Monday, April 5, 2010

Semi Rustic Nectarine-Berry Upside-Down Cake PLUS a 24-Hour Contest

Why do grocery-store strawberries look fresh and unblemished in the produce department and on the way home, they deteriorate? Why do almost ripe nectarines wither and darken overnight? My refrigerator is on the blink, but still.
Do I have bad fruit karma?

I seriously thought about letting the chickens have the fruit; but then I decided to be a good farm wife. I removed the offensive spots and made a cake.









It's not the prettiest cake, but I've definitely made worse. This time, the taste was just right--slightly tart, not too sweet. It was even a little undercooked, which made a gooey, pudding-like center. Heaven!

Whipped cream turned bad fruit karma into a decadent, pack-on-the-pounds, thunder-thigh making dessert.

When Dr. Big got home, Bandwidth said, "She made another weird cake."

"Just taste it," I said and slipped a spoonful into Big's mouth. He chewed in complete silence, which can be a good or bad culinary sign.

"The chickens'll love it," Bandy said.

"Nope," said Big. "The chickens ain't getting this."






Semi-Rustic Nectarine-Berry Upside-Down Cake

1 white cake mix
1 box instant vanilla pudding mix
canola oil
water
3 large eggs
2 nectarines, peeled and cut up
1 1/2 c. strawberries, capped and sliced
1/4 c dried cranberries (I used organic. If you have time--I didn't--you can soak them in peach brandy to "plump" them a bit.)
butter
brown sugar
chopped pecans
Preheat oven 350 degrees.
Spray pan with PAM
Melt 3/4 stick butter
Pour into pan and add brown sugar. Mix. Add pecans.
Add fruit.
If you have lovely nectarines, leave the skins on, slice, and arrange in a fetching, pinwheel pattern.
Mix cake according to directions (but add the pudding mix). Pour batter over fruit. Bake 50-55 minutes. Use a cake tester if you don't like "runny" centers and be prepared to cook a bit longer. Cool and invert. Sprinkle with demerara sugar. Throw caution to the wind and serve with whipped cream.
Pat yourself on the back. Smile when your husband kisses you. Wink at the produce counter and promise yourself to plant your own berries this year. Plus, you have outwitted bad fruit karma.


I'm linking to Lady Katherine's Tea Time Tuesday. It's her birthday, so be sure to stop by for a visit.
Now for the 24-Hour contest.
The prize is a $25 gift certificate to Bed, Bath, & Beyond.
To enter, leave a comment and complete this sentence:
"The last time I bought strawberries, _____."
You can enter as many times as you wish, and your name will go into the electronic "hat" each time.
The contest ends at 10PM (central) Tuesday night.
(Disclaimer: all give-aways and door prizes are donated 100% by Dr. Big and Gollum.)

80 comments:

  1. As it turns out "the last time I bought strawberries was today". And we ate them for dessert tonight.

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  2. ... I didn't share!.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  3. The last time that I bought strawberries I made Buttermilk Strawberry Sorbet.Delish

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  4. ...they were organic and yummy!

    Kat :)

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  5. ... they were frozen red gems for my big Greek yogurt parfaits!

    Michael Lee, you and your family are such fun~
    sending my gratitude* Maria

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  6. You crack me up!! That cake looks so yummy! It's after 10 pm and now I'm hungry again..this chick will eat it!

    Let's see ...the last time I bought strawberries...was last week and we had strawberry shortcake with grocery store pound cake. (I wish I was more of a baker...but someday I hope to be more of a Foodie and make things homemade)

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  7. That cake looks and sounds good...but boy do I know the feeling about the bad fruit. The last time I bought strawberries I forgot to look at the bottom of the clear package...got them home and they were mush at the bottom with mold!
    Michael...I'm having a giveaway to...please stop by. Hope you had a blessed Easter! ~Smiles

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  8. The last time I bought strawberries I didn't. I just ran. Just kidding.

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  9. The last time I bought strawberries was 2 weeks ago and I can't go a day without them now. That cake looks AMAZING.

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  10. Oh yum! This looks soooooo good darl'in! Thanks for the recipe!

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  11. The last time I bought strawberries, I made the Easy Strawberry Cake for several occasions and it was a BIG hit every time. I am going to make this Semi Rustic Nectarine Berry Upside-down Cake. I'm allergic to pineapple so I can't have the upside-down pineapple version so this sounds wonderful. Yum

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  12. Hmmm.... the last time I bought strawberries I had to go back for more cause my kids attacked them. Didn't want to get in there and save them either. You could lose a finger!

    That cake looks oh so yummy! I love gooey underdone cake. Yum!

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  13. The last time I bought strawberries, I ate half of them before I got home!!

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  14. I'm laughing so hard, my thunder thighs are shaking the house. Y'all are too much fun. Let's have more cake.

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  15. I have to take a dessert for a lunch on Thursday- this will be perfect because... the last time I bought strawberries I bought 7 boxes for weekend guests and forgot to use them. They are still in my frig- so I'll be making semi-rustic strawberry upside down cake. Yummy! Perfect recipe, perfect timing! Fun prompt!
    Yvonne

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  16. I know what you mean about fruit, but your cake is purdy! It's a good sign that the chickens aren't going to get a bite of this.

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  17. Michael Lee, Just a couple of questions- I am not the best baker in the world. How much brown sugar and pecans and what size pan did you use? I am really looking forward to making this delicious cake.
    Thanks!
    Yvonne

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  18. What a yummy dessert! I must try this ~ I think hubby will love it, too!

    Hmmm, the last time I bought strawberries, I piled on whipped cream and extra sugar and didn't even give a thought to all the calories I was consuming in my ever-growing thunder-thigh abilities!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  19. Last time I bought strawberries, they were grown in California.
    Mimi

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  20. I used a 9 x 9 x 3 pan. I "eyeballed" the brown sugar and pecans--just enough to cover the bottom of the pan and provide a cushion for the fruit.

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  21. The last time I ate strawberries, I poured sweetened berries over homemade pound cake and added lots of whipped cream. Yum!

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  22. I think the cake looks awesome!

    "The last time I bought strawberries I also bought a tub of cool whip and headed straight to the park and snarf them all myself. I figured since it was a fruit, it was guilt free.

    Hey! That's the way my mind sees things. I am happy in my special world! :)

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  23. Oh yummm! Wonder if the recipe will work with raspberries & apples, since that's what I have in the refrigerator...

    The last time I bought strawberries, I forgot all about them in the drawer of the refrigerator & they developed a very unappealing fuzzy coat!

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  24. The last time I bought strawberries, I made a cake for a friends birthday. The cake was angel food cut in half. I took Cool whipp ,vinilla pudding, cream chees, strawberries, pecans, and combined these together to put into the scooped out cake center. I then combined Cool Whipp,cream cheese,a little sour cream,and iced the cake. I filled the whole of the angel food cake with cut up strawberries.With a thin drizzel of chocolat across the top of the cake,it was finished. Dang! Now I am hungry! hehe Kathy

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  25. I just said the same thing yesterday!! HOW do they get so yucchy between the store (where they were gorgeous) and my house?!
    The last time I bought strawberries was Saturday to coat with chocolate and serve with our Easter Ricotta cheesecake.

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  26. The last time I bought strawberries was last week along with a large container of cool whip (low calorie of course) and it is my fix of choice. I go into the fridge take one out and wash it and dip it into the cool whip and pop it into my mouth. Not better then chocolate but a whole lot less calories and good for you too!

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  27. The last time I bought strawberries was Saturday... and they're still in the fridge! Not good...

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  28. That cake looks divine! I am definitely going to have to try it.

    Have a beautiful week- see you for foodie Friday!

    Best wishes, Natasha.

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  29. The last time I bought strawberries, I dipped them in dark chocolate heaven!

    Pat
    www.critteralley.blogspot.com

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  30. The last time I bought strawberries was Saturday...we had them on Sunday morning with blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and whipped cream for breakfast! The rest we had in a smoothie on Monday morning...must say they looked a bit sad and deteriorated..that is why I made a smoothie with it....

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  31. The last time I bought strawberries, I used them in an afternoon tea setting that I will be posting on my blog.

    Your photography is superb as usual; the cake looks delicious!
    Beth

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  32. The last time I bought strawberries, I made berry sorbet!

    Your cake looks delicious!

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  33. The last time I brought strawberries was Saturday and they are waiting patiently to be transformed into something delicious. I am trying to buy them every week after reading that they were priced so low that farmers were dumping them. I think this is a tragedy with so many in need that this might happen. And it is a tragedy for the farmers who must be suffering... so buy buy buy and let's get the price back up!!!

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  34. I wish I had a piece of that cake for breakfast this morning. :-)
    Last time I bought strawberries I froze some of them to keep them from going bad.

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  35. Yummy!! Tell Bandy I miss is food blog? Where did he go????

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  36. The last time I bought strawberries, they were perfect!! I sliced them and served them with whipped cream. Yum:) I could go for a piece of your cake, it looks great!

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  37. The last time I bought strawberries was just on Saturday, I must say, they looked lovely but were a little disappointing in the taste department. I made a pie, we ate it, I have a few left, today I will dip them in chocolate.

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  38. Yum! I'm so glad you didn't give this cake to the chickens. Thunder thigh chickens might have trouble running from the fox. The last time I bought strawberries, I served them over ice cream, and one of my grands choked on one of them. After much hysteria, the strawberry popped out, but I don't think she'll be eating strawberries again! laurie

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  39. ... they were from a local organic farm and I made a strawberry cake, a strawberry rhubarb pie and froze some for use in my morning smoothies.

    You are too funny! Love Bandwidth's comment! Your cake looks and sounds great.

    ~ Tracy

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  40. What do you mean it's not the prettiest? I think it's rustic simple deliciousness! The last time I bought strawberries, I made strawberry shortcakes!

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  41. That cake looks delicious! Wish I lived close by, I'd drop in for a visit!

    Have a great day!

    Nancy

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  42. The last time I bought strawberries I made that super yum salad with blue cheese, roasted walnits, granny smith apples. strawberries and sweet vinagrette. It is my fav at the moment!

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  43. The last time I bought strawberries, I was a good "do-bee" and actually cut them up and froze them before they had a chance to "rot" in my frig. Such a bad habit of mine :D

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  44. The last time I bought strawberries...the time before that is...I checked to make sure that they were somewhat local/regional so that I knew that they were not picked four months before so that their shelf life would be longer...like the apples and grapes that come from Chilie :{

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  45. The last time I bought strawberries my daughter ate them all before I could make the planned Stawberry Shortcake.

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  46. ... and for those of us without husbands, this cake may be the key to finding one ??? Can't wait to try the recipe.

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  47. The last time I bought strawberries they were disappointing....very bland and flavorless!

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  48. The chickens can't have it!!! The cake looks delicious!

    The last time I bought strawberries...I knew summer time was on it's way!

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  49. Id like a slice please.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting
    http://g-w-hunting.blogspot.com

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  50. Oh yum yum yum! This looks absolutely divine! DIVINE! Thank you for the recipe.

    Ok, and for my chance to win: "The last time I bought strawberries, there were none left when I got home."

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  51. I stuffed them with cheesecake and drizzled them with chocolate!

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  52. "The last time I bought strawberries, _____."

    I had a red ring around my mouth from sneaking them out of the package. And I thought of my late grandmother who, even when she broke out in a rash, would eat strawberries every day she could get her hands on them!

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  53. "The last time I bought strawberries, _____."

    I had a red ring around my mouth from sneaking them out of the package. And I thought of my late grandmother who, even when she broke out in a rash, would eat strawberries every day she could get her hands on them!

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  54. The last time I bought strawberries, was for Easter. They are pictured on my blog, and I believe they were the season's finest. Big, red, and sweet!

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  55. The last time I bought strawberries I forgot about them and by the time I cut them up, my chickens did get them!!

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  56. Your cake looks very good!
    The last time I bought strawberries was for Easter Strawberry Shortcake. And I can't wait till June to pick good ones here. They taste like strawberries!

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  57. I think it looks heavenly! You may have to tell young Bandwith what I told my "baby" when he moved home in Dec.--Adult children living at home are not allowed to have opinions :). Now he tells everyone that he has bought a great house and his aging parents are living with him :)

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  58. The last time I bought strawberries I dressed up a Costco cheescake.

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  59. The last time I bought strawberries, I dipped them in chocolate for my sweet husband:)

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  60. ..it was well over a year ago. I need to buy them again and soon.

    Thanks for the giveaway


    Chris

    zekks at yahoo dot com

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  61. The last time I bought strawberries I ate every single one of them....myself! I use them on cereal, in salad, in a fruit salad, etc., etc. My hubby avoids them....more for me:):) The cake sounds YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

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  62. Last time I bought strawberries, I made strawberry chutney with Indian spices. Every body loved it.

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  63. you crack me up, i love your noncook cooking stories, they always make me smile!

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  64. Susan, Thanks for cake recipe, I am always looking for desserts to serve at bridge club.

    Barbara

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  65. Michael...I am still asleep...I know you are not Susan...sorry.

    Barbara

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  66. This week. We buy them weekly because we love them so much. For a treat I pipe them with sweetened cream cheese to which I also add a splash of almond flavoring and grated orange zest. Yummy!

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  67. I sure need some of your lavender!

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  68. Last time I had strawberries, I rolled them and sugar and hubby and I ate the whole basket.
    Your cake turned out heavenly! It looks so wonderful! I wish you were here! My daughter, is getting remarried and was suppose to be 4 weeks off, well now it is two days off and I have to do a small reception after a family ceremony! Planning all day, hitting the stores in morning. She wants me to bake a cake! Fix her veil, take up her dress. I in over my head! lol So now time to visit! I sure hope all understand!

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  69. My goodness this look so delicious, I bet I absorbed calories just reading it haha! I just did a post on my blog of a yummy spring dessert too, I would love for you to check it out and give me your thoughts! Love the blog, god bless!

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  70. lat time i bought them i served them very simply with some home made whipped cream and and a store bought angel food cake! so yummy!

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  71. This cake looks scrumptious!! The last time I bought strawberries was last week and ate them every morning on my waffles.

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  72. I wanted to sink my teeth into them and let the juices drool down my chinny-chin-chin!

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  73. Well, the last time I bought strawberries, they came from a place other than a supermarket. They were huge and looked just gorgeous! I couldn't wait to make my strawberry shortcake and serve them over the top with whipped cream. They looked beautiful through the plastic but when I opened the box..they were GREEN. A large part of each berry was green and I had to cut most of it away and work at getting only the red parts. NEEDLESS to say, they were picked way too early. Lots of culling and lots of sugar...and next time I will open the box and check. Over ripe and moldy or green and unuseable but I love strawberries and keep buying but carefully.
    Your cake looks wonderful and sounds so easy to make. I definitely will try it! :)
    I will be more careful next time.

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  74. I bought strawberries about two weeks ago for a fruit tray.

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  75. The last time I bought strawberries, were from a Farmers Market on the border of Mexico and Arizona................they were wonderful. However the time before that was the typical disaster Dr Jeckyl & Mr Hyde strawberries...........they were evil. How can something that pretty not have an ounce of flavor.

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  76. btw your cake is on my must make list..........all my favorite ingredients for improving the thunder thighs.

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  77. The last time I bought strawberries was yesterday at the strawberry stand. They were the most gorgeous red and they just glistened with deliciousness. We ate half of them just rinsed and with the cap on for dinner. YUM! The rest will be sliced tonight to have over angel food cake. YUM AGAIN!

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  80. Wow, I just love it, looks mouthwatering to me. I have to make one for myself as well. Thanks a lot.

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