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One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday is watch cooking shows. I watch a lot of cooking shows from the Great British Baking show to Martha Bakes hosted by Martha Stewart. So I was watching Martha Bakes weeks ago when I saw her make a mango upside down cake. Let’s just say that I fell in love with the concept IMMEDIATELY.

1/2 inch thick mango slices

The cake batter is poured over a layer of mangoes, baked, turned upside down and served.

I hopped on the internet to find recipes for mango upside down cakes. Most recipes included ingredients I didn’t want to include in the cake like rum, bananas, buttermilk, mango syrup (from a can). I mean, I just wanted a simple moist cake topped with the beauty of fresh mangoes.

Sliced mango on a white plate.

So I had to concoct my own cake batter which is so simple but incredibly moist! The ingredients include good ole’ flour, sugar, butter, vanilla, baking powder, salt, milk and eggs (see full recipe below for quantities).

mango upside down

The mangoes cook beneath the cake batter over a decadent sugar and butter mixture. The taste after baking is to die for! I’ll let you bake the cake and try it for yourself. This recipe is a MUST-MAKE.

I start by greasing my cake pan then coating the bottom with a sugar and butter mixture. Then I arrange freshly sliced mangoes over the sinful sugar-butter mixture.

upside down cake baking

Then I mix my batter and pour over the mango goodness.

Cake batter pouring over sliced mangos.

Then I bake to golden brown perfection!

mango upside down cake baked

Then turn the cake upside down!

mango upside down cake recipe

Yummy to the 1000th power! This cake is fruity, sweet, bursting with flavors from the tropics due to the abundance of fresh mangoes. Enjoy!

upside down cake recipe

upside down mango cake

Mango Upside Down Cake

5 from 2 votes
A classic upside cake made with mangoes. Fruity, incredibly moist and insanely delicious!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 10 servings


  • 2 cups flour (250 g)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (300 g)
  • 2 large mangoes sliced into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (12 tablespoons) melted
  • 1 cup whole (liquid) milk (240 ml)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder


  • Grease a 10 inch baking pan with oil or melted butter, preheat oven to 350 degrees F/180 degrees C.
  • Mix one third (1/2) cup of melted butter with 1/2 cup of sugar then spread mixture to coat the bottom of the baking pan.
  • Arrange mango slices over the butter and sugar coating. They should be tightly packed, leaving no space in between.
  • Make the cake batter. In a large bowl, mix together melted butter, sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Add in eggs and mix well. Then add in flour, baking powder, salt and whisk together to form a smooth batter.
  • Pour batter into prepared baking pan and smoothen the top with a spatula. 
  • Bake in prepared oven for about 50 minutes until it is golden brown ontop and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Turn cake upside down and serve!


1. You may want to reduce the sugar content of the batter to half or a quarter cup if you do not have much of a sweet tooth,


Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 982IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2mg

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 388
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  1. Thanks for sharing this recipe Precious. I’ve just got to try it. And please keep the shares coming, they help me exercise in my hobby – experimenting in the kitchen.
    Thanks. I’ll let you know how it goes 😁.

  2. This looks amazing! Do you think it would be good if I used brown sugar instead of white sugar for the bottom of the pan? Or do you think white sugar is better for enhancing the mango flavor?

  3. Hi Precious, thank you for the wonderful work you are doing to upgrade us in the power house. Please I would like to ask a question on measurements. For the recipe above; 2 cups of flour 250 grams means 2 cups of 250g or 2 cups of 125 grams each which equals 250g? I have had issues with this a couple of times and thought I should ask for clarification. Thank you and have a blessed day.

    1. Hi Dremoh, 1 cup of flour is equal to 125 grams so 2 cups of flour equal 250 grams (that’s 125 times 2). Hope this is clear.

  4. you will adopt my 14 year old daughter. She watches all cooking shows, master chef, cooking with pankash,celebrity chef…etc… the pikin too much. Now she’s hooked to Aunty Precious…i don suffer try and error recipes…
    she read this and said deli deli….trouble. we will try this on saturday

    1. Awww she’s my kind of girl!
      I LOVE cooking shows. This recipe is a show-stopper. Hope you guys enjoy it much as I do.
      Have a great weekend!

  5. It looks so normal after baking, then you turn it upside down and it’s a delightful yummy looking colourful mango filled surprise.
    I want. I want.

  6. My to-cook list is overflowing, thanks to you!! I am definitely going to give this a try. I am drooling just looking at it and to think I am not so a cake person! Way to go Presh!! 🙂

    1. Awww, thanks darling! This one is a keeper. It is great for those days when you want to indulge. A must-cook!