Maple Persimmon Upside Down Cake

This maple persimmon upside down cake is delicious plain, but it's also really good with a dollop of whipped cream or Greek yogurt. #cake #maplesyrup #persimmons #baking

congrats, you (almost) made it through january! you deserve cake. maple persimmon upside down cake, because upside down cakes never go out of style (see here for a caramel banana version) and because it’s persimmon season.

the majority of the content you see is created when i’m home on break, so sometimes there’s a massive gap between when i shoot the pictures and when i post them. i’m definitely not a perfectionist, but i find myself in a cycle of liking my pictures upon capture, and then disliking them when i actually go to post. but when i debate reshooting and posting later, it’s a matter of 8+ months later. because persimmons aren’t in season in june, aka summer break time. tl;dr: take these photos with a grain of salt, but i promise that this cake is delicious (bc pics are important, but what i really care about is how the recipe actually tastes).

anyways, this maple persimmon upside down cake is on the sweeter side, so serving it with unsweetened whipped cream or greek yogurt is perfect. i’ve cut the original amount of syrup down slightly, but i’d be loathe to cut it more since that’s what helps give the cake a really pleasant moistness. i love how soft (but not mushy!) the persimmon gets, and i’m convinced that everyone should cut persimmons crosswise from now on bc THAT STAR PATTERN.

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This maple persimmon upside down cake has gorgeous cross-sections of persimmons baked into the top, making for an easily beautiful dessert. #cake #maplesyrup #persimmons #baking

Maple Persimmon Upside Down Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
This maple persimmon upside down cake features maple-scented cake and tender persimmons for an easy but still impressive looking (and tasting!) cake.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9 people
Calories: 306 kcal
  • 1 stick unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 T maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk room temperature (or 2/3 T white vinegar + enough milk to total 2/3 cup)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped roasted pecans
  • 2-3 ripe fuyu medium persimmons cut into 1/4" thick slices parallel to the equator
  • whipped cream or Greek yogurt or creme fraiche to serve
  1. Melt 2 T butter and 2 T maple syrup in a 10” cake pan or cast iron skillet over low heat. Remove from the heat.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  3. Beat 6 T butter and 3/4 cup syrup until thoroughly combined (this may take days). Add the eggs, and beat for 1 minute.

  4. Add half of the flour mixture and beat for 10 seconds. Add the buttermilk and beat for 10 seconds. Add the rest of the flour mixture and beat just until combined. Fold in the pecans.
  5. Swirl the cast iron pan to make sure the sides and bottom of the pan are thoroughly coated. Cover the bottom of the pan with concentric circles of persimmons. Pour the batter over the fruit, and smooth out the surface.
  6. Bake at 350F for 45-50 minutes, until browned slightly and a knife inserted in the middle comes out with moist crumbs.
  7. Cool in the pan until it can be handled without oven mitts. Using a thin knife, gently loosen the sides of the cake. Invert onto a serving plate.
  8. Serve slices of cake warm with whipped cream, yogurt or creme fraiche.
Recipe Notes

From vvvanessa via Food52.

If you don’t have a 10” round vessel, you can either have multiple, smaller pans on hand or half the recipe and bake it for 30-35 minutes in an 8” round pan (the cake pictured here is 8").

it seems silly to talk about cake considering the current political and social climate in the us. do what you can: donate, talk, contact your congress members (even if you think they’re in safe districts), protest (peacefully). but in that same vein, i’m betting you get enough politics through your circles and irl advocacy, and i’d like to keep this an escape. tl;dr: i’m going to mention it now, but it’s not going to be in every post AND just because i don’t talk about it doesn’t mean it’s forgotten or that it doesn’t matter. 

26 Replies to “Maple Persimmon Upside Down Cake”

  1. I bought too many persimmons to eat before they go bad. This is a great idea! Thank you!

    1. then this would be perfect! i’ve only tried this with fuyus (the firm ones) though, and i don’t think hachiyas (the soft mushy ones) would hold up. if you happen to have hachiyas, highly recommend persimmon bread 😋

  2. I didn’t know the names of the different types of persimmons, but where I live, we have firm ones. I guess that’s fuyu. Thanks for the explanation in addition to the recipe! 🙂

    1. no prob! it’s confusing (like yam and sweet potato?! i never remember the differences between those two).

  3. The top of that cake is just GORGEOUS!! So mouth watering! <3 –

    1. thanks! i love how it looks like there’s stars inside of each persimmon slice 😍

  4. I usually just have them in salads but I love the idea of putting them in an upside down cake! I have the same issue, i usually like what I shoot then I go to post and I can’t stand to look at them.

    1. whoa, normally i don’t have them in salads (usually just plain and raw bc they’re so good like that already), but i’ll have to next time i get my hands on some! maybe the moral of the story is to shoot then post immediately lol.

  5. What a lovely treat! I’ve honestly never used persimmons before but I’ve always wanted to so I’ll have to try this sometime!

    1. i love persimmons plain and raw to munch on, so i only bake with them when i have a ton! besides this cake, i really like making persimmon bread (though they use different kinds of persimmons).

  6. Wow! Never thought of making an upside-down cake with persimmons! This looks gorgeous.

    1. thanks! i feel like any firm-ish fruit does well in an upside-down cake (i mean come on, cake and caramel?! can’t go wrong).

  7. I won cake!!! Persimmon cake!!! Yes Please, I love persimmons but have yet to have a persimmon cake, I’m dying to know how it tastes. These pictures made my mouth water 😉

    1. well if you love persimmons, you have to make this! 😉 especially before they go out of season~

  8. Ain’t that a pretty little lady! And yes, I just called you cake a lady – ha ha!

    1. lol thanks! there’s prettier cakes/cake ladies/lady cakes out there, but this one is the relaxed weekend edition who just wants to kick back.

  9. Love this idea! I love persimmons AND upside-down cakes.

    1. thanks lynn! upside-down cakes give me another excuse to eat more caramel-y things, so i’m always game to make one 😊

  10. Hello Heather!

    I’ve never had persimmons!!!

    I love upside-down cakes, usually they are easy to make, and I like easy 🙂

    For sure, I’ll try and find persimmons when it’s in season here and will try this recipe. I love fruits and it’s likely I’ll like it too.


    1. oooh i hope you get to try persimmons soon! they’re usually available oct-feb in california, but not quite sure what the season is like outside of the state. my favorite kind is fuyu (more round), since it’s firm and kind of crunchy, versus the mushier hachiya (more oblong/long/pointed). they’re both super sweet and tasty though!

  11. This cake is lovely! Persimmons are gorgeous fruits and this is such a creative use of them! Can’t wait to try this!

    1. thanks! it’s so easy to make something look nice when the ingredients are already pretty 😊

  12. Love the sound of this cake! I am so fascinated by Persimmons, but I still don’t know how to pick them. I have had 3 bad experiences this season and then I gave up. But will bookmark this one for when I finally learn to pick them!

    1. oh no! hope you can get your hands on some good ones soon. i tend to pick ones that are smooth and unblemished, and bright orange. they should be pretty firm. that’s for fuyu (the very rounded looking ones), not hachiya (which are skinnier and have a point at the end of one). not quite sure how to pick a hachiya, but i’m sure you could find it online! or if you’re at a farmers’ market, the vendors are usually pretty helpful (:

  13. What a pretty cake! I love the idea of sweetening the cake with maple syrup. I wish I had a slice of this in front of me right now!

    1. thanks! i love the idea of using maple syrup too; it adds so much flavor and coziness, and makes the cake so nice and tender (:

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