I baked a birthday cake for Jolie, and hubby requested that it be pineapple upside down cake. Rather unusual choice, but I've never had this cake before, so why not give it a try? I chose Nigella's version because she says it's totally fine to use canned pineapples. Martha Stewart's recipe is hardcore - peel and slice your own pineapple! Sorry, but I'm never in the mood for that.
Anyway, Nigella's recipe is (once again) terrific. This was so easy - barely 15 minutes of prep, 30 minutes oventime, and you have delicious cake! The red and green cherries double up as a festive Christmas accent.
Here's the recipe which you can find in her Nigella Express book, or on her lovely redesigned website. I used an ordinary 22cm cake tin. As I have no food processor, I simply softened the butter in a saucepot (on low heat) and mixed all the ingredients together. It works fine.
butter for greasing
2 x 15ml tablespoons sugar
6 slices pineapple from a 425g can, plus 3 x 15ml tablespoons of the juice
11 glacé cherries, approx. 75g total weight
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
100g soft butter
100g caster sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Butter a tarte Tatin tin (24cm wide at the top and 20cm diameter at the bottom) or use a 23cm cake tin (neither loose-bottomed nor springform).
2. Sprinkle the 2 tablespoons of sugar on top of the buttered base, and then arrange the pineapple slices to make a circular pattern as in the picture.
3. Fill each pineapple ring with a glacé cherry, and then dot one in each of the spaces in between.
4. Put the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, butter, caster sugar and eggs into a food processor and run the motor until the batter is smooth. Then pour in the 3 tablespoons of pineapple juice to thin it a little.
5. Pour this mixture carefully over the cherry-studded pineapple rings; it will only just cover it, so spread it out gently.
6. Bake for 30 minutes, then ease a spatula around the edge of the tin, place a plate on top and, with one deft – ha! – move, turn it upside-down.