U Is for Ugly Upside-down Cake

Snacks that start with U - Ugly Upside-down Peach Cake

Ugly Upside-down Peach Cake may not be the prettiest snack in the ABC Snacks Series, but it’s definitely one of the sweetest. And with only four ingredients and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, it’s also one of the easiest.

Ugly Upside-down Peach Cake is a kid-friendly recipe that you and your preschooler will both love.

The recipe will make a 9” x 13” cake, so this is a snack you’ll be able to share with the whole family. Or better yet, have a party and make it with a few of your friends!

If you have a pile of preschoolers to entertain, we’ve got some other ABC Snack recipes you might like to try! These recipes are perfect for a crowd: Wiggly Worm Trail Mix, Cheesy Mac Bites, Zany Zucchini Muffins, Lickety-Split Lemonade Squares, and Nutty Apple Nachos.

Children adding cake mix

Ugly Upside-down Peach Cake

Print Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need to make one 9” x 13” upside-down cake:

  • 2 15-ounce cans of peaches in heavy syrup
  • 1 packaged yellow cake mix
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


The recipe depends on the syrup in the canned fruit, so fresh fruit cannot be substituted.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Pour peaches and syrup into a 9” x 13” baking pan.
  3. Cover peaches with dry cake mix. Press cake mix firmly onto peaches.
  4. Cut butter into small pieces and distribute evenly over dry cake mix.
  5. Sprinkle top with cinnamon.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes.


  • Try other canned fruits like blueberries, pears, or apple pie filling.

Adapted from AllRecipes.com

Child sprinkling cinnamon

Teaching Tips

  • As you and your child make the cake, practice saying /ŭ/–/ŭ/–ugly upside-down together.
  • Make a list of all the words you can think of that start with the sound of /ŭ/.
  • While you eat your peach upside-down cake, read Peach Heaven, a book about a little girl from South Korea who loves peaches.
  • Download ABC Snacks: Tips for Working on Pre-Reading Skills for more teaching tips.

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