Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Total Time:
2 hr 10 min
Prep:
40 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
1 hr

Yield:
1 (10-inch) cake
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Pineapple Caramel:
  • 5 1/4 ounces fresh pineapple, coarsely chopped, plus 1 small ripe Golden pineapple, peeled, cored, sliced crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices and each slice cut in 1/2
  • 5 1/4 ounces granulated sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Pinch chile de arbol powder
  • For the cake:
  • 5 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 300 grams granulated sugar (1 1/4 cups plus 3 tablespoons)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 165 grams cake flour (1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons)
  • 115 grams fine yellow cornmeal (3/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
Directions
Pineapple Caramel:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Put the chopped pineapple in a baking dish, cover with foil and roast in the oven until soft and lightly golden brown. Leave the oven at 350 degrees F.

Put the sugar, vanilla bean and 1/2 cup of water in a medium saucepan and cook over high heat until it turns a light caramel. Add the chopped pineapple, cream, salt and arbol and cook until slightly reduced. Let cool for about 5 minutes before adding it to a blender. Remove the vanilla bean, then carefully transfer the mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Strain through a medium mesh strainer into a bowl. Return the mixture to the saucepan and reduce it to a sauce consistency. Pour the caramel into a seasoned 10-inch cast iron pan and let cool slightly. Arrange the pineapple slices on top of the caramel and set aside.

For the cake:

Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl once. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating until each is incorporated.

Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl until combined. Whisk together the buttermilk, sour cream, rum, vanilla extract and vanilla seeds in a measuring cup. Alternate the dry and wet ingredients starting and ending with the flour and mix until just combined, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl. Pour the batter over the pineapple in the cast iron pan and bake until the top is lightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 30 to 40 minutes. Cool on a baking rack for 10 minutes, then invert onto a large platter. Let cool for 30 minutes before serving.


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