Iron Skillet Berry Upside Down Cake

May 15, 2015Katie
SKillet Blackberry Upside Down Cake

In the back left corner of our yard every year we have a dilemna.

The dilemna involves dark red, almost plum-colored berries dropping over the fence from a large tree that is literally chock FULL of birds.

what does a mulberry tree look like

The birds love the trees because of the berries but what we don’t love is the mess of a thousand berries every year for our snow-white dogs and us to step on and smoosh and bring into the house. close up mulberry cake

The tree is a mulberry tree.

I don’t recall knowing what a mulberry tree was when I live in the north.

Mulberry tree photos

I first encountered one at a friend’s ranch when their teenage kids rode horses out to the tree, spread out a large and faded old bed sheet underneath it, then climbed up onto the branches and shook them.

Mulberries on tree

The berries came pouring out of the tree onto the sheet and then we gathered the corners up, rode back to the house and rinsed them off to bake in a pie.

When I’ve mentioned mulberries to my friends, some seem to have a memory of their grandma baking them into pies or cobblers, but many have never tried one.

Skillet Upside Down Mullberry Cake 2

Mulberries greatest fame seems to come from the old nursery rhyme “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”, although I don’t know why it mentions a bush instead of a tree. And there was that crazy monkey that chased the weasel….and even Vincent Van Gogh must have loved mulberries as he featured them in his paintings, even naming one  after the tree. although personally, I think this looks more like it should be called The Autumn Tree.

Vincent Van Gogh's Mulberry Tree
Vincent Van Gogh’s Mulberry Tree

Perhaps the most important thing about mulberries to know is that they are outperforming other berries in phytoactive ingredients including much higher levels of antioxidants than blueberries and even cranberries. Long story short, these berries will help you resist disease.

After I read about the messy berries laying in our backyard, we decided that the best solution was to gather them up and eat them. I mean, why leave hundreds of perfectly edible berries that are going to make me Superwoman in the grass?

mulberry recipes

Here is an old recipe for an upside down cake that I tossed my first gathered cup of mulberries into. You could totally make this with blackberries or raspberries as well!

Iron Skillet Mulberry or Blackberry Upside Cake
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 8
  • 6 T. butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 3?4 c. milk
  • 1 3?4 c. flour
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1?2 t. salt
  • FOR THE TOPPING (or bottom of skillet)
  • 4 T. butter
  • ¾ c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. fresh mulberries or blackberries
  1. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about a minute.
  2. Add eggs and beat about 20 seconds.
  3. Add milk and beat another 30 seconds or so until well-mixed.
  4. Whisk dry ingredients together and add half to wet batter and mix just until well blended
  5. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix
  6. Melt the remaining remaining butter and brown sugar in cast iron skillet on low heat.
  7. Stir together and try to spread evenly over entire bottom of skillet
  8. When sugar and butter are melted, sprinkle in mulberries, blackberries or raspberries
  9. Pour batter mixture on top so that all fruit is covered.
  10. Bake in center of oven at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes until center of cake tests done.
  11. Remove skillet from oven, run knife around outside and immediately invert the skillet onto platter.
  12. Serve with vanilla bean ice cream or fresh whipped cream

Would you like to see more recipes featuring picnic foods for summer? Check out what other wonderful food bloggers made for Food Network’s Summer Soiree!

Feed Me Phoebe: Baked Quinoa Cakes with Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli
Buckwheat Double Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies: Buckwheat Double Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies
Bacon and Soufflé: Classic Tomato and Garlic Bruschetta
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Fruit Sandwich
Napa Farmhouse 1885: White & Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Red or Green: Corn & Sweet Red Pepper Casserole
Homemade Delish: Mini Tea Sandwiches
Taste with the Eyes: Rice Noodles with Miso Butter and Ramen-Style Toppings
Virtually Homemade: Virtually Homemade Gluten Free Blueberry Crumble Bars
Dishin & Dishes: Iron Skillet Upside Down Mulberry (or Blackberry or Raspberry) Cake
The Wimpy Vegetarian: Strawberries and Skinny Yogurt Cheesecake Dip
Healthy Eats: How to Pack a Healthy Picnic — Summer Soiree
The Mom 100: Creamy Corn and Potato Salad with Bacon


  • Liz@Virtually Homemade

    May 28, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    This cake looks amazing Katie! I love baking cakes in iron skillets. I've even done it on the grill. Perfect for Summer Soiree
    1. Katie

      May 29, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Liz - yes! The grill is awesome with iron skillets! When we had a cabin stay last year, we made an apple pie over a covered Weber Grill and agreed it was the best we'd ever had!
    2. Josie

      November 13, 2016 at 12:51 am

      I'm making it for Thanksgiving using the Pakistani mulberries I picked and froze. Can't Wait.
      1. Katie

        November 14, 2016 at 9:41 am

        Josie - oh good for you! I hope you enjoy it!
  • rajaperabotan

    January 26, 2016 at 11:22 am

    You caan place it on a try to catch any drips that may fall as it thaws. Whaat if you could just choose items already in your pantry and improvise a delicious, nutritious, quick and easy meal every night of the week. It can be the difference between a triumphant meal and an undercooked case of food borbe illness.
  • Theresa Cartee

    May 25, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Does this freeze well?
    1. Katie

      June 13, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      Theresa Cartee -I have not frozen it but I believe it would...yes!
  • Marble, Elaina

    May 30, 2018 at 10:59 am

    I just have a questions. What size skillet did you use? 10"? I'm sure it's there somewhere, I just missed it. Thanks!
    1. Katie

      June 13, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      Elaina - 10 inch!

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