Sometimes, you feel like following long, complex cake recipes. Other times, you just want to find a quick and easy (yet delicious) recipe to whip up a dessert in no time. This Upside-Down Cake with Blackberries is one of those!
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So picture this. It’s the middle of the afternoon, you have been out all day and some of your friends (or family) randomly decide to invite themselves over for dinner. You don’t have time to prepare much, but you still want to have a yummy cake for dessert. We all have been in this situation, haven’t we!? If you have too (or are right now), this Blackberry Upside Down Cake recipe is exactly what you need.
How to make a Blackberry Upside-Down Cake
There isn’t much to write on this recipe, other than man… it is such a simple, DELICIOUS cake! I brought this Blackberry Cake to my in-laws, along with leftovers from a complex French layered cake. I didn’t think much of this berry cake compared to the other one that had a ‘wow factor’. Funny enough, everyone loved the Blackberry Upside-Down Cake way more than the other one! It really makes you think that sometimes, sticking to simple, basic cakes is way more effective that trying to show off with a crazier one…
Why is this cake so simple? Because as long as you have Blackberries in your freezer and the pantry of a casual baker, you should be able to whip up this cake in less than 30 minutes. Of course, you don’t have to use frozen berries; if you are lucky enough to have fresh ones in the kitchen, they will be perfect for this recipe too!
The cake batter is super simple to make but has some ingredients and techniques that make all the difference. First, it uses a mix of Plain Flour and Almond Meal which makes the batter super light and moist. Yes, once again, I praise my favourite ingredient – mister Almond Meal… but it is seriously such an awesome one to use in cake! You can mix it with Plain Flour like for these Almond Madeleines, or completely replace any type of Flour with it like in this Strawberry Almond Cake recipe. You should try it!
Secondly, you want to separate the Eggs and use the yolks and whites differently. Like for many recipe, using egg yolks in the main batter then folding in whipped egg whites brings extra lightness to the cake, making it really nice and fluffy. It is a great way to avoid getting a dense and heavy cake – and the principle can basically be applied to any cake recipe. You should try it and see how it makes a difference!
The last important element of this recipe is the Blackberries itself. You could use plain blackberries only, but I added a few extra ingredients to them. A little bit of sugar to help the berries caramelise nicely, some cinnamon for that spicy note, a tablespoon of lemon juice to make the blackberry flavour truly pop and lastly, some cornstarch. When they start baking, your blackberries will release a lot of moisture that could make your cake soggy. Adding cornstarch to them is an easy way to avoid this. It will help thicken any liquid that comes out of your fruit, which is perfect for an upside-down cake!
To bake this cake, I used the same Quiche Pan with removable Bottom that I had used for this Spiced Pears Double Chocolate Cake. A Quiche Pan is very similar to a Tart Pan but has higher sides. It is great to use if you know that your cake will rise too much to be baked in a tart pan but you still want the nice wavy edges detail. The removable bottom is really essential for upside-down cakes as it makes it so much easier to flip!
Blackberry Upside-Down Cake
- 40 gr (1/4 cup) Brown Sugar
- 125 gr Butter at room temperature
- 3 Eggs, separated
- 75 gr (1/3 cup + 1 tbsp.) Almond Meal
- 75 gr (1/2 cup) Plain Flour
- 1 tbsp. Baking Powder
- 1 Lemon (Juice + Zest)
- 250 gr (2 cups) Frozen Blackberries
- 2 tbsp. Brown Sugar
- 1 teasp. Cinnamon (Optional)
- 1 tbsp. Lemon Juice
- 1 tbsp. Cornstarch
- Preheat your oven on 180'C.
- Using a hand mixer, cream the Brown Sugar and Butter until fully combined into a light paste.
- Add the Egg Yolks one at a time, mixing well between each egg, then the Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest.
- Sift in the Almond Meal, Plain Flour and Baking Powder.
- In a seperate bowl, beat the Egg Whites into medium peaks. Fold then in the cake batter and set aside.
- In another bowl, roughly mix the Frozen Blackberries, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Lemon Juice and Cornstarch.
- Put the Blackberry Mix at the bottom of your Quiche Pan (see note 1). Cover them with the Cake Batter and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Let the cake cool down for at least 15 minutes before pushing the bottom out and flipping the cake on a plate.
- I lined my quiche pan with baking paper I had cut in a circle the size of the bottom of the pan. Even though the pan has a removable bottom, using additional baking paper is a great way to make sure none of the fruits are going to stick to the bottom of the pan when you flip it.