Blue Sunday - Peach & Raspberry Upside Down Cake
As you may know, May is M.E awareness month, 11-17th is M.E. awareness week & the 12th is M.E. awareness day (yes it is ridiculous but we've earned it, since there is NO awareness of the reality of M.E. hence the bullsh*t things people say to those with M.E. )
Anyway Anna of M.E. myself and I is doing a fundraiser that is not only super cool but quintessentially English....a virtual tea party. You sit/lay down in you own home & comfortably enjoy tea & cakes with or without your friends/family & donate what you would have spent at a café to the M.E. association via this just giving link.
For my cake I made this peach & raspberry upside-down cake that I made last week & was eaten inside of a day. I made it again yesterday & the first cake is already gone!
The recipe makes two cakes in the tins I have (which are, I think, 8 cm diameter shallow cake pans...) but you can adapt it to fit whichever cake tins/skillets you have. I wouldn't recommend using a spring-form pan as your caramel would leak out & it would defeat the upside down nature of the cake.
A quick note before you start, for the bottom of the cake you make a caramel. Whatever I did to mine it ended up separate-y & kind of grainy. If yours does the same, don't even worry about it, it bakes just fine & tastes amazing.
|My Caramel mess....|
Also, look how pretty my fruit was before it became a cake
and how it looked after....
So the point I'm making is even if you just throw the fruit on...no-one is going to notice.
Peach, Raspberry Upside-Down Cake
60g unsalted butter
150g soft brown sugar
4 peaches, peeled & sliced
2 handfuls of raspberries
150g unsalted butter, at room temperature
170g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond essence
220g plain flour
100g ground almonds
2 tsps. baking powder
190ml whole milk
Placing a pan over a medium heat first melt in the butter then the sugar.
Pour the caramel into the bottom of your cake pans trying to smooth it into the corners as much as possible.
Place over the fruit
Pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 4/350F/180C
Whilst the oven is heating beat the butter & sugar together until light & fluffy. Then beat in the extracts & the eggs until fully combined.
In a separate bowl mix together the dry ingredients then mix half of the dry into the butter/egg mixture.
Pour in the milk & then mix in the remaining dry ingredients.
Split the batter over the two cakes making sure to get it all the way up to the edges.
Place the cakes in the oven for 45-60 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven & allow to cool for 20 minutes before CAREFULLY tipping out onto a plate making sure not to burn yourself with any of the hot caramel.
I served this with a bowl of whipped mascarpone cream (mascarpone, 2 tsp sugar, a little bit of milk...whip) but it goes with basically anything.
Enjoy warm or cold
Happy Blue Sunday