Upside Down Star Fruit Cake


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter + some more to grease the pan
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 lemon’s juice
  • 3/4 small starfruit, cut into 4 parts and seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup pecan nuts
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup low fat yogurt


  1. Start by positioning an oven rack in the center of the oven, and preheat to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. Then, butter a 9″ round cake pan.
  3. Topping preparation : Melt the butter, brown sugar and lemon juice together in a microwave safe small bowl and put in the microwave.
  4. After that, spread the mixture over the bottom of the prepared pan and cover it with the starfruit slices by nestling them next to one another and overlapping. Set aside.
  5. Cake preparation : You should spread the pecans out on a baking sheet and bake until nicely toasted, 8 – 10 mins.
  6. Let cool and then pulse in a food processor until finely ground.
  7. Then, whisk together the ground pecans, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, salt and allspice. Set aside.
  8. Now you can beat the butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 mins.
  9. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating to incorporate after each addition.
  10. Scrape down the side of the bowl as needed and adjust the mixer speed to low, and add half the flour mixture, then the yogurt, then the remaining flour.
  11. You can now pour the batter into the pan, spread it out into an even layer and give it a few taps on the counter.
  12. Bake until golden brown, a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean in the center and the cake pulls away from the edges, 45 – 50 mins.
  13. Let cool on a wire rack until the pan is cool enough to handle, then run a knife along the edge and invert the cake onto a serving platter.
  14. You need to let the cake cool completely before serving.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Sounds great! I’m a big fan of upside-down cakes and have posted a few recipes for this type of cakes, but never tried it with star fruit. I love the idea! 🙂

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  2. I agree with Ronit! I love upside cakes too. Plus, I never knew you could cook star fruit. Sounds very pretty.


    1. Desiree says:

      Yes we can! You should definitely try

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      1. I have to find some. They aren’t always available. Plus, usually I find star fruit beautiful but not very tasty. Are they supposed to be slightly tart? That’s why I like the spices you used. Great combination!


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