Sunday, July 11, 2010

Gold Kiwifruit & Coconut Upside-Down Cake

It wasn't until I started making this cake that I realised I was missing summer. This was a little bit of a surprise, since I am one of those strange people that enjoys winter. It might seem a little insane, but I love snuggling up in a warm bed on a cold night, and wearing winter clothes and eating hearty winter food. And though I will whinge when I'm outside in the shivering cold, I'm secretly loving it at the same time. Probably because I lived without a proper winter for a large portion of my life, so it still feels kind of novel to have 4 different seasons. Plus the cold weather is the perfect excuse to turn on the oven and bake an awesome cake like this.
I've always been fond of upside-down cakes. There's that moment of anticipation after you've taken the cake out of the oven and are about to flip it over to see how it turned out. And this one turned out better looking than I thought it would. It might not be the prettiest cake ever, but I think the kiwi gives it a really eye-catching, interesting pattern. The flavour and smell of the kiwifruit was surprisingly strong and appealing.
The flavours really feel summery & tropical, with the sweet, tangy golden kiwis and a rich, creamy coconut with a touch of lime. I thought the cake might be really sour since I put so much lime juice in the batter, but it mellowed a lot in the oven. The coconut milk made the cake a little denser, but it added a lovely fragrance and fluffy texture to it. My favourite part was that the dessicated coconut in the batter gave it a lovely crunch on the golden exterior, I think next time I might make individual cakes like I did in my rhubarb mandarin upside-down cakes so that I have even more of the crunchy edges.
This cake is for my cousin Pris for tomorrow, Happy Birthday dear!! Wish you were here in Sydney so we could take you to Bill's for a birthday breakfast.
Gold Kiwifruit & Coconut Upside-Down Cake
(adapted from this recipe from
30g melted butter
2 tbsp (30g) brown sugar
4-5 gold kiwifruit, peeled and cut into 1cm slices
100g butter, softened
250g caster sugar
2 large eggs
225g self-raising flour
1/2 cup (45g) dessicated coconut
Juice of 2 limes (about 100ml)
80ml coconut milk

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin. Pour the butter over the base of the pan and sprinkle with the brown sugar, then top with a single layer of kiwifruit.
Use an electric beater to beat the butter and sugar for 3 minutes or until pale and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold in the flour, coconut, coconut milk, and lime juice until combined.
Pour cake mixture over the kiwifruit and smooth top with a spatula. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes and then turn out of tin. Don't freak out of the kiwifruit stick to the base of the pan, just gently place them back on top of the cake and return the cake to the oven on a low temperature for a few minutes until the fruit is set on top. Can be stored for several days in an airtight container.
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  1. Yum, I love upside-down cakes, and using golden kiwifruit is a nice twist on the pineapple tradition. Really I just love the caramelised bits - crunchy edges are the best!

  2. This looks heavenly, I really like golden kiwi fruit, and it sounds like a nice ingredient for an upside down cake.

  3. I have never seen golden Kiwi's before. I love the look of the caramel that has formed around the too.

  4. I'm thinking this cake might taste like a pina colada...? Which of course is the summer tipple of choice for many =D

  5. WOW WOW, how gorgeous this cake is. I am a winter person myself.

  6. I completely understand your love for winter!

    This cake looks beautiful, very creative

  7. This is gorgeous! Guess what? I love winter too, I much prefer it over stinky hot insect infested summer! Although seeing this cake does remind me of all the good that's associated with summer :)

  8. here it's really hot and it seems like baking is not appealing, but that cake looks so good i'm gonna turn the oven on! let's see if i can find golden kiwifruit, it's not an easy task!

  9. Love the golden colour of this upside down cake. Oh and your cake stand had me drooling... Must make a trip to burnt orange soon.

  10. Tbh it looks kind of creepy.... but I bet it tastes amazinngg!

  11. Happy birthday to your cousin! :)

    And the cake is so beautiful. I love up-side-down cake.

  12. WOw this looks interesting..

    hm i wouldnt mind trying. GO KIWI FRUIT !!

  13. wow ive never heard of golden kiwis, i bet this was so tasty!
    happy birthday to your cousin too :D

  14. This looks gorgeous!
    I wouldn't have thought of using kiwi in an upside down cake but it makes perfect sense!

  15. What a striking looking cake. Shame I'm allergic to kiwifruit, otherwise I'd be tempted to make it.

  16. Helen (grabyourfork) - Yeah I thought about doing pineapple, but I had some kiwi to use up! I love the caramelised bits too!

    missklicious - How awesome are golden kiwi fruit?!

    Mark @ Cafe Campana - Are you serious? You can find them at any supermarket, they're even better than regular kiwifruit!

    mademoiselle délicieuse - haha sort of..without the pineapple!

    Jennifurla - Thanks so much! Go the winter people!

    Mariam - Yay :) Not just me then! Thank you!

    Betty @ The Hungry Girl - Exactly! It's stinky hot and the bugs suck!

    Adriana - Haha aww hope you're not sweltering too much in the heat!

    Ellie (Almost Bourdain) - Burnt orange is so awesome! I had to get the stand :)

    FFichiban - Ohh :( Creepy how?

    Anh - Aww thanks :)

    Dolly - Yay kiwifruit :)

    Natalie... - not sure how hard they are to find but i always get them from my supermarket! thanks!

    Kristy Sayer - Hehe yeah i was surprised at how well it turned out!

    Y - Oh noes :( Allergies suck don't they

  17. Gotta love that crunchy, crunchy edge.

    I don't actually think I've ever tried gold kiwifruit before. I've seen it in the shops, of course, but think I've just always been too stingy to buy it! I have only discovered a liking for normal kiwifruit in the last year or two though, so perhaps I'll get there soon.

    Great cake. Reason enough to 'splurge' ;)

  18. Try it! I prefer it to the normal ones, but only because I'm not a big sour fan. The boy loves the green ones!

  19. can I use regular, green kiwi? I never even saw golden one, maybe tastes different, and green kiwi would not fit in this cake?

    1. Sure green kiwi fruit should be fine, just a tiny bit more sour but still great!

  20. Thanks for this amazing recipe. I've been working at a kiwi fruit pack house in new Zealand for the past few months, so I have bag fulls of gold kiwi fruit. But I'm not a huge fan of gold and had no idea what to do with it all. I found your recipe on pinterest and made it the other night. It was really easy to make and came out great. Delicious! I really liked the cake batter especially so I'm going to use that with cream cheese icing, no kiwifruit, next.


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