Inspired by the Great British Bake Off – Pineapple Upside Down Cake

The fantastic Great British Bake Off has returned to our screens this past week, with a brand new batch of bakers trying to impress the lovely Mary Berry and feisty Paul Hollywood. For the last two series, I’ve been a passive viewer – sometimes drooling, sometime awe-inspired by what the amateur bakers are managing to achieve. The showstopper challenge still impresses me every time, particular as they draw near the end of the series.

Anyway, this time round, I thought I’d get more involved and bake something each week based on what the challenges were for the episode in question.

This first week’s options were:

  • Signature dish – Upside down cake
  • Technical challenge – Rum ba ba
  • Showstopper – A cake with something hidden inside

I’ve never heard of a rum ba ba, and I’ve only just about got to grips with a sponge cake, let alone hiding something inside it. So the choice for me was obvious, and I thought I’d go with the staple Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

Step 1 – Ingredients!

Step 2 – Layering the tin with pineapple and cherries. I didn’t really have a great tin, so I sort of improvised with a deep baking tray. Turned out alright in the end.

Step 3 – Mix together the rest of the ingredients to make the batter. Nigella (in her energy-saving ways) suggested a food-processor, but I couldn’t be bothered with that so I just mix, mix, mixed.

Step 4 – Batter on top of pineapples. I was surprised at how thin the layer of cake batter over the stuff was. I thought it was because I was using an odd-shaped tin, but Nigella says thin layer is right.

Step 5 – The underside got quite brown and it was in the oven for about ten minutes less than the recipe suggested. I was worried it was ruined and I’d have to try again, but once I turned it out it looked quite good!

Conclusion – Mmm. Personally, as much as I like pineapple, I wasn’t very sure about it in a cake setting. I also don’t really like cherries. However, putting all that aside, it was nice! The cake batter turned out moist and yet crunchy, quite crumbly and very more-ish. I like how quick and easy it was to make, and overall I’d say it was a success. I don’t think I’ll make a pineapple version again but I’m certainly more intrigued by the upside-down cake concept.

6 thoughts on “Inspired by the Great British Bake Off – Pineapple Upside Down Cake

  1. That looks amazing!! yummmm! I love pineapple upside down cake, but mum also does a really nice apple one (maybe worth trying next time if you aren’t so fond of pineapple and cherries?) The episode really opened my eyes to the different types of upside down cake you can do tho!

    I hope Mr C will be able to give you the appropriate ‘this is a good bake’ comments 🙂

    This show always inspires me to cook (and eat) cakes! It’s so nice to have it on our screens again, and even nicer that it’s inspiring you to do this and many more (i hope) blog posts! Maybe by the end of the series you’ll try the show stopper? 🙂

  2. Apple sounds good. I should stress that I do like pineapple otherwise I wouldn’t have made this, but upon eating, I wasn’t completely sure that it works in a cake situation. Apple, meanwhile, sounds perfect.

    Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep this up once a week until the series ends, but you never know! It’s exciting and nerve wracking at the same time, because I just know the bakes are going to get more complicated!!!

  3. ohh yeah i see how you mean, it’s a bit of an odd one really, pineapple and cake! Apple cake is one of my favourites, and apple upside down cake is equally nice.

    You should totally try and keep up with them, even if you simplify the ending recipes, I really wanted to try the showstopper but it seems very complicated! I love the idea though! Maybe one day 🙂

  4. Pineapple upside down cake really exists. *stunned*.

    The only time I have ever heard of it is on Dad’s Army where Mr Godfrey was always going on about his sister’s pineapple upside down cake. I thought it was just something the writers had made up.

  5. Pineapple upside down cake really exists. *stunned*.

    yeah! t’was the first upside down cake i ever tried! 🙂

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