cooking.)


This Cranberry-Raspberry Upside Down Cake is all about balance: sweetness from the raspberry, tartness from the cranberry. Have a slice at the end of a long meal or even for breakfast. (Via Zoe Bakes.)


The embodiment of autumn! Deep, dark molasses pairs beautifully with apple and fresh ginger in this spicy, cinnamon-scented Apple Molasses Upside Down Cake. (Via First Look Then Cook.)


Can you say “addictive”? Add a touch of the tropics to dessert with this Mango Upside Down Cake. (Via My Love For Cooking.)


Chocolate and peanut butter is an unbeatable combination, right? Add banana and you’re in business! Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Upside Down Cake makes the best use of your favorite flavors. (Via High Heels to Hot Wheels.)


Stunning in appearance and completely mouthwatering, Orange and Matcha Upside Down Cake is a sophisticated and complex take on a classic. (Via Somewhere Over the Kitchen.)

Orange and Matcha

This ruby red Plum Upside Down Cake may be gluten and sugar free but it’s also absolutely delicious. Perfect for guests with dietary restrictions. (Via Hungry Australian.)


Caramel-flavored cherries top a fragrant lemon cake in Cherry Upside Down Cake. Ideal for afternoon tea or an anytime pick-me-up. (Via Flour Arrangements.)


Blueberry and Elderflower Upside Down Cake features summer fruit, floral cordial and a vanilla-scented batter. Serve with a good scoop of vanilla ice cream and enjoy all by yourself on a rainy day. (Via Nutmegs Seven.)