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Upside Down Cake with Star Appeal

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Upside Down Cake Takes on a New Shape

Brooks Tropicals is a Florida based company that offers quality tropical fruits and vegetable and their website has tons of tips and usage information on the produce they carry as well as recipes, such as this upside down cake. The recipe calls for a 9×13 pan, but you could make individual rounds as seen in the image. You could make this with a boxed mix as suggested, or use our easy Yellow Cake for a scratch version. Any which way, you will love the combo of starfruit, ginger, pineapple and coconut. Also check out their Guava Java Cake, which features one of my favorite fruit.


Turn the world of upside down cake upside down. Switch starfruit for pineapple for its stellar appearance and great taste.

Upside Down Cake with Star Appeal

Author: Mary Ostlund
Serves: 7


  • non-fat cooking spray
  • 2 tbs light brown sugar
  • 1 Florida starfruit, sliced into star shapes
  • 1/4 cup dried pineapple chips
  • 2 tbs fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup tropical fruit juice (pineapple is great) to replace any water called for in the recipe


  1. Spray the bottom of 13"x9" pan (or individual cake pans, as shown) with non-fat cooking spray.

  2. Evenly sprinkle with the bottom with brown sugar.

  3. Layer the starfruit slices in the pan's bottom without overlapping.

  4. Sprinkle pineapple chunks and fresh ginger across fruit.

  5. Prepare cake mix according to box directions (using a tropical fruit juice in place of water called for in the recipe).

  6. Pour batter into pan; bake according to box directions.

  7. Let cake cool in pan 20-30 minutes.

  8. When cool, invert onto flat tray.

Author's Tips

  • You can replace any pineapple in an upside down cake with starfruit. Don't stop at that. Use a tropical juice like pineapple to add additional flair.

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