Sunday, May 3, 2009

Strawberry & Blueberry Upside Down Cake

Can someone PLEASE explain to Giz that the idea of a wedding registry is not so that my mother finally has a list of more kitchen items to go out and buy for me. I'm not trying to be ungrateful here. I just think other wedding guests should have a chance.

In other wedding news, vases have been ordered. Thank you for all of your suggestions! In the end, I delegated the task to my dad. Now we're just trying to figure out where to get reasonably priced flowers. We found one company, but it turns out it's a scam. Buyer beware - flower scam artists abound on the internet.

Now - on to the food portion...

You guys all know Bunny and Carol over at Bunny's Warm Oven, right? Bunny and Carol are friends who post together about their delicious cooked and baked goods. I'm certainly not hard done by, but when I see their posts, I start to daydream about dropping in for dinner (and dessert, of course).

I saw them post a Strawberry Upside Down Cake about a month and a half ago and knew I wanted to give a try with the addition of some lemon zest from my Meyer lemons.

This dish is being "sent" over to I'll Eat You's Blogiversary Bake Sale. Lauren's event is raising money for the World Food Program.

Here's the premise: Bloggers submit baked goods to the bake sale. It can be anything baked that you want since it doesn't have to travel well.

Readers (<--that's you, family, friends, co-workers, dogwalker, etc.) are then asked to donate to the WFP and mention your blog or recipe in the comments at the donation site. The donations are collected though this page (Firstgiving is a secure site that can be used to raise money for any nonprofit organization).

Whoever's baked good is associated with the most money raised by May 22 wins a prize package! Any contribution you can make (whether it is baking or donating) would be great.

For more information, visit I'll Eat You or the Bloggeraid: Changing the Face of Famine site.

Strawberry & Blueberry Upside Down Cake


2 Tablespoons butter (for the topping)
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup of Sliced Strawberries
1/3 Cup of blueberries
1 1/3 Cup All-Purpose Flour
2/3 Cup Sugar
zest of one lemon
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
2/3 Cup Milk
1/4 Soft Butter (for the cake)
1 Egg
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
9 inch round cake dish


Topping –

In a 9 inch round cake dish, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter, mix in the brown sugar, add the strawberries and blueberries, and then set it to the side.

Cake Mix –

In a mixing bowl stir the flour, sugar, and baking powder together. Then add the milk, butter, egg, and vanilla and lemon zest. Mix with a mixer until smooth. Then gently pour over the fruit in the cake pan. You may want to use a larger spoon. The key is for the fruit to stay on the bottom, and not to mix with the batter.

Baking/Serving –

Pre-Heat the oven to 350. Bake in the oven at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes. Check the middle of the cake with a toothpick or knife to see if it’s done. When done remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Then flip it over on to a serving plate, and remove the pan.

Verdict: When the cake first came out, I thought....oh oh - did I include too much fruit? I could even see the cake portion.

But, after cutting into it - the final result was excellent!

I took half of the cake to a potluck breakfast. Everyone really liked it. It's great for a brunch or an afternoon tea.



Lori Lynn said...

Love hearing the wedding plan updates.
P.S. I have to make an upside down cake, it's been years, this looks great!

Elra said...

Strawberry & Blueberry Upside Down Cake looks so scrumptious and beautiful.

I think you are pretty organize with your wedding plan. I would have gone insane...

OhioMom said...

I love the strawberries and blueberries on this cake! Now where did I put that fork :)

girlichef said...

What a gorgeous cake! It sounds so delicious and perfect for this time of year, too. This is such a great event and hopefully I remember to enter something into it. :)

Steph said...

I've always wanted to make an upside down cake! I never thought about a strawberry one before though. It looks delicious!

Pam said...

Yum. This is my kind of cake - it looks really taste.

kat said...

I'm having a good laugh about Giz buying everything on the registry

gaga said...

What a great event. Too bad I'm terrible at baking. Yours looks delicious!

Karen said...

Haha... I did the same thing with my daughter's wedding registry. I wanted to get her *everything*. Must have something to do with being a mom :)

doggybloggy said...

duh, I feel kinda' dumb - why cant other fruits be used in an upside down cake - it took your post to turn the light on....

That Girl said...

I never think that upside cakes are going to turn out as lovely as they do.

melissa said...

I'm so bad about cooking for a deadline or blog event, but I will try to keep this one in mind for you guys.

And GREAT job on the cake! It looks like a great accompaniment to an afternoon thing, just as you indicated.

Maria said...

The cake looks wonderful!
To answer your question about the orange glaze on the cookies: I never measure, just start with powdered sugar, add in zest and a little juice, whisk, if still to thick, add more juice. Just play with it until you are happy! thanks for visiting our blog!

Grace said...

so your mom likes to buy you things. is that so wrong? :)
meanwhile, what a terrific cake! it's beautiful and moist and i'm sure the strawberries and blueberries pair magically!

Ricardo said...

That looks divine and delicious such a nice upside down cake. loved it :) xx Rico-Recipes

Hopie said...

The bake sale is such a great idea. I'm a bit overwhelmed these days, but if I have a chance, I'll have to make something too! Also, hopefully Giz will calm down, but I can't really say I feel bad for you ;-) Oh no! Too many kitchen gadgets! hehe

Juliana said...

Your cake looks delicious...moist. Great idea!

Lori said...

That sounds delicious. Love those berries.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I just love experimenting with upside down cakes, and now I'm psyched to try berries!

elly said...

This looks beautiful and I'm sure it tastes delicious!

dessertobsessed said...

This cake looks SOOO goood! can't wait for your wedding!

dessertobsessed said...

This cake looks SOOO goood! can't wait for your wedding!

Psych Post Doc said...

Psychgrad, I made this for Mom's day brunch last weekend and it was a HUGE hit. It just so happened to be my Father In Law's birthday and he has now requested this recipe as his birthday cake from here on out. :)

Thanks for sharing.