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Strawberry Upside Down Cake

Strawberry Upside Down Cake Recipe, Nutella Cake
After a fun, relaxing week of vacation, it feels good to be back home! Even though I was on vacation, I did do some baking and this Strawberry Upside Down Cake topped with Nutella is one of the cakes I made for our families 4th of July party. And it really is true that Nutella makes everything taste even better.

My family said that Strawberry Upside Down Cake will never be the same without a drizzle of Nutella on top, and they were right, it tasted just like one big chocolate covered strawberry. I definitely Spread the Happy to my whole family this 4th of July weekend with this amazingly, delicious cake!

Nutella Strawberry Cake

This cake is super simple to make, all you need is a box of yellow cake mix, buttermilk, eggs, strawberries, strawberry gelatin, and mini marshmallows. I like to make this cake in a deep pie dish but you can use a 9×13 cake pan as well.

Quick Tip: To crush the strawberries,  place the two cups of sliced strawberries in a large ziplock bag. Using a rolling pin on top of the strawberries to crush them up. I like to crush some of them up but keep some strawberries in tact because I think it makes the cake look prettier when you flip it upside down. But that’s just me, you can crush them up however you would like!

Strawberry Cake Recipe

I also used my aunts yellow cake mix recipe for the first time, and I loved it, it’s so simple and it made the cake taste just like homemade.

Here is the trick, I started off by using Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Mix, and rather than mixing the cake mix with vegetable oil and water, instead I used 1 2/3 cup buttermilk, you want to use slightly more buttermilk than a direct one-to-one ratio because of the volume of the buttermilk. I then added an extra egg to the mix making it a total of 4 eggs.

And that’s it…you  now have a cake that taste just like homemade but without all the work and it’s even easier than adding pudding mix, sour cream, milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, eggs, plus the cake mix.. like I have done in the past, to make cake mix taste like homemade.

But from now on I will be using the buttermilk substitute for all the liquids when using cake mix in my recipes from here on out, the only thing I might add next time is a couple drops of vanilla but other than that this cake was delicious!

Step-by-step on how to make this Strawberry Upside Down Cake:

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Strawberry Upside Down Cake

Yield: 8 Slices

Total Time:1 hour 5 minutes

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  • 2 cups crushed fresh strawberries
  • 1 (6 ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin mix
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 4 large eggs


Preheat an oven to 350F degrees. Lightly spray 9 1/2 inch pie dish or 9x13 cake pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

Spread crushed strawberries on the bottom of a pie dish or cake pan. Evenly sprinkle strawberries with the dry strawberry gelatin powder, and top with mini marshmallows.

Using an electric or stand mixer, mix together the cake mix, buttermilk and eggs until combined. Pour cake batter on top of the marshmallows. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool cake in the dish/pan for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the dish/pan to loosen the sides, and turn the cake out onto a large serving plate. Place Nutella in a piping bag or large ziplock bag with a small hole cut on one end, drizzle Nutella on top of cake.

*Don’t have buttermilk!? No worries, all you need is 1⅔ cup heavy whipping cream or milk, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar. Stir the lemon juice or white vinegar into the heavy whipping cream or milk, let stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. When it’s ready the milk mixture will be thicker and you will see small curd bites. Use in recipe as directed.



Nutella® hazelnut spread is a happy start to every day! Pick up a jar of Nutella in the spreads aisle and enjoy it with whole wheat toast, waffles, pancakes, strawberries, bananas and many other foods. Nutella. Spread the Happy™.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by the makers of Nutella via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nutella.

38 Responses to “Strawberry Upside Down Cake”

  1. Susette — September 30, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    I would suggest you use the large 13×9 pan instead of pie pan..I tried 10″pie pan n it didn’t hold all the cake mix n I had to try n get it out of pie pan without it mixing…NOT EASY..I ended up putting it in in a 10″ cheesecake pan…..Tasted good tho .

  2. hazvineyi — July 26, 2015 at 4:31 am

    my 12year old son loves strawberries. this will definitely be his birthday cake..

  3. Denise — May 3, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    My 6 year old grandson requested a birthday cake with strawberry jam in. This looks like it will be a great cake to make. His other requwsr was a dead zombie coming out af it. I’ll have to figuout how to do that.

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  5. Sandra — December 7, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Could you use strawberry pie filling from a can instead of making the mix?

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — December 8th, 2014 @ 8:04 am

      I have never used a strawberry pie filling before but I don’t see why you couldn’t use a pie filling from a can. Enjoy! 🙂

  6. Kristen — September 18, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Would frozen, strawberries work for this if I thaw them first?

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — September 19th, 2014 @ 7:29 am

      Hi Kristen,

      Yes, you can use frozen strawberries that are thawed! Enjoy! 🙂

  7. Karen @ The Food Charlatan — July 31, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Why do we leave all the upside down fun to pineapple? This is such a great idea!

  8. [email protected] — July 14, 2014 at 11:06 am

    This is seriously the greatest invention in the history of mankind! Could there be a better combo of flavors? Totally making this soon! Love it, girl!

  9. Roxy | Roxy's Kitchen — July 12, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Oh wow, I definitely wasn’t expecting just 5 ingredients! Looks mouthwatering! Pinned!

  10. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — July 11, 2014 at 10:35 am

    This cake is all sorts of awesome! What a fun twist on the traditional upside down cakes!

  11. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — July 11, 2014 at 7:43 am

    This looks incredible! What a great idea for an upside down cake!

  12. Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic — July 10, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Gorgeous cake, Jenn! The marshmallows are such a fun surprise in the recipe.

  13. Nutmeg Nanny — July 10, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    This pie looks amazing! Strawberries and Nutella are delicious together!

  14. Marly — July 10, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    What a great idea for a summer cake!

  15. Memesis — July 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Love this idea, mine is in the oven right now…and smells AMAZING! I wondered if you have tried it using other fruits? I’m thinking fresh juicy freestone peaches, just sliced and maybe made into swirled patterns and with peach jello!

  16. Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — July 10, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I love this cake! So easy and beautiful….definitely making this very soon!

  17. Beth @ bethcakes — July 10, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    This strawberry upside down cake is absolutely gorgeous! I’ve haven’t heard of your aunt’s version of using a yellow cake mix, but I totally want to try it now! And love the Nutella drizzle, definitely a good decision. 🙂

  18. Nancy [email protected] — July 10, 2014 at 8:41 am

    What a wonderful way to make an upside down cake! I have never had it with strawberries but it looks amazing!

  19. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — July 9, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    So pretty!!!

  20. Sandra — July 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    I love the step by step! Great pictures and recipe.

  21. Krystle(Baking Beauty) — July 9, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I’ve never had an upside down cake because I don’t really like pineapple. This looks awesome especially the Nutella on top!

  22. valmg @ From Val's Kitchen — July 9, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    This looks awesome! I love the idea of putting the marshmallows in there!

  23. Cate @ Chez CateyLou — July 9, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Nutella sure does make everything better!! But honestly I would go crazy for this cake even without the nutella! I love this idea of doing strawberry instead of pineapple! What a perfect cake for summer!

  24. Carisa Smith — July 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    This looks incredible. I’m not normally a fan of jello, but I am definitely putting this on my “have to try” list. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  25. dina — July 9, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    this looks sooo good!

  26. Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — July 9, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    This cake is gorgeous! And I love the tip on crushing the berries. I always lug out my food processor for things like that, which I hate doing. Now I won’t have to!

  27. Meseidy — July 9, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I saw this on FB and had to come check it out! I LOVE upside down cakes!

  28. [email protected] — July 9, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Chocolate and strawberries are a match made in heaven!

  29. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — July 9, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I almost don’t want to eat this, it’s so pretty. Almost. 😉

  30. Ginny McMeans — July 9, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Yum – love how delicious this looks.

  31. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — July 9, 2014 at 11:03 am

    I am seriously drooling over this cake!!! It looks amazing!! Love strawberry and Nutella together!

  32. The Food Hunter — July 9, 2014 at 10:08 am

    fun for kids!

  33. Britni — July 9, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Strawberry + Nutella = Heaven!! Thanks for sharing this recipe, Jenn.

  34. Rebecca {foodie with family} — July 9, 2014 at 9:30 am

    This cake is so inviting it hurts! And it looks easy, so bonus points!

  35. Christie - Food Done Light — July 9, 2014 at 8:20 am

    This is a gorgeous cake. I love that you used strawberries. That is something I don’t see a lot.

  36. Lauren Kelly Nutrition — July 9, 2014 at 8:18 am

    This looks amazing! My kids would go crazy for this! Making this soon 🙂

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