Mango Upside Down Cake

The cake has beautifully absorbed the syrup which made it tastier. You will surely taste mangoes in every bite. 

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When you are baking for a long time, you think that baking a simple upside down cake will not harm your few minutes relaxation. I was wrong…

It was one fine day when I finally decided to make upside down cake and of course, it’s a mango upside down cake.

While reading the recipe, I told myself “Okay, it is very easy. Nothing will go wrong.” So I prepared everything and when done, I placed the baking pan in the oven and turn on the timer. (Take note, I have the right oven temperature.) I sat down and went to my phone (Instagram-ing, of course!) then I smelled something:

Me: Hmmm, that smell! So sweet.

Cousin: Uh, more like burning.

Me: No,*sniffing* it’s sweet.

Cousin: Er, no! It’s burning!

Me: *left my phone and went to the kitchen* Oh my gosh! Open all the window!!! The oven is smoking!!

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So I took out the baking pan – the caramel overflowed that caused the burning and smoke. I was just about to throw the unbaked cake:

Me: Ugh! So bad! I am going to throw this!

Cousin: Are you sure?

Me: *took a fork and took a small piece from the edges of the cake* Oh, it’s delicious! It’s a little sweet. Must be the sugar. But gosh, it is really good! But still, I cannot put this back inside.

Cousin: Why don’t you try baking them again on a lower heat?

So I put it back in the oven and I was glad that I did. The cake was amazing – the cake has absorbed the syrup that gave the cake a sweeter taste and you will really taste the mangoes in every bite. I don’t think I can serve this with another sweet stuff like ice cream. For me, it is best with a cup of tea or black coffee.

Mango Upside Down Cake


For the topping:

  • 3 firm & ripe mangoes, peeled & sliced
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar**

For the batter:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 mango puree*
For the topping:
  1. Peel the mangoes. Cut off each side and slice them lengthwise. For how many, it depends on you, but do not slice it too thick or thin. Place them in a bowl and drizzle lemon on top. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Add in brown sugar. Without stirring, cook sugar and butter until it begins to caramelize.
  3. Spread the mixture in a 9 inch round baking pan, making sure to swirl it around to coat the bottom of the pan. Add/arrange the sliced mangoes as per the design you like. Set aside while you prepare the batter.

For the batter:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In another bowl, add in softened butter and sugar. Using an electric mixer, beat for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  4. While still beating, add in eggs and egg yolk one at a time. Then add in vanilla and yogurt.
  5. Switching to a spatula, add in half of the dry ingredients. Carefully, mix.
  6. Add mango puree* and mix.
  7. Add in remaining dry ingredients and mix until combined. Do not overmix.
  8. Carefully transfer the batter into the prepared pan, over the mango slices, making sure not to spoil your pattern.
  9. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  10. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  11. Unmold the cake by running a knife along the edges of the pan and invert onto a larger plate to continue cooling.
  12. Serve warm or at room temperature.


* You can use concentrated mango juice instead of mango puree.

Source recipe: Sunshiny Mango Upside Down Cake by From Brazil to You

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I am taking this over at Fiesta Friday #132. Thanks to AngieSandy and Nancy.

Happy Fiesta Friday!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend! 


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58 thoughts on “Mango Upside Down Cake

  1. Oooh – what a fab idea! I have had pineapple upside-down cake many times before but never a mango upside-down cake. I think I will pop this on my very long list 😉 Thanks for sharing with #CookBlogShare! Eb x

  2. It sounds amazing! I love upside down cakes but I’ve never had a mango one before. I did once have my own disaster with a banana one and ended up with caramel all over the inside of the oven so I know how easy it is to have accidents with these type of cakes!

  3. Ooooo love upside down cakes, and love mangoes, so this was love at first sight, or is that bite? 🙂 So glad you didn’t give up on this gorgeous cake, we all have oven blunders of one kind or another, your end product was a feast I’m sure.

    1. I know. I think I got the post in the wrong time – mango season has passed. 😦 But maybe you can find some or save this for later. 😉 Thanks, Ann. x

      1. When we were living in Thailand, those mangoes while seasonal, would be relatively OK to find. And those Thai mangoes…OMG! Heaven! Now that we are in europe…the mangoes are rare. And different! LOL

  4. Sounds delicious! What a wild experience! Glad your cousin was there!
    Thanks for the tip on coffee or tea! I would have topped with whipped cream! 😀

  5. I’m so glad you didn’t give up on this cake, Jhuls, because it looks delicious! It sounds soooo good…love mangoes! Thanks for sharing it at FF!

    1. Me, too. I am glad my cousin was there. I easily give up on things, you know. 😀 Thanks for co-hosting, Nancy. I am happy to see you here at the party. x

  6. Jhuls, Your fabulous photo of the mango cake with caramelized sugar drew me in instantly and as I was reading your post,I am saying, no don’t throw it,save the cake 🙂 I can smell that aroma of the cake and it sounds divine with a cup of tea!
    Thank you so much for bringing it to Fiesta Friday!

    1. If only I could let you smell the cake, too. 😀 My first and only choice was to throw the cake. I am really happy that I didn’t. I gave my cousin extra slice for that. 😀 Thanks for co-hosting, Sandhya. x

    1. The first horrible experience I had was when I made meringue – they turned black. Haha! I never did them again. Maybe I’d use a bigger pan next time I make this. Thanks, Julie. I hope you are having a fab time. x

    1. When I tasted the cake, I was caught in the middle of throwing and not. I was going to start all over again – glad that I really put it back in the oven. 😀 Thanks, Josette. Have a great week ahead. x

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