Star Fruit: Upside Down Cake

Nonna used an interesting fruit, a Star Fruit in this delicious upside down cake. The question isn’t about how the cake tasted; rather it is about did the cake turn over or fall apart?! Watch the video to see how it all worked out!

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Star Fruit Upside Down Cake

  • Difficulty: Easy - 2 parts.
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    • 1 1/2 Star Fruits
    • 1/2 stick butter (melted)
    • 2/3 cup brown sugar
    • 1 cap full vanilla
    • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 pinch salt (1 tsp)
    • 1 egg
    • 3/4 cup milk
    • 1/3 butter flavored crisco (shortening)
    • 1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
    • 1 cup sugar (white)
    • 1 1/3 cup AP flour


      Prepare Fruit
    1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
    2. Peel the star fruit’s edges and either end. (Watch the video for clarification.)
    3. Slice the star fruit so that slices are in the shape is a star.
    4. Melt 1/2 stick butter in a baking pan See Note 1.
    5. Mix brown sugar with butter and spread at bottom of the baking pan.
    6. Place the fruit in the sugar mix in a single layer.
    7. Prepare Cake Mix

    8. Place shortening, flour, salt, sugar (white), baking powder, milk, and egg in a bowl and mix with a beater.
    9. Add cinnamon and vanilla and mix with a beater. Ensure the batter is smooth. Zero lumps.
    10. Spread the batter over the star fruit, evenly.
    11. Baking

    12. Place pan in the oven for 30 mins.
    13. Check the cake using the tooth pick method (poke tooth pick in the batter and pull out. If it comes out clean the cake is ready. Do not poke the tooth pick into the star fruit.
    14. Upside down

    15. Let the pan cool until you are comfortable touching it with or without oven mitts.
    16. Place a larger cookie sheet over the pan and flip the cake over (watch the video for clarity).
    17. Serve anytime.

Note 1: The original recipe (probably from called for a 10in circular cake pan. However, Nonna didn’t have one. As such she used a large casserole dish.

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