An upside-down cake is a cake usually made in a pan with a curved bottom. Once cooked, turned over and allowed to set, the cake eaten upside-down. Usually, chopped fruits such as apples, pineapples and cherries are placed at the bottom of the pan before the batter is poured in, so that they form a decorative topping once the cake is inverted.
I adapted this recipe from Emeril Lagasse at Food Network. After trying with so many recipes, I love Emeril recipe the most. His cake comes out so fluffy and the taste was delicous :P
1/2 ripe medium pineapple, peeled, cored, eyes removed and sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
( about 4 or 5 slices )
3/4 cup ( 1 1/2 sticks ) unsalted butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar
14 pecan halves
1 cup cake flour ( not self-rising)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup granulated sugar ( I only used 1/2 cup if you like it less sweet )
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp dark rum
4 fresh, halved and pits removed ( I used can cherries with juices )
1. Melt 4 tbsp of the butter in a 10-inch cast iron skillet, over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and stir to combine. Increased the heat to medium high and cook until the sugar mixture is bubbly, about 2 minutes. Arrange pineapple slices in the skillet in a pleasing pattern and continue to cook for 2 minutes, or until the sugar mixture turns an amber color. Turn the pineapple slices over and remove the pan from the heat. The mixture will continue to cook even though the heat is off. Arrange the pecan halves in the spaces between the rings. Set aside to cool slightly.
2. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
3. Stir together the flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the remaining 1/2 cup butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, mixing just until incorporated. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk alternately in 3 batches, mixing at low speed after each addition until just combined. Stir in the vanilla and rum.
5. Spoon the batter evenly over the pineapple slices in the skillet. Bake in the middle of the oven until golden brown and a tester comes out clean, about 35 to 45 minutes.
6. Cool the cake in the skillet on a wire rack for 4 minutes only. Run a thin knife around the edge of the cake and, wearing oven mitts and working quickly, invert the cake onto a cake place, keeping plate and skillet firmly pressed together. Carefully lift the skillet off the cake and replace any fruit stuck to the bottom of the skillet, if necessary. Arrange the fresh cherry halves, cut side down, into the top of the cake, in the center of the pineapple rings.
Serve cake warm or at room temperature