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Blueberry-Lemon Upside-Down Cake

I was young when I married, so I watched my mother-in-law to learn baking. This cake with fresh blueberries is one of her beauties. —Bonnie Roberts, Newaygo, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 4 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened blueberries, thawed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • Whipped topping


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a greased 13x9-in. baking dish, layer blueberries, sugar and marshmallows. Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions, adding lemon zest before mixing batter; pour over marshmallows.
  • Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. Serve warm with whipped topping.

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Nutrition Facts
1 piece (calculated without whipped topping): 313 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 279mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


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  • Holly
    Aug 14, 2020

    Made this recipe with fresh blueberries, lemon cake mix, added a touch of lemon juice to the blueberries. Cooked it for as long as they said, toothpick came out clean, when I turned it over onto the pan after cooling, the whole thing was raw inside. For whoever wants to be brave and try this recipe, I would cook it twice as long as they say to cook it. I just hate wasting the ingredients because blueberries obviously aren’t cheap.

  • Jeannie
    Jun 27, 2020

    This cake is yummy and simple to make. A new summer go to for us. Thank you

  • AlejandraFoley
    Jul 6, 2019

    This cake was really bad. The bottom was really mushy and I don't believe it needs the marshmallows, it makes it REALLY sweet. The box cake gives it an after taste.

  • menkens
    Nov 11, 2017

    want more lemon .... use a lemon cake mix instead of yellow ... just saying!Sounds interesting and I might make one day...

  • jjpatters
    Jun 1, 2016

    It was a good dessert, just not lemony enough for me. I will make it again but with a few alterations. Super easy to make, but I found it lacking in lemon flavor even after doubling the grated lemon peel. Next time I will try adding some lemon juice to the blueberries to give them a kick and use parchment paper on the bottom of the pan since some of the blueberries remained in the pan. Not a big deal though, they were easy to scoop up and put back on the top. I used real whipped cream for the topping.

  • clorhead
    Jul 19, 2015

    Very tasty and easy! I only used about 1/4 cup of sugar and it was still plenty sweet for us, especially with the whipped topping. Next time I will probably add some more lemon peel. Thanks for the recipe!