Strawberry Upside Down Cake

This strawberry upside-down cake is a delicious, flavorful recipe—a yellow cake mix paired with strawberry jello, fresh strawberries, and mini marshmallows. Serve this strawberry cake with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream on the side.

Strawberry Upside Down cake with a blue stove in the background

This cake reminds me of a pineapple upside-down cake but with a twist. I love a boxed cake mix dessert that is so easy to make. Check out my strawberry poke cake; it is a great one.

This dessert is easy to make if you need a last-minute dessert to prepare for unexpected guests. You will find that this is a cake that can be served all year round, from a summer cookout to a family reunion potluck. Or if you like to have baked goods in your kitchen, try this cake out.

Ingredients Needed

Here is a quick look at what you need to make this strawberry upside down cake.

  • Strawberries – I used fresh strawberries that I crushed up. You can use a blender or food processor to break up the berries quickly.
  • Strawberry Jello – Grab a box of jello to add even more strawberry flavor to this dessert.
  • Mini Marshmallows – Grab a few cups of mini marshmallows to sprinkle over the bottom of the cake pan.
  • Cake Mix—For the base of the Cake, you can grab any brand of yellow cake mix. You will use the ingredients it calls for on the back of the box.
Strawberry Upside Down Cake on a green plate with a dollop of whipped cream on the side. There is a blue stove in the background

Variations to Recipe

Feel free to look through the variations and pick and choose what you would like to change the flavor of this cake. Or keep the recipe the same as the recipe card.

  • Feel free to use frozen strawberries instead of fresh ones. Thaw the berries first for a bit so they can be blended.
  • Sprinkle on some chopped nuts in the bottom of the pan for a nice little crunch.
  • Swap the yellow cake mix with a white cake mix, chocolate, funfetti, etc. Any flavor of cake works.
  • Sprinkle some white or mini chocolate chips on the strawberries for more flavor.
  • Coconut flakes would be a great sprinkle with the strawberries.
  • Squeeze some lemon juice over the strawberries in the pan. Then add one teaspoon of lemon juice to the cake mix and the zest of one lemon.
  • Instead of strawberries, make a mixed berry blend of the cake.
  • Reach for raspberry, cherry, or other Jello flavors instead of strawberry.

Tips For Making

Here are a few tips for making this easy dessert successfully. This recipe is simple, but these tips will help you set yourself up for success even more.

  • Make sure your fruit is fresh and ripe. You want bright red strawberries that are ripe.
  • Mix up the cake mix as directed on the box. You will use the ingredients on the back of the box.
  • Spread all the ingredients over the whole cake pan. Otherwise, you will not have even flavors when you bite the cake.
  • The cake is done when you stick the toothpick in the center and it comes out clean of wet batter.
  • Allow the cake to cool for a bit, otherwise it will not come out of the pan that easily.
Strawberry Upside Down cake with a blue stove in the background

Storing Leftover Cake

Refrigerate any cake you do not eat right away. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for 4-5 days. Of course, the cake will dry out just a bit with each day.

Now, you can also freeze the leftover cake. Place your cake in the freezer and store it for 2-3 months. Then, thaw in the fridge the night before you plan to eat. Or eat it straight from the freezer.


Can I make this cake gluten-free or vegan?

Yes, you are welcome to use a gluten-free or vegan-friendly cake mix to replace the classic cake mix. Just mix and bake the same. Watch the cooking time, as some cake mixes might bake up a little faster or take a bit longer.

Can I make this cake ahead of time?

Feel free to make this cake a day before serving it up. Just whip it up and store it in the fridge until you can dish it up.

Can I use gelatin instead of Jello powder?

You can use gelatin to replace the jello powder. It will alter the flavor of the cake a bit but just know it will work the same. Sprinkle evenly over the strawberries like you would the strawberry yellow.

A slice of strawberry upside down cake on a green plate with a blue stove in the background

Strawberry Upside Down Cake


  • 2 Cups Crushed fresh strawberries I use a blender or food processor to crush them
  • 1 6oz Box of strawberry jello
  • 3 Cups Mini marshmallows
  • 1 18oz yellow cake mix Batter prepared as directed on package


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spread the crushed strawberries on the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Evenly cover the strawberry jello powder over the berries. Top with the mini marshmallows.
  • Prepare the cake mix according to the back of the box. Pour the cake batter over top of the marshmallows. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Run a knife alongside the edge of the pan to loosen the sides. Turn the cake upside down onto a rectangle cake plate, tray, or sheet pan.
  • I like to serve mine with whipped cream.
  • Store the cake in the refrigerator.