Chocolate Chip-Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Tips: I dont know why chocolate and pineapple have
seemed such an unlikely pair to me in the past; the truth is, they
go together very well. I have also used canned mandarin oranges
(both by themselves and in combination with the pineapple rings)
with great success here, and Im sure canned pears or apricot
halves would work, too; whatever you use, the fruit must be well-drained
(reserve a little of the syrup/juice for the topping). The brown
sugar you use must be soft and fresh. This dessert is best served
warm from the oven, although I have kept it overnight and reheated
it quickly in the microwave at medium power with decent results.
Fun for a special brunch or tea, and great for those times when
youre looking for a baking project the kids can help with.
- 5 canned pineapple rings in pineapple juice, well-drained (reserve
the juice) OR other fruit
- 5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into slices
- 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp. reserved pineapple juice
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- Pinch salt
- 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
- 2 eggs, graded large
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/3 cup corn oil
For Serving: Lightly sweetened whipped cream OR good vanilla
Adjust rack to center of oven; preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use
a 9 inch round layer pan for this cake, at least 1-3/4 inches deep
(do not grease the pan). Slice 4 of the pineapple rings in half
to make 8 half-circles. Place the whole pineapple slice in the center
of the pan, then place the 8 half-circles pinwheel-fashion around
the whole slice. If desired, place some pecan halves between the
spokes of the pinwheel, flat sides up.
For Topping: In 1 quart, heavy-bottomed, nonreactive pot,
melt butter over low heat. Add brown sugar; increase heat to medium.
Stir mixture over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes, scraping pot sides
and bottom with rubber spatula occasionally; mixture will resemble
wet sand. Add pineapple juice and stir in; continue stirring just
until mixture reaches a simmer. Remove from heat. Slowly pour on
top of pineapple arrangement in pan bottom; topping may not cover
pineapple slices entirely--OK.
For Cake: Into medium bowl, sift together flour, baking
powder, and salt. Blend well. Remove about a tablespoon (no need
to measure) to a small bowl; add chocolate chips and stir well to
coat with flour mixture. Set chips aside.
To flour mixture in medium bowl, add sugar. In another small bowl,
beat together with fork eggs and oil until well-combined; gradually
beat in milk. All at once, add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients.
With whisk or hand-held mixer on a low speed, beat batter just until
well-combined, about 30 to 60 seconds, scraping bottom and sides
of bowl with rubber spatula (a few small lumps left in the batter
are OK). By hand, stir in chocolate chips and any remaining flour
mixture with them until chips are evenly distributed.
By small spoonfuls, place batter on top of topping and fruit in
pan, making it as even a layer as possible. Bake in preheated oven
about 25 to 30 minutes. Top of cake will be a light golden brown,
and you may see some cracks in the top of the cake as well. Test
for doneness by pressing top center of cake lightly with fingertip;
if cake springs back, its done. Do not overbake. Remove to
cooling rack; allow to stand 10 to 15 minutes.
Make sure your serving plate has shallow sides and a flat center
portion at least 9-1/2 inches in diameter! Invert serving plate
on top of cake, then carefully turn whole assembly over. Allow inverted
cake pan to stand 1 or 2 minutes, then remove carefully (its
still hot). Youll have a chocolate chip cake layer topped
with a caramel-like thick syrup and a pattern of pineapple slices
over all. Serve slices warm, perhaps with a bit of lightly sweetened
whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Yield: 8 servings
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