Do you watch any of the baking or cooking competition shows? I do and I love them. My brother watches them to and we often text back and forth while we are watching them. We both like to cook too so they are always a good inspiration for what we will make next.
Earlier in the year we were both catching up on Spring Baking Championship and they were using ugly fruits in their recipes. One of the fruits was a jackfruit. I've seen jackfruit before but I've never tried it. I didn't think I could even get it near me but it turns out my local market had some in stock but it was expensive! Mostly because you had to buy the whole thing and they are heavy.
I talked to my brother about it and he said he could get part of the jackfruit and for a decent price. He decided to buy us both some and see what we could create with it. He decided to go the savory route while I went the sweet route. Jackfruit is often used as a vegan meat substitute and most often in pulled pork. In fact, I had some Jackfruit Pulled Pork and it tasted pretty decent. My brother decided to recreate that.
I went for dessert. I originally was going to make cupcakes like they did on the TV show but went with Jackfruit Upside Down Cake instead. When I went to cut up the fruit I realized I had no idea how to do it. I had to watch a video on what part to use. You have to cut it into manageable pieces and then pull out the yellow flesh pieces, get rid of the seed, and remove any of the white tentacle looking things to get to the fruit. There's a ton of waste when you are finished!
Once I got the fruit out I cut it into slices for my cake.. I whipped up a pineapple upside down cake recipe and substituted in the jackfruit. It smelled good and when it came out of the oven I gave it a try. The jackfruit is pretty subtle but has a tropical flavor to it. I wish I had put some in the batter instead of just using it on the bottom in the caramel sauce. However, it turned out to be a pretty delicious cake and I was glad I chose to use the jackfruit in this recipe.
My brother ended up making the pulled pork but said the jackfruit made it too sweet. He's going to buy the canned jackfruit next time and try his recipe again. It's fun to try new ingredients and make multiple recipes using the same thing. I'm sure we will do it again soon!
- ½ c. sugar
- 6 T. butter
- ½ lb. jackfruit, flesh removed, seeded, and halved
- 1 c. flour
- 1 t. baking powder
- 1 t. salt
- ½ c. butter
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 t. vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 inch cake pan with cooking spray and place a parchment paper circle on the bottom. Set aside.
- Add the sugar to a heavy bottomed saucepan and put on medium high heat. Leave it alone until the sugar begins to melt and then stir with a wooden spoon. Once it is melted and has turned amber add in the butter. Mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and pour into the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with the jackfruit.
- In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well and set aside.
- In a large bowl cream together the butter and brown sugar. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until just combined.
- Pour batter over top of the jackfruit caramel in the pan.
- Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
- Run a butter knife around the edges and carefully invert onto a wire rack. Remove the parchment paper and cool completely.