Pineapple-Curry Upside-Down Cake

upside-down cake

Madras curry and candied ginger give a little heat to balance out the sweet pineapple in this tropical twist on a traditional upside-down cake.

Pineapple-Curry Upside-Down Cake
Makes 1 (10-inch) cake
  • 1 (3-ounce) package (86 grams) candied ginger, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup (170 grams) butter, divided
  • ⅓ cup honey, divided
  • ½ teaspoon (1 gram) madras curry powder
  • ½ fresh pineapple, cored and sliced
  • 2¼ cups (281 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons (10 grams) baking powder
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, cook ginger, ½ cup (113 grams) butter, and 3 tablespoons honey over medium heat, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to a large bowl, reserving 2 tablespoons mixture in skillet.
  2. Add curry, remaining 2⅓ tablespoons honey, and remaining ¼ cup (57 grams) butter to pan, and cook until bubbly. Remove from heat; arrange pineapple in a pinwheel fashion around pan.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder. To ginger mixture, add sugar, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add flour mixture to ginger mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Spoon over pineapple, using a spatula to smooth batter to edges of skillet.
  4. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 28 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Invert cake onto a serving plate. Drizzle with remaining syrup from pan, and serve warm.


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