August 9, 2009

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

This is one cake I've made many times over. It is supposed to be the one cake that Appa loves. For some reason, I always remembered this recipe as being extremely complicated. It had been a while since I baked this last. At least 7 or 8 years, if I remember right. For years, I followed the recipe that Tarla Dalal's book, "The Pleasures of Vegetarian Cooking" carries. This afternoon, I used my own recipe, but followed her method.

My friend had bought a can of pineapple slices and had been after me to make this Pineapple Upside Down Cake for a few weeks now. Finally, the muhurtam for this cake came today. After an elaborate lunch of mixed vegetable sambar, cluster beans curry and zucchini kootu, we set out to make the cake. I don't know if it is just that I've baked a lot more in the last 2-3 years or if I interpreted the recipe differently earlier. Even the "original" recipe didn't seem very complicated today.

My friend's 5 year old helped me by breaking the eggs into the bowl, helping hold my hand mixer while I mixed the batter and later, she placed the cherries decoratively after some deliberation about where all the candied cherries could be placed.

Here is the recipe:

4 slices Canned Pineapple

Candied Cherries for Decroration

4 tbsp Golden Syrup

1 cup Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 tsp Baking Soda
a Pinch of Salt
1/2 cup Milk

1/4 cup Oil
1/2 tsp Pineapple Essence
1 Egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 400F (200 C).

Prepare an 8 inch square cake tin by greasing it and dusting it with flour. Arrange the pineapple slices and the cherries decoratively in the tin. Pour the golden syrup over the slices, making sure that the entire base of the tin is covere

Sift the flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a mixing bowl, add the egg, milk, sugar, oil, and pineapple essence. Beat well together. Add the flour mixture to this and blend well.

Pour the batter over the pineapple slices. Bake for 30 minutes or until a knife/skewer, inserted into the centre of the cake, comes out clean.

Cool the cake and transfer the cake onto a plate. Cut into slices and enjoy! My dear friend's daughter Dhwani turns three today. This little cake is being sent to the Netherlands through this blog just so she can enjoy it today. Happy Birthday Dhwani.


Priya said...

My favourite, looks fabulous!

Chitra said...

arundhati: how sweet of you. thanks a tonne for the yummy cake. Dhwani papa sends her hugs & kisses to A periamma & S periappa.
Lots of love all the way from netherlands.

WinnyNinny PooPoo said...

Beautiful and delicious looking too!!! I am going to try this soon. Thank you for sharing!

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Looks fabulous and tempting.

Dear Raaga, please participate in A.W.E.D German going on in my blog.

Pavani said...

Hi Raaga, As per the rules, I should be leaving you a comment about the award, but you beat me. :-D. Please accept the Kreativ Blogger award on my blog.Thanks.
Pineapple upside down cake is one of my favorite cakes. It looks delicious.

Chitra said...

Looks delish :)

Nags said...

U are so right about old recpes not seeming daunting later on. I felt the same about a layered cake i used to make before but find much simpler now!

Raaga said...

@Priya: Thanks :)

@Dhwani and Chitra: Pleasure's entirely mine. Thanks!

@Winny: I shall wait to hear from you!

@Lakshmi: I shall try for sure :)

@Pavani: Thanks :)

@Chitra: Thanks :)

@Nags: Yeah... I totally agree... I think it just be the fact that we make something more often now!

Lisa said...

This brings back memories! My mom used to make a pineapple upside cake that I just loved. One of her signature desserts in fact.

Mythreyi Dilip said...

This recipe is one my favourite, looks yummy dear!

Bergamot said...

upside down cakes are always amazingly the way you placed the fruit.

Divya Kudua said...

I love LOVE love Pineapple upside down cake..:).I've tried an eggless to try your recipe now since your baking recipes ALWAYS give me great results..:)

vaskrith said...

wow... I jus go crazy for pineapple cakes. they r sooo delicious :)

- vaskrith

Mriganayani said...

This looks so good - I'm sure it tasted very good too. You have a nice space here!

And btw - I've seen your picture on fb! You are a friend of Anand and Chandrasekhar - they are both my friend too - Andy and I did MBA together and Chandra was a year senior to us! Small world!

Swati Raman Garg said...

wowwww.... this is one cake i loveeee... but am so scared to try... just 2 bakes pehle i have control over my oven, ki bottom na jale... i guess iam ready to give it a shot! ... thankus for reminding .. hugs .. :)