Upside-Down Strawberry Shortcake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling


15 servings

Updated: Sep. 27, 2023
For a tasty twist, this special shortcake has a berry layer on the bottom. The tempting strawberry upside-down cake is a sweet that our family has savored for years. —Debra Falkiner, St. Charles, Missouri
Upside-Down Strawberry Shortcake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed
  • 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • Fresh strawberries and whipped cream


  1. Preheat oven 350°. Sprinkle marshmallows evenly into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; set aside. In a small bowl, combine strawberries and gelatin powder; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  3. Pour batter over the marshmallows. Spoon strawberry mixture evenly over batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 45-50 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Invert onto a serving platter (strawberry layer will be on bottom). Garnish with strawberries and whipped cream.

Strawberry Upside-Down Cake Tips

How do you serve strawberry upside-down cake?

Like most strawberry desserts, this treat is delectable served warm with a side of vanilla ice cream or dollop of whipped cream.

How do you store strawberry upside-down cake?

You can store an ungarnished strawberry upside-down cake at room temperature in an airtight container for up to five days. Store a garnished cake in the fridge in an airtight container for up to three days.

Can you freeze strawberry upside-down cake?

Yes, you can freeze this strawberry upside-down cake for up to three months if it's stored in its pan and wrapped tightly. Remove from the freezer the day before and garnish right before serving. Psst! It looks especially nice on a buffet table alongside these other 5-star cakes.

Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor, and Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Associate Food Stylist

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 288 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 214mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.