Monday, April 20, 2009

Pineapple-Mango Upside-Down Cake

For Easter, I tried out the pineapple-mango upside-down cake recipe in Martha’s “Baking Handbook.” It was a hit! I followed the recipe with a few small substitutions:

-- I was out of parchment paper so I skipped that step, but the cake turned out fine.
-- I didn’t have an appropriately sized round cookie cutter, so I used a heart-shaped one instead. I considered using a bunny-shaped one for Easter, but thought that might be a bit much!
-- I had some fat-free sour cream on hand that was close to going bad, so I used that. Since the amount of sour cream called for was so small, I figured that would be fine.

The cake turned out so pretty! I would definitely recommend this recipe for a sweet springtime treat.

1 ¼ sticks unsalted butter (plus more for pan)
1 medium ripe pineapple peeled and cut crosswise into ¼-inch-think slices
1 medium ripe mango peeled
½ cup packed light-brown sugar
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ cup sour cream

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter an 8-by-8-by-2-inch cake pan, line it with parchment paper, and butter parchment. Using a 3-inch cookie cutter, cut out the centers of each of the four rounds, and discard; set rings aside. Finely chop enough of the remaining pineapple to yield 1 cup (reserve remainder for another use). Place chopped fruit in a fine sieve set over a bowl to drain.

Cut the mango lengthwise into ¼-inch-think slices. Using the 1 ½-inch cookie cutter, cut out four rounds from mango slice; set aside. Finely chop enough of the remaining mango to yield ½ cup; add to the pineapple in the sieve.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat 2 tablespoons butter with the brown sugar until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a small offset spatula, evenly spread butter mixture in the bottom of the prepared pan; set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder; set aside. Place a reserved pineapple ring in each corner of the prepared pan. Place a reserved mango round in the center of each ring.

In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat remaining 1 stick butter with granulated sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition; scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla. With the mixer on lowest speed, add flour mixture in two parts, alternating with sour cream and beginning and ending with flour.

Transfer the chopped pineapple-mango mixture to cake pan; discard juice. Using a small offset spatula, carefully spread fruit in an even layer on top of cut-out fruit, making sure to fill all the empty spaces, including any gaps in the corners. Using the offset spatula, spread batter evenly over fruit.

Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until cake is golden brown and cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool 30 minutes. Invert onto a cake plate; peel off the parchment paper. Serve cake slightly warm or at room temperature.


We Are Not Martha said...

I LOVE the way the hearts look!! So pretty... Nice job :)


Marta said...

Martha IS the Queen of All Things.
I love your blog, it's so cool! And the name is great! And this cake looks amazingly moist and tropical, let me get my hands on some mangoes this weekend so I can try it!

CookiePie said...

omg - I LOVE upside-down cake, and love the hearts on yours! What a fantastic treat!!

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Aww the heart shapes are so cute! This looks delish, of course!