Pumpkin-Nut Upside-Down Cake

You only need 20 minutes to pull this delicious nutty, sweet, and warm-spiced pumpkin cake together.

overhead view of squares of pumpkin cake covered with nuts
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
35 mins
Cool Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins


  • ¼ cup butter

  • 1 cup almonds, pecans, and/or walnuts, coarsely chopped

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoon hazelnut liqueur

  • 1 ⅓ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  • 1 ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place butter and nuts in a 9-inch square or round baking pan. Toast in oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Stir in brown sugar and liqueur. Spread mixture evenly in pan. Chill 5 minutes.

  2. For cake, in a large bowl whisk together next five ingredients (through salt). In a medium bowl whisk together granulated sugar, oil, eggs, and pumpkin. Add to flour mixture, whisking until smooth. Spoon batter over nut mixture in pan, starting along the edges and working toward the center; spread evenly.

  3. Bake about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Loosen sides of cake and invert onto a serving platter. Cool slightly before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

335 Calories
18g Fat
40g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 335
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 247mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0.9mg 5%
Calcium 71mg 5%
Iron 1.5mg 8%
Potassium 141mg 3%
Folate, total 35.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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