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Fruit Cocktail Upside-Down Cake

Lodge Cast Iron | March 14, 2024

Steel Magnolias is one of our favorite Dolly Parton movies. Inspired by her character Truvy’s "Cuppa Cuppa Cake," this upside-down skillet cake features a buttery batter, fresh fruit, and a caramelized brown sugar topping. We take ours à la mode because, as Dolly says, “I serve it over ice cream to cut the sweetness.”

Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
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Dolly Parton Recipe Upside Down Cake


1 peach, peeled and sliced
½ pear, cubed
½ cup pineapple, cubed
1 cup cherries, pitted and halved
¼  cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup self-rising flour
1 large egg
¼ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup pecans, chopped
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
Vanilla ice cream, for serving
Caramel sauce, for serving


  1. Preheat your oven to 375˚F. Spray the bottom of a 10.25 inch cast iron skillet with a nonstick baking spray like Baker's Joy, line with parchment paper, then coat with baking spray once more.
  2. Arrange the cut fruit in a fun pattern in the bottom of the skillet. This will be the top of the cake when you turn it out of the skillet, so feel free to get creative. Sprinkle the arranged fruit with the brown sugar.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine granulated sugar, flour, egg, milk, vanilla extract, chopped pecans, and melted butter. Mix until well combined. Pour batter in the skillet and spread evenly over the fruit.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Let the cake cool slightly, then run a knife around the edge of the skillet to loosen. Place a large plate or cake platter over the skillet and, using potholders, carefully invert the cake onto the plate. 
  6. Serve warm, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
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