I blame Chele at the Chocolate Teapot for this one. I don't think I would have thought of doing this in a million years - pineapple rings with cherries in the middle were the stuff of nightmares for me when I was a child. Well, I may be exaggerating a tad here, but pineapple upside down cake was not my favourite. However when I saw this, made with fresh pineapple, it got me interested. Then, whilst out shopping, I saw a half price pineapple which was just about perfectly ripe. What option did I have?
Here's how I did it:
- Dissolved 200g demerara sugar in a pan with 1/2 cup water and boiled for a few minutes until syrupy and golden.
- Took off the heat and stirred in 75g unsalted butter.
- Poured caramel into a 23cm cake thingie.
- Faffed around with a pineapple trying to skin and chop it into small segments - which I eventually achieved.
- Placed segments on top of the caramel.
- Melted 100g 85% cocoa with 125g unsalted butter.
- Beat 4 duck eggs with 225g vanilla sugar (you could use 1 tsp vanilla extract instead) for ages until really pale and thick.
- Poured in chocolate mixture and stirred to combine.
- Sieved in 170g flour (150g wholemeal spelt and 20g coconut flour) and 2 tsp baking powder then folded into mixture until just combined.
- Spooned mixture over the pineapple and baked at 160C for 50 mins.
I need not have worried, this cake was delicious - moist, sweet and pineapply. It was great as a dessert served warm from the oven with ice cream, but was equally good as cake the day after and the day after that!