Caribbean upside-down cake

Caribbean upside-down cake
The dominant flavours in this cake are pineapple and almonds. The pineapple is caramelized first separately, with brown sugar and lime, before being laid in the bottom of the tin. The cake batter is then poured over.

The cooked cake is turned out to reveal the lovely golden pineapple layer on top a moist almond cake.
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Last modified on: December 30th 2019

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 3 min.
Caribbean upside-down cake

Prepare the tin or mould

Use a springform tin if you have one, about 9 inches (23 cm) in diameter.

Line the bottom with a circle of cooking parchment.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
Caribbean upside-down cake

Caramelize the pineapple

Peel 1 Pineapples, cut into fairly thick slices and remove the hard central core.

Stage 3
Caribbean upside-down cake
Cut the pineapple slices in half.

Using a non-stick frying pan, melt 20 g butter on high heat, then add 50 g brown sugar.

Lay the pineapple pieces on top and caramelize...

Stage 4 - 10 min.
Caribbean upside-down cake
...on both sides.

Stage 5 - 1 min.
Caribbean upside-down cake
When nearly done, add the juice of ½ lime and leave to reduce for a minute or two.

Stage 6 - 4 min.
Caribbean upside-down cake
Arrange the pinapple slices flat in the bottom of the tin or mould so that they do not overlap.

Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).

Stage 7 - 5 min.
Caribbean upside-down cake

Prepare the cake batter

Put 6 Eggs and 100 g brown sugar into a food-mixer bowl. Beat until the mixture is pale.

Stage 8 - 2 min.
Caribbean upside-down cake
Sieve 200 g flour and 1 teaspoon baking powder on top; add 100 g ground almonds.

Stage 9 - 2 min.
Caribbean upside-down cake
Fold the dry ingredients gently into the egg white using a soft spatula.

Stage 10 - 2 min.
Caribbean upside-down cake
Finish by adding the melted 180 g butter once it has cooled. Fold this in gently.

Stage 11 - 1 min.
Caribbean upside-down cake
Pour the mixture into the tin or mould on top of the pineapple.

Stage 12 - 30 min.
Caribbean upside-down cake
Bake for about 30 minutes.

Check to see if the cake is cooked before taking it out of the oven.

Stage 13 - 2 min.
Caribbean upside-down cake
Turn the cake out onto its serving plate as soon as it comes out of the oven. Remove the paper from the top and leave to cool before serving.
If this is to be an "adult" cake (that no children will be eating - whatever else were you thinking?!), you can also add 2 tablespoonsful of rum with the lime in stage 5.

If you would like a syrup to serve with the cake, after taking the pineapple out of the pan, deglaze it with 2 glasses of pineapple juice + the juice of a lime. Leave this to thicken on low heat. Serve in a sauce boat, preferably hot or warm.
Several days in the fridge.
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Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
4,865 Kcal or 20,369 Kj76 gr562 gr257 gr
243 %29 %53 %39 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
162 Kcal or 678 Kj3 gr19 gr9 gr
8 %1 %2 %1 %
Per cake
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
4,865 Kcal or 20,369 Kj76 gr562 gr257 gr
243 %29 %53 %39 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Milk, Egg, Gluten, Nuts
How much will it cost?
  • For 1 cake : 6.94 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
FlourFlour: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: How to succeed in making sabayon (syllabub), Grated potato cakes, X-Files cookies, Lobster Thermidor, Rabbit civet "à la normande", ... All
Ground almondsGround almonds: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Sicilian Epiphany Pie, Amiens macaroons, Chocolate almond cookies, Strawberry and rhubarb crumble, Croute à thé, ... All
Brown sugarBrown sugar: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Chocolate cereal bars, Chocolate cake, Tyrolean apple crumble, Chaud-froid of grapefruit, pineapple and lime custard , Little lemon biscuits, ... All
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