Starfruit (Carambola) Upside Down Cake With Cake Mix

Total Time
1hr 12mins
Prep 12 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is a cheater's short cut as it uses a cake mix. However what is special is the addition of pudding and a bunch of eggs. It is rich and tasty.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Topping

  • 5 star fruit, ribs and ends trimmed then slice 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 12 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • Cake

  • 1 signature pineapple supreme cake mix (Yellow will do, if you use that add pineapple and use pineapple juice instead of water)
  • 1 (3 1/2 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 12 cup vegetable oil (I use canola)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Bring sugar and water to a gentle boil in a wide (12 inch or more) saute pan. Add the star fruit in a single layer and allow to simmer for 5 minutes, turning over halfway.
  3. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain in a large sieve or paper towels.
  4. Melt butter over a low heat in a 12 inch cast iron skillet or other oven proof pan with a handle.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Stir in the brown sugar and spread it to evenly cover the bottom of the skillet.
  7. Arrange the star fruit in a single layer on the brown sugar/butter mix.
  8. Combine the cake mix, pudding mis, eggs, water and oil. Beat for 2 minutes.
  9. Pour batter gently over the star fruit and bake in the center of the oven for an hour or until toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Invert over a serving plate as soon as the cake comes out of th oven.