CARAMBOLA UPSIDE DOWN CAKE
Yield: 8 servings
3 to 4 Florida carambolas (star fruit), sliced
1/4 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
Juice of 2 Florida passion fruit
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup Florida sugar
2 Florida eggs
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 cup Florida milk
1 tsp. each of vanilla and almond extract
Step One: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Arrange sliced carambolas in bottom of a greased 9 inch cake pan as close together as possible.
Mix together 1/4 cup butter, brown sugar and passion fruit juice and pour into pan, turning so mixture covers bottom. Set aside.
Step Two: Cream together 1/2 cup of butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beat well.
Step Three: Mix together dry ingredients. Add flour mixture, alternately with milk, to butter mixture. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts. Pour into prepared cake pan.
Step Four: Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until cake pulls away form sides of pan.
Let cool for five minutes before inverting onto serving plate.
Courtesy of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services