So, now, my return to blogging with my first successful upside down cake! Without further ado...
Stacey's Peachy Plum Upside-Down Cake Ingredients:
1 1/4c sugar, organic
1c unbleached white flour, organic
1c whole wheat flour, organic
1/4c canola oil, organic
1/4c butter, salted, organic (1/2 a stick)
1c whole milk, organic
1 tbs vanilla bean paste
2 eggs, organic
1/4c lemon juice
Bottoming (since it's not really "topping?"):
1/2c dark brown sugar, organic
6 tbs butter
1 yellow peach
4 small plums
1 8x8" glass baking dish
1 loaf pan (I always end up making enough batter so I can leave some cake at home for sampling)
After preheating the oven to 350F, I prepared the "bottoming" ingredients. I microwaved the butter until it was soft, then mixed in the brown sugar so it was like a paste. I spread this in the bottom of the 8x8" baking dish.
Then I lined it with some of the fruit and made a little spiral design.
I put the remaining fruit in the loaf pan. I heated the oil, butter, milk, water, and vanilla bean paste in the microwave until the butter was melted and it was about 120F - fairly warm to the touch. I poured this into the dry ingredients. Once this was gently stirred in (careful not to overmix), I added the eggs and lemon juice and mixed that in too. I poured the batter over the fruit in both containers and stuck them in the oven. I baked the 8x8" for 40 minutes, and the loaf pan for 33 minutes.
Once it cooled a bit, I ran a knife around the edges of the 8x8" dish and put a plate on top of the dish. I inverted the dish and plate and the cake came out beautifully (too bad I only had my cell phone to take a picture).
I was pretty excited because I'd tried to make upside-down cakes a couple times before without much success. Sadly, the secret is more butter and sugar on the bottom, and making a paste out of it. My co-workers were pretty happy - I got some comments that it was nice that it's not super sweet, and that you can still taste the tartness of the fruit. I attribute that to the lemon juice in the batter. Cake was nice and moist too.