cakes and cookies

Upside down chocolate caramel nut cake

November 18, 2008
Weekends are great time to unwind from the weekly grind. A moment to enjoy with the family a moment to laze around watching reruns of favorite movie snacking a bit of indulgence and catching up with friends and even as the clock ticks ahead pushing the supermarket trolley loaded with groceries. The fun part is doing it together. Last weekend we had assuming that the temperature would dip down to below freezing and so were planning to restrict ourselves indoors or visit the mall for a coffee. But seeing the vibrant rays of sun and comfortable temperature we decided to take a trip to the foothills of the mountain that is quite close to our place.

It was gorgeous with vibrant colors of the fall and overlooking the spectacular ocean. We had taken a small picnic basket and it was fun to see Rohan running around. It was fun and on our way we picked up some fresh fruits from the farmers selling straight from their orchards.

Since my hubby’s job demands a lot of traveling so at times I look forward to Fridays evenings as a time when all of us sit down together to have a nice dinner. So at times I feel like indulging with a nice spread. I had this chocolate cake made for his sweet carving. Since Rohan is not so keen on snacking on nuts I had to smother it with chocolate ganache. One more reason to celebrate was Aparna of My Diverse kitchen very well known for her exotic bread collections is hosting her blog birthday celebration event. So here Aparna I saved you a slice. I hope you will enjoy it.
2 tablespoons chopped unsalted roasted waltnuts
2 tablespoons chopped unsalted roasted pistachios
2 tablespoons chopped unsalted roasted almonds
½ cup butter
1 ¼ cup plain flour
1 ¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup packed brown sugar
3 free range eggs
¼ cocoa powder
100 grams dark eating chocolate melted
1/3 cup milk

Caramel topping
40 grams butter
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons cream

Prepare the caramel topping. Combine together butter sugar and cream in a small saucepan. Stir over a low fire with out boiling and until the sugar has been melted. Remove from fire and keep aside.

Line a 20 cm round cake tin with a butter paper. Pour the prepared the caramel sauce and sprinkle the chopped nuts evenly. Freeze it while preparing the cake mixture.

Shift the plain flour, baking powder, cocoa and salt. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at time beating until just combined. Stir in the shifted flours and chocolate and milk.

Spread the cake mixture over the caramel topping and bake it at 175’C for 35 to 40 minutes or until done. Remove and let it cool down before turning it upside down.

Garnish in it some more nuts and serve warm with chocolate sauce or dollop of ice-cream.

Kitchen Notes – The original recipe had called for macadamias, since I had none so I had to substitute with chopped pistachios. Also I have reduced the cocoa powder from 1/3 to 1/4 cup.

This recipe was bookmarked from The Australian women’s weekly best food collection and I am sending this to Ruth of justaddeggs hosting bookmarked event every Monday.


Last but not least I am also sending to NotquiteNigella hosting an event with an interesting theme The Ultimate chocolate cake challenge. She does have exciting gifts for the winners so if you haven’t thought of, now is the time to put on your Chef’s hat and send in your favorite chocolate cake.

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  • Reply Aparna November 18, 2008 at 8:11 am

    Chocolate, caramel and nuts. That’s quite a combination. Looks very attractive and thanks for saving the slice for me.
    I only wish China was a lot closer and I didn’t have to settle for a virtual feast. 🙂
    That’s a lot of praise you’ve heaped on me. Not sure I desrve it, but thank you very much.

  • Reply Arundathi November 18, 2008 at 8:17 am

    oh no – lunch time here and that looks so so amazing!!

  • Reply Uma November 18, 2008 at 8:17 am

    ooh, looks perfect and delicious! What a gorgeous look!

  • Reply sowmya November 18, 2008 at 8:17 am

    Thats a beautiful cake shibani..will try it for sure..

  • Reply Curry Leaf November 18, 2008 at 8:17 am

    Lovely .I know with the caramel topping it would have tasted nice.The pic looks very inviting

  • Reply Happy cook November 18, 2008 at 11:06 am

    I totally agree about the weekend and this upside chocolate cakelooks so yummy delicious.

  • Reply Uj November 18, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Looks yummy 🙂

  • Reply Kitchen Flavours November 18, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Yummy 4 tummy.

  • Reply Lore November 18, 2008 at 11:06 am

    What a colour burst! Lovely and most definitely tasty

  • Reply Pragyan November 19, 2008 at 5:20 am

    Hi Shibani, Amazing simple cake recipe..want some right now! 🙁 Your cake looks exactly like the pic in the magazine recipe 🙂 Too good. Can you please leave your email id in a comment on my blog? Will note the email id and drop the comment..wanted to provide my orkut info as you asked for it.

  • Reply Maya November 19, 2008 at 5:20 am

    The cake is looking absolutely delicious..Nicely presented too..

  • Reply Zesty Cook November 19, 2008 at 5:20 am

    Oh WOW – these cake looks amazing!
    Thanks for sharing


  • Reply Archy November 19, 2008 at 5:20 am

    Wow, Great Yaar !! Wish i wud be ur neighbor. I wud have tasted all ur yummy Dishes..
    Delicious cake Dear !! Perfect shape and presentation !! Loved it !!

  • Reply raaji November 19, 2008 at 5:20 am

    wonderful color o the cake with chopped nuts on the top…….pic looks so gorge………love to have it in my plate:)

  • Reply Arfi Binsted November 19, 2008 at 5:20 am

    awwwwwwwwww dark chocolate and caramel? who can resist? i can’t!!! perfect for spending time with a cup of coffee in a perfect afternoon with a good conversation… heaven!

  • Reply meeso November 19, 2008 at 5:20 am

    Seriously??? WHY would you tempt me like that… I’m trying to lose weight :(( It looks sooooo goooood!!!

  • Reply Priya November 19, 2008 at 5:20 am

    Wat a beatiful cake..looks delicious…

  • Reply Usha November 19, 2008 at 5:20 am

    Looks so delicious and tempting…great pics too 🙂

  • Reply Vanamala November 19, 2008 at 5:20 am

    Woawwwwwww Yummy.. nice cake

  • Reply Sujatha November 19, 2008 at 5:20 am

    Your thoughts about the weekend is absolutely true.. I feel the same way too..:) Superb cake! Love the color and texture..

  • Reply Cham November 19, 2008 at 5:20 am

    wow, wow, wow, I think I can still continue the “wow” first i thought the cake is reflecting in page, haha, i should check my vision. It came out perfect!

  • Reply Soma November 19, 2008 at 5:20 am

    Never had a cake with caramel topping. Must be tasting divine with all the caramel & nuts. Loved the picture of ur cake with the picture in the book. looks ditto.

    Envy u going to the mountains:-( Texas is sO darn FLAT.

  • Reply anudivya November 19, 2008 at 5:20 am

    My kind of cake… yours just truly put me in the “awe” mode… Just beautiful presentation and pictures.

  • Reply Rachel November 19, 2008 at 5:20 am

    That is just gorgeous S. With all those nuts and caramel and chocolate….IT WOULD BE A TRET FOR ME

  • Reply Jayashree November 19, 2008 at 5:20 am

    That looks so good.

  • Reply LG November 19, 2008 at 6:14 am

    Lovely cake, I am all drooling over it now..

  • Reply Sharmila November 20, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    What a lovley looking cake .. love the snap with the magazine. 🙂
    Wish I could have a slice. And yes, thanks for coming over and leaving such nice lines. 🙂

  • Reply SMN November 20, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    that looks so inviting yum..

  • Reply Dibs November 20, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    looks simply rich and awesome! Its raining in my blog …come and take a look 🙂

  • Reply Daziano November 20, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    I personally think pistachios are way better than macadamias, so I think your recipe is way better too 😉

    Love the flower too!

  • Reply Jo November 21, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Oh wow! This looks super yummilicious! I’ve been meaning to try out an upside down cake for every so long, you’ve given me the inspiration to do this soon.

  • Reply Vaishali November 21, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Cut me a slice of that right now! Looks really delicious, Pearls. A very nice job as usual.

  • Reply Cakelaw November 23, 2008 at 1:59 am

    You have a very lucky hubby – this cake looks fabulous!

  • Reply Kevin November 25, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    That cake looks so good!

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