Buttermilk Mango Upside Down Cake

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Author Notes: You know how you get an ear worm, a song stuck in your head that plays over and over until you actually play the song? Well this recipe turned into a brain worm for me, my brain was chanting "buttermilk mango cake buttermilk mango cake" until I had to make it - I had no choice!!! I don't like really sweet cakes, so this does not have a ton of sugar, but if you prefer yours sweeter you can use 3/4 c white sugar in the batter rather than 1/2. I used atulfo mangos - the smaller yellow ones - which are my favorite - but if you can't find those you can use the larger red mango, just as long as you have enough slices to fill the pan.aargersi

Serves 1 9" cake

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter - room temp (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum (Plantation or Mt Gay Eclipse are good)
  • 1 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • zest and juice from 1 lime
  • 2 atulfo mangos
  • 2 eggs - separated
  • 1/2 cup sugar (3/4 c for a sweeter cake)
  1. Flour and butter a 9" cake pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper and butter that too. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Peel and slice the mango. I used the "cheeks" of the mangos sliced into moons. I also ate some along the way. So 2 mangos is more than enough. Arrange the slices in a circle in the cake pan.
  3. Melt 3 tbs of butter with the light brown sugar. Cook it over medium heat until it begins to bubble, and stir for 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the rum. Stir until it is smooth and fully mixed, then pour it slowly over the mangoes, making sure that the spaces between the mangoes are filled with goodness
  4. Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Whisk together the dry ingredients - except the sugar.
  5. Beat the butter and sugar together until it is smooth. Beat in the egg yolks, again until smooth. Then beat in the lime juice, lime zest, and buttermilk. Now slowly beat in the dry ingredients until the batter is smooth. Gently fold in the egg whites. Now spread the batter over the mangos in the cake pan.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the cake is golden and a tester comes out clean. Cool for several minutes, then invert onto a plate. You should allow it to cool more before you eat it, but you probably won't!!!

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about 3 years ago rachaelmr

i think there is something missing here - what is the amount of sugar for the cake?!! it's a shame i wasn't a good girl and didn't read the whole recipe before "needing" to make it for a party...bad me. ;(


about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

It's a 1/2 cup granulated sugar for the cake. The recipe is complete at the WF website where it is also posted. http://nyc.wholefoodsmarketcooking...


about 3 years ago rachaelmr

Thank you - i still managed to make it (i cross referenced with other upside down type cakes in other recipes) and it was FREAKIN' DELICIOUS!! i took it to the party and made new friends. This is now a MUST KEEP recipe - Thanks!


about 3 years ago rachaelmr

Oh, and because i am a substitute-by-what's-on-hand type of gal, i used whey instead of buttermilk and omitted the coconut flour (all i could find were flakes, and i'm not that committed to coconut - i just upped the cake flour) and of course, it was still stunning.


about 3 years ago aargersi

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I am so glad to hear this! I added that dang sugar to the ingredient list. Nannydeb also used whey as a sub with good results - so that's good to know! Thanks for trying it!!!


over 3 years ago gingerroot

You had me at mango + lime + coconut + rum. I totally know about those brain worms and am so glad you had one chanting buttermilk mango cake!!


over 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Not a bad song to have stuck in your head, especially when it inspires a cake like this one!


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over 3 years ago sdebrango

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Upside down cakes are really high up on the list of my favorite cakes I love this one. The mango and buttermilk are wonderful. A really great cake!


over 3 years ago Bevi

What a thing of beauty!


over 3 years ago Madhuja

This looks so good, aargersi! And I love the flavor combo you have going on in here! :)


over 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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I'm hosting a brunch in a few weeks to welcome new neighbors who just moved in. This is now on the menu. Saved!! ;o)


over 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yay! I am thrilled you plan to try it - that is a huge compliment!


over 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks HLA! Guess who like this cake? HENRY! He is my new main tester :-)


over 3 years ago arielleclementine

he does love it!! we all do- it's a really beautiful cake! especially love the lime and rum notes!


over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

This cake is gorgeous! Love the interplay of flavors you've got going on. Mango, lime, and coconut are a match made in Heaven.