Saturday, February 6, 2010

Mango Upside-Down Cake

I was served this delicious cake at a business dinner a long time ago. I never forgot the enticing flavor of mangos and lime. I’ve yet to come across a recipe for it in any cookbook that I have (and believe me, I have a lot of cookbooks!).

My time has been spent working on a writing project that will incorporate recipes dispersed through the fictional work. I’ve been creating, testing and wracking my head with new delectable delights that could be well incorporated into this work.

I thought about that delicious cake I once had and set about trying to re-create it. I’m rather pleased with the results. When I was served a slice of this cake, it was accompanied with a smooth and creamy vanilla bean ice cream that had the lime syrup drizzled over it. Sadly I didn’t have any ice cream at home and was so anxious to get a bite into the cake that I pictured it by itself.

It really is mouthwatering when you taste the sweetness of the mangos, crunch of the macadamia nuts and the tartness of the lime syrup. I felt like one slice wouldn’t satisfy my appetite, but then I remembered…moderation in all things.

Mango Upside Down Cake

4 tablespoons butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 yellow cake mix
½ cup water
½ cup mango nectar (or juice)
1/3 cup oil
3 eggs
¼ cup rum
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 large mango, peeled, seeded and sliced
½ cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt butter in a large round cake pan, or if you prefer, a 13 x 9 inch cake pan in the oven for 3 to 5 minutes.
Sprinkle brown sugar over the melted butter. Lay down the mango slices in whatever fashion you like over the brown sugar. Add the macadamia nuts in between the mango slices.

Prepare cake batter. In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, water, mango nectar, oil, eggs, rum and lime juice. Whisk for 2 minutes until all the lumps disappear.
Carefully pour the batter over the mango prepared cake pan.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Run a knife around the cake edges and invert cake over plate.

Option: Make simple syrup with ¼ cup lime juice and ¼ cup sugar to drizzle over the cake before serving. Mix lime juice and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Allow to boil gently for 2 minutes to allow syrup to thicken slightly. Remove syrup from heat and add 1 tablespoon rum to the mixture. Drizzle over warm Mango cake for an added level of flavor. Sprinkle with a little lime zest.


Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wow beautiful cake... Mangos mmm I am drooling!!!

Cinnamon-Girl♥ said...

What a scrumptious cake Teresa! I am loving everything about it - the mango, lime and macadamia! How divine.

ARUNA said...

wow this is one beautiful cake, making me hungry!!!!

Anonymous said...

It's gorgeous and I absolutely love mango!

bonnie said...

Beautiful cake, I love mangos!! Yum!


FoodLovers said...

wow gorgeous cake .. mango is my fav loved it ...
drop by at my blog when u get a chance dear
first time here u have a lovely space

Ben said...

You are writing a novel like Como agua para chocolate? Oh I wanna hear more about that! And a piece of that cake, hmmm mango... so... good...

Jenn said...

I miss you guys. And cake.

And I can attest to your cookbook collection. Including the ones that have come to live with me, you have enough to stock a library. :)

Kathleen said...

Yum this looks wonderful. Great blog!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Thanks everyone. We really did enjoy this cake.

Jenn, you can take as many cookbooks as you want. I have got to start getting rid of some. I'm starting to fill up the garage with them as well. :)

Ben, the piece I'm working on is a culinary mystery. I hope to start up a blog about it in the near future. Wish me luck Chico.

Ivy said...

Good luck with your new project Teresa. Shall be looking forward to it. The cake must taste wonderful with the mangoes and macadamia nuts, although we don't get them in Greece.

Debinhawaii said...

Mmm...all of my favorite flavors in one cake. It looks delicious!

Foodycat said...

That looks so good! I love how moist upside down cakes are. Your writing project sounds really interesting; I hope one day we get to read it!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This sounds AWESOME Teresa!!!! I have never heard of this either, but it should be in every cookbook!

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm excited to hear about your new project! How neat! And that cake looks awesome!

Maria said...

Oooh, the mango and lime surely got together well. Lovely cake Teresa!

The Blonde Duck said...

I think your cake beats my oatmeal bars!

Kelly said...

That is gorgeous. Your new project sounds fantastically interesting. I'm always amazed at how much you have achieved.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Tere, that looks fabulous! Wish I could have been there to eat it!!!!