Upside-Down Cakes: Beyond the Pineapple

Are upside-down cakes on their way back up?

Last week Melissa Clark at the New York Times confessed to being on an upside-down baking kick, inspired by her own recipe for upside-down caramel apple muffins, and she proposed a theory about why this style of cake is the best match for fruit.

She says fresh fruit baked inside the batter can sometimes release too much juice, leading to a mushy cake, and topping a baked cake with a compote doesn't deeply combine the flavors. But baking batter on top of a jammy layer of fresh fruit compote leads to a fuller integration of cake and fruit, not to mention a beautiful final presentation.

Read the article: Upside-Down Improv - New York Times

When you start playing around with fruit and cake combinations, the options are endless. Clark continued her upside-down streak with a plum polenta cake that sounds perfect for an early fall breakfast or mid-afternoon snack. Now that autumn fruit is showing up at the markets, we're thinking about coming up with our own seasonal upside-down cake combos, like apples with spice cake or pears with gingerbread.

Get the recipes:
Upside-Down Caramel-Apple Muffins - New York Times
Plum Polenta Upside-Down Cake - Melissa Clark

Are upside-down cakes a part of your repertoire? What are your favorite fruit and cake combinations?

Related: Blood Orange Polenta Upside-Down Cake

(Image: Faith Durand)

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