As a kid I was always amazed at this cake. How did they make the pineapple fit into the cake? Did they push it down and then burn the top? If they did then why dint it fall off when you turned it over? Anyway childhood has passed and all things magical are now just like that show – ‘Great magic tricks revealed’ (Which I hate by the way – I think they’re killing the enigma!). So yeah… I finally figured it out. They lay out the pineapple, pour the cake batter in and bake it. Finally, they filp it over – Hence Upside-Down cake. Should have paid more attention to the linguistics, mind you … would have figured it out much much earlier. But when you’re young and starry eyed, life is just so so much more fun. (The previous sentence in no way implies I’m an old hag now…just so you know … :P)
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Prep time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 30-35 mins
Serves: 8 (or 4 if you’re greedy)
What you need:
60 gms Butter, softened
½ cup plus 2 Tbsp Brown sugar
4 slices of canned Pineapple rings (drained and juice reserved)
For the sponge:
½ cup Butter, softened
½ cup Sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1½ cups Flour
2½ tsp Baking powder
A pinch of salt
7in/18cm Cake pan (deep)
What to do:
Lightly butter the pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Cream together the butter and sugar and spread evenly over the parchment paper. Arrange the drained pineapple rings on top of the butter and sugar mixture. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 180°C.
To make the sponge, cream butter and sugar. Toss in the beaten eggs. Beat for 2 mins. Sift in the flour, salt and baking powder. Mix till just incorporated. Cut and fold technique. Spoon the batter on top of the pineapple rings and level the surface. Bake in the preheated over for 30-35 mins until the cake is well risen and springy to the touch. Invert the cake onto a warmed serving platter and serve at once.
P.S. That’s my beautiful Brown sugar…mmm….
@ Manisha – Brown Sugar available in Nilgiris. You can use regular sugar as well if you dont want the colour to be so dark on top. Also .. you're in luck .. the only oven I own is the Microwave Convection one..so all my recipes are adjusted to that!
Where can I find brown sugar in Bangalore? also, how can I bake this using the convection mode on my microwave? 🙂
@ Anonymous.. practice practice .. and mostly good light! 🙂
@ Pri … let me know how it turned out..
Ooh, looks so good! Gots to try!
I see the pichars getting better and better…
Thanks S… Save you a piece? 🙂
upside down cakes are a huge weakness with me. This one looks perfect.