Mango Buttermilk Upside Down Cake

Photo by: aargersi

by aargersi

over 2 years ago

This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Mango Recipe.

molly's kitchen's Testing Notes:

Aargersi's Mango Buttermilk Upside Down Cake with its fan of soft and sweetened mangoes perfectly highlights the tropical fruit's favorite pairings. The lime (in juice and zest form) and buttermilk are an excellent counter to the bubbling brown sugar-rum sauce and give the crumbly cake a nice tang. The addition of coconut flour emphasizes the equatorial beginnings of the dessert and weaves a sultry scent through the cooking process. Note: When cooking the brown sugar and butter mixture, the addition of the rum makes everything spurt wildly, but don't fret -- keep stirring and it will smooth out beautifully.

You know how you get an ear worm, a song stuck in your head that plays over and over until you actually play the song? Well this recipe turned into a brain worm for me, my brain was chanting "buttermilk mango cake buttermilk mango cake" until I had to make it - I had no choice!!! I don't like really sweet cakes, so this does not have a ton of sugar, but if yoou prefer yours sweeter you can use 3/4 c white sugar in the batter rather than 1/2. I used atulfo mangos - the smaller yellow ones - which are my favorite - but if you can't find those you can use the larger red mango, just as long as you have enough slices to fill the pan.

Serves 1 9" cake

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter - room temp (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs - separated
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • juice and zest from 1 lime
  • 2 atulfo mangoes
  1. Flour and butter a 9" cake pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper and butter that too. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Peel and slice the mango. I used the "cheeks" of the mangos sliced into moons. I also ate some along the way. So 2 mangos is more than enough. Arrange the slices in a circle in the cake pan.
  3. Melt 3 tbs of butter with the light brown sugar. Cook it over medium heat until it begins to bubble, and stir for 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the rum. Stir until it is smooth and fully mixed, then pour it slowly over the mangoes, making sure that the spaces between the mangoes are filled with goodness.
  4. Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Whisk together the dry ingredients - except the sugar.
  5. Beat the butter and sugar together until it is smooth. Beat in the egg yolks, again until smooth. Then beat in the lime juice, lime zest, and buttermilk. Now slowly beat in the dry ingredients until the batter is smooth. Gently fold in the egg whites. Now spread the batter over the mangos in the cake pan.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the cake is golden and a tester comes out clean. Cool for several minutes, then invert onto a plate. You should allow it to cool more before you eat it, but you probably won't!!!

Nutrition Info:


  • 2332 calories
  • 36g total fat
  • 21g saturated fat
  • 335mg cholesterol
  • 2836mg sodium
  • 465g carbohydrate (17g dietary fiber, 313g sugar)
  • 39g protein


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    Jacqueline S says: The nutritional information has to be way off.

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    aargersi says: I am pretty sure that's for the whole cake, not a slice ...

    about 1 year ago
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    Timnaustin says: What kind of dark rum do you recommend??? Hmmm let me think! It was delicious with your mango sorbet!

    over 2 years ago Reply to this »
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    midge says: I was thinking about dreaming up a cake for this contest but looks like you've got it wrapped up with this beauty. Love it!!

    over 2 years ago Reply to this »
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    solitarycook says: This looks fantastic!

    over 2 years ago Reply to this »
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    nannydeb says: Rum, yum! This sounds terrific!

    over 2 years ago Reply to this »
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    sdebrango says: Oh wow, this is beautiful and I really love the buttermilk in the cake, the lime this is great.

    over 2 years ago Reply to this »

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