Whatever Upside Down Cake
Here is another great recipe from 2 Dudes One Pan cookbook.
They call it a "whatever upside down cake", because you can use whatever fruit you like.
Don't think this is just a casual cake because of its name, it is really special, and one of the best summer cakes I have ever made. No kidding.
I used gorgeous ripe plums and threw in some fresh figs for good luck.
I will say this cake was time consuming and used more sugar and butter than I would usually choose in a baking recipe, but it does make a huge cake, and will feed a crowd.
I modified the recipe a bit for lazy people (I did NOT beat the egg whites seperately), and I substituted buttermilk (because I had some leftover) for the whole milk.
"Whatever" Upside Down Cake: (from 2 Dudes One Pan):
For the fruit bottom:
1 cup of brown sugar
one stick of butter
Melt the butter and sugar together (I melted them together in a glass measuring cup in the microwave, as the recipe suggested). Stir together until the sugar is melted into the butter and totally dissolved
I used 3 plums, peeled and sliced thin
and 2 fresh figs, sliced
Butter a 9 x 13 glass Pyrex pan and pour your brown sugar butter mixture on the bottom of the pan.
Place your fruit slices on this brown liquid and set aside.
For the batter:
2 cups flour
2 tsp of baking powder
1/4 cup cornmeal
1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
1 stick of butter (yes, this is the second stick, you read it right)
6 eggs (yup, I said six eggs)
2 tbsp vanilla
1 cup of buttermilk
Mix your dry ingredients in a bowl and put them aside.
In a large bowl, beat your 6 eggs, butter, sugar and vanilla together and add buttermilk at the end. Incorporate this well to make a pancake like batter.
Gently tranfer the batter to the baking dish and spread it evenly over the fruit.
Bake at 350F for 50-60 minutes until the cake springs back from light pressure.
Cool in pan for 10 minutes then run a paring knife around the edges.
Place a serving platter on top of the cake (THIS IS THE TRICKY PART!), and carefully flip the cake, shaking the pan to release it.
Me Love This Cake.