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Blueberry Upside-Down Skillet Cake

Living in Maine, I am lucky to have an endless amount of wild blueberries. This recipe's similar to a pineapple upside down cake. It's easy, light and also great with cranberries. —Nettie Moore, Belfast, Maine
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • Optional toppings: vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and toasted almonds


  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a 10-in. cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet, melt cubed butter over medium-low heat; stir in brown sugar until dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in orange juice; sprinkle with blueberries.
  • In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk egg, milk, melted butter and extract until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Pour over blueberries.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 18-22 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. Top as desired.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice (calculated without whipped cream): 454 calories, 21g fat (11g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 396mg sodium, 63g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • oreo95
    Feb 18, 2021

    Very quick and easy to make. I really loved the taste of the cake part of this but the topping had an odd taste. I did cut the brown sugar down to 1/2 cup (as well as the white sugar in the cake part). May try regular sugar next time.

  • A.Karm
    Jul 14, 2015

    Quick, easy and very tastey. I added more blueberries to the pan.Will definately make it again.

  • Loiscooks
    Mar 20, 2015

    This cake tested done, and it looked done; however, it had the texture of a cake not quite done. I followed the recipe with the exception of cutting the brown sugar in half. It was okay, but I will not make it again.

  • matteliz
    Feb 24, 2015

    Delicious! My kids and husband loved it, even the blueberry hater. I cut the amount of butter and sugar in the topping by half and it was perfect.

  • pdarwin
    Oct 6, 2014

    This sounds tasty!

  • havingfunwithmyfamily
    Mar 7, 2014

    Delicious! Absolutely Delicious! I did not have orange juice, so I made a little mixture of lemon juice, water, and sugar. I also cut the butter in the batter to 1/4 cup, and added 1/3 cup of sour cream to make sure it stayed nice and moist. I had to walk away from this dessert. Too Good!

  • NettieMoore
    Feb 1, 2014

    Thank you for publishing my recipe! Nettie from Moore or Less Cooking,, one of my favorite blueberry cakes!!!