Sunday, 2 April 2006

Weekend Baking Session # 6

I had a punnet of strawberries in my fridge. Got to use them soon or they will get rotten. So many ideas came to my mind. As I have never baked an upside down cake, I decided to bake it.

Pineapples, cherries and blueberries are the famous upside down cakes. Strawberries are rather infamous. I am glad to introduce strawberries to this type of cake.

For this weekend, I want to be fair to all the vegetarians. Weekend Baking Session has always been non veg. So, this edition of WBS is a dedication to all the vegetarians out there. Special dedication to a beautiful young lady in Chennai, India who is also a vegetarian.

Strawberry Chocolate Upside Down Cake

What do we need:



500g strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice



1 cup bread flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
a pinch of salt

2/3 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vinegar

How do we do it:

Hull and wash the strawberries. On a medium heat, cook them with sugar and lemon juice until the strawberries are soft and liquid is thick. Set aside.


Strawberries, before cooking


Strawberries, after cooking


Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Stir and make a well in the centre. Pour the melted butter, milk and vinegar into the well. Stir to mix thoroughly.

Place the cooked strawberries at the bottom of an ungreased baking pan. Pour the cake batter onto it. Bake in a preheated oven at 180° C for about 35-40 minutes or until skewer inserted comes out clean. Invert the cake onto a serving plate when the cake is still warm.





Serve strawberry chocolate upside down cake warm with a dollop of whipping cream.

25 comments:

sailu said...

Pushpa,the other day I noted a Shammi's starwberry cake recipe and now with this simple recipe of yours and a yummy looking one at that,I really am going to be cooking a lot of strawberries this week..:).
Delicious looking cake!

culinary said...

delicious strawberries...drooling..

Santhi said...

you have AWESOME baking capabilities pushpa..Kudos to you..

BTW I added u to my blogroll.

Garam Masala said...

Wow... that cake looks delicious! You have an excellent hand at baking!

Shalini said...

thx a bunch... it looks awesome... will post it as soon as i try it...

Puspha said...

Sailu: Thank u. Yeah, I saw Shammi's strawberry crumble cake. Waiting to c ur strawberry postings in ur blog.

Marge: Thank u.

Santhi: Thank u very much for the compliments & for adding me in ur blogroll.

GM: I think, itz not the hand but passion. Thank u.

Shalini: Ur mostly welcome dear. Thank u. Let me know how u like the cake.

Sarah said...

it look greatttttttttt.. Making it tonite.

Luv2cook said...

Puspha:

The cake looks delish (Rachael Ray style). I love anything berries. Cannot wait for "good" strawberries to get into town so I can bake this :)

BDSN said...

Wish i could have a bite...gr8!!recipe..

Kitchenmate said...

Pushpa: Cake looks delicious and too yummy to resist:)

Shilpa said...

Wow..That looks soo great. I love strawberry. I am recently learning to make cakes. I will try this soon....

Puspha said...

Sarah: Nanni. Waiting for the cake to appear in ur blog.

luv2cook: Thank u.

bdsn: Many thanx.

Karthi: Rombe nandri :)

Shilpa: Welcome to my blog. Thanx. Great to know bout ur interest in baking. Do let me know how u like the cake.

Saffron said...

Pushpa, lovely idea! the cake looks scrumptious!!! good job!

cheers!

Puspha said...

SH: Thank u very much.

archana said...

That looks yummy Pushpa

Nabeela said...

I'm making this cake right now...the strawberry syrup we made tastes just like the jam I made the other day...I'm so eager to see how the cake turns out!!

Puspha said...

Nabeela~ Welcome to my blog. Very pleased to know tat something is trying out my recipe. Please let me know how u like it.

Nabeela said...

Oh Pushpa, I don't what went wrong! The cake came out all mushy..and I couldn't invert it...it kept breaking off...and I followed the recipe exaclty and baked it for 40 mins...but I'm not giving up so easily...I'll try again sometime this summer...this cake came out more like a tart..

Puspha said...

Nabeela~ Bake for 40 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Did u use a skewer?
I hope u'll succeed the next time. Let me know how it turned out, ok? Good luck to u.

Nabeela said...

Yup, I used a skewer..it came out clean...in fact I might even have overcooked the cake..because it was a little hard...but the mushy part was the strawberry....it bubbled up and broke through in places...can you tell me how long to cook the strawberry?..I'm starting to think the strawberries were the problem...maybe i should have cooked them till they were very very dry...

Puspha said...

Yes, ur rite. The strawberries r the culprit. Actually, this happens coz the s'berry topping is very hot. But after turning it over & letting it to cool, it will look perfect. Even I also had the same problem, initially but then, practice makes perfect. U can substitute the strawberries with other fruits if u want to. Anyway, good luck to u in ur next trial.

Nabeela said...

Thanks for clearing my doubts Pushpa...I'll definitely try out this cake with other fruits...I have something like four varities of fruits at home right now...I went crazy this week-end and bought all kinds of fruits...at least that's better than buying junk food like crazy...:P

Puspha said...

Nabeela~ Good on u & do keep trying. wish u all the luck.

Cynthia O said...

Hi there, i really cant wait to try out your recipe,but alas,there's no strawberries in the supermarts now.. ;( just one question, at which point do i add the 1/3 cup of sugar? thank you so much for your time! keep those yummy recipes coming,wishing u and your family good health! happy baking!

Vikas Nayar said...

Yummy! Strawberry cake, it's my favourite. I am recently joining professional baking classes in mumbai & now eager to make this delicious Strawberry cake

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