This spring, my mother-in-law invited me and my mom to a Mother's Day lucheon at the senior center in her town. She has lunch there almost every day, and has made some great friends. I was definitely one of the younger moms in the room, and it was great to be surrounded by so many women who have had such varied experiences. The hostess shared several poems and readings about motherhood, and we could all relate to them. We were treated to a yummy lunch, followed by a homemade strawberry upside-down cake so good I had to ask the hostess for the recipe! (That's my mother-in-law on the left, my mom, and me, at the luncheon.)
The hostess said that when she found the recipe, it said to mash the strawberries. Hers weren't ripe enough to really mash, so she ended up putting them in the blender. She said that ended up pretty much turning them to liquid. Luckily, she had more strawberries, and she just chopped them up really well. She said she left her kitchen in a mess and was worried the cake wouldn't be very good. She did not need to worry!
When I made the cake, I used my food processor to chop up the strawberries. I used a bundt pan, and I've also made it in mini loaf pans. I even added pineapple to one cake, and it was delicious! This recipe is very forgiving, so use the fruit you have, and enjoy! This is such a great way to really dress up a store-bought cake mix, but if you have a yellow cake recipe that you love, you can use that as well!
Strawberry upside-down cake
1 pound strawberries, smashed or chopped into small pieces
1 package strawberry-flavored gelatin powder (or use your favorite flavor)
3 cups miniature marshmallows
Yellow cake mix and ingredients needed to prepare it, or your favorite homemade yellow cake recipe
1. Spread strawberries into the bottom of a prepared cake pan. Sprinkle gelatin powder evenly over the top. Sprinkle marshmallows on top.
2. Prepare cake mix batter. Pour evenly over the strawberries and marshmallows in the pan. Bake according to cake directions.
3. Let cool and invert cake onto a platter or cake stand. Top cake slices with whipped cream if desired.