Sunday, September 02, 2012

The mouth watering Pineapple Upside Down Cake

This is one of my all-time favourite cakes. Fell in love with it when my mom made it years back. Since them i'm still in love with it.

1 cup (approx 250 gms) brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 can Del Monte pineapple slices

1.5 cups all-purpose flour
6 tablespoon cake flour
6 tablespoon ground almonds
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1.75 cups of sugar
1 cup butter at room temperature
4 eggs
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sour cream

Its good to start by making the caramel topping. Take the brown sugar and butter and melt in together in a pan on medium fire until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is bubbles. This should take several minutes. Don't stir after the sugar melts. Simply pour the mixture into a 10 inch diameter non-stick cake pan with 2 inch high sides. This would allow the mixture to settle well. Arrange the pineapple slices in a single layer on top of the caramel mixture.

Preheat the oven to 162 degrees C. In the meantime mix the flours, almonds, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the sugar and butter together until its fluid. If you have an electric mixer it could get the job done easily. Add the eggs one at a time, beating the mixture after each addition. Add the vanilla. Now put in the dry ingredients alternately with sour cream in 2 additions each, beating well after each addition. Pour cake batter over caramel and the pineapple in a pan.

Bake the cake for about 1 hour to 75 minutes. Cool the cake in a pan for 10 minutes. Turn the cake out onto a platter. You may take a couple of minutes and admire the sight :). Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 12 to 14 servings. Be lavish in your servings. Cutting small slices will break the cake into improper pieces.

If you have some time and wish to innovate you could try your hand at making a different topping depending on preference. The addition of a bit of chocolate takes the taste to a whole new level. Adding cherries with the pineapples improves the presentation.

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