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Meyer Lemon Upside-Down Cake
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5 from 14 votes

Meyer Lemon Upside-Down Cake

This Meyer Lemon Upside-Down Cake is a wonderful combination of lemons, brown sugar and spiced cake. You know you've done this cake right when the lemons glisten like jewels when it comes out of the pan.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Cooling Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 447kcal


  • 9-inch round cake pan


  • 1/4 cup (57 grams) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup (165 grams) packed light brown sugar
  • 3 Meyer lemons sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 1/2 cups (195 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup (114 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. As the oven is heating, cut the butter into 4 pieces, place them in a 9-inch round cake pan and place the pan in the oven. Melt the butter until it just melted. With a pastry brush, brush the butter up the sides of the pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the butter. Layer the lemon slices on top of the brown sugar, overlapping the lemons.
  • Place the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, ginger and cardamom in a medium bowl and whisk until the ingredients are well combined, about 30 seconds.
  • Place the sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Zest the lemon on top of the sugar, until you have what looks like 2 teaspoons. Use your fingers to rub the zest in to the sugar. Add the butter and vanilla. Beat the butter and sugar mixture on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add one egg at a time, beating after each addition. Add half of the flour mixture and mix on low speed until well combined. There may be some flour on the sides of the bowl - that is okay. Add all the buttermilk and mix on medium speed until combined. Add the remaining flour and and mix on low speed. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix for another 10 seconds to ensure all the ingredients are well combined
  • Gently pour the batter over the sliced lemons and smooth the top with an offset spatula. Bake until a cake tester comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges to release the cake and invert it onto a platter.


Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 628IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg