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Starfruit Upside-down Cake

Kids will love this cake. Naturally shaped star fruit begins at the bottom of the pan, caramelizing in brown sugar, and ends up on the top of the cake when flipped as a delicious and adorable decoration. Let children place the pomegranate seeds to give the cake their special touch.

Serves 12
Ready in 45 mins
Prep time 15 mins
Cooking time 30 mins
231 calories per serving


> 1/2 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
> 2 tbsp orange juice
> 2 star fruit, cut horizontally into 1/2 inch slices
> 1/2 cup canola oil
> 2/3 cup granulated sugar
> 1 egg
> 2 egg whites
> 1 1/2 cups cake flour
> 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
> pinch of salt
> 1/2 cup 2% milk
> 1 tsp vanilla extract
> 1 tsp almond extract
> fresh pomegranate seeds


Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly on bottom of cake pan. Arrange sliced star fruit as close together as possible, pressing down into sugar, then drizzle orange juice over star fruit. In a large bowl, combine canola oil and granulated sugar. Add egg and egg whites, beat well.
In another bowl, combine cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture, alternating with milk, to canola oil mixture. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts. Pour batter over star fruit and bake for 30 min., until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes before loosening edges of cake with a thin knife and inverting cake onto serving plate. Top the center of each star fruit with a pomegranate seed before serving.

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