For Old-Fashioned Indulgence, Turn Upside Down!

Some recipes are classics for a reason. The sweet and buttery Upside Down cake, for example, will quickly disappear anytime you serve it.

Nov 25, 2016

Some recipes are classics for a reason. Take the Upside Down cake for example. Sweet and buttery cake is offset by caramelized fruit topping for a dessert that will quickly disappear anytime you serve it.

Since this potluck like supper staple has been delighting diners for generations, we thought it high time we added some actual pot to it. It’s easy to do as butter is always involved in an upside-down cake, which presents cannabis cooks an opportunity to substitute in some cannabis butter instead.

Check out Cooking with Cannabis 101 for more information on dosing.

Impressive results

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While an Upside Down cake always makes a spectacular presentation, don’t let it intimidate you. Even beginning cooks can achieve impressive results. Best of all, everything cooks together at one time in a single pan or dish.

Butter, sugar, and fruit get layered in the bottom of the pan, then cake batter is spread on top. While the cake bakes, the butter, sugar, and fruit combine to make sweet, gooey, caramelized topping. After baking, invert onto a serving plate and you are done!

A heavy cast-iron skillet is my favorite vessel for baking Upside Down cakes, but a regular cake pan will work too.

Another idea that I especially like when making medicated upside down cakes is to use small ramekins to make each person their own individual cake (like in the Mango Upside Down cake recipe included with this post).

Individual portions will keep you from going back just a little more and over medicating, something that’s easy to do when edibles taste this good.

CannApple Upside Down cake

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This Cannabis-infused upside down cake will put a unique spin on your typical apple desserts. Check the recipe out here.

Pineapple Upside Down cake

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A sweet and juicy cake with a herbal kick. Check the recipe out here.

Mango Upside Down Cake

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A box cake mix makes it easy for anyone to achieve great results with this recipe. Yes, it makes 16 medicated servings, but you can freeze the leftover cakes to save for later. 

Did you know? 

Mangoes and cannabis share a terpene, myrcene, that gives both flavor and healthy medicinal properties. 


  • Butter for greasing baking dishes
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup cannabis infused vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup melted cannabis infused butter
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 cups diced mangoes


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease 12 (1/2-cup size) ovenproof ramekins with regular butter. 
  • Melt canna-butter together with ¼ cup butter. 
  • Pour 2 teaspoons melted butter mixture in the bottom of each of the ramekins and turn to coat bottom of the dish. 
  • Spread 1 tablespoons brown sugar on top of melted butter mixture and top with 1/4 cup diced mangoes spread evenly across the bottom of the ramekin. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, nutmeg, cinnamon, eggs, canna-oil, and water. 
  • Use a whisk or an electric mixer to beat until well combined and the batter is smooth. 
  • Pour 1/4-cup batter into each ramekin on tops of mangoes. 
  • Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. 
  • Let cool for 15 minutes before inverting each cake onto a serving plate. 
  • Carefully lift ramekin off to unmold.  Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled.


Don’t have ovenproof ramekins? You can also bake these cakes in ordinary muffin tins, although the recipe will make a few more cakes, slightly lower in dose, than the larger version.

Freezer friendly

Wrap extra cakes well in plastic wrap and freeze.  When ready to eat, simply thaw on the countertop to bring to room temperature and enjoy.

Nov 25, 2016