the story tastes like upside-down cake

During the first full week of readings from Lent for Everyone: Mark we were all challenged by the many calls to lay aside the things that stop us from walking forward with Christ. The message was gentle and yet more intrusive than we often feel comfortable with. This conversion was a common theme. After our first meeting on Ash Wednesday Olive suggested that she would like to pull something out of the text to make for our second week together. She found a delicious comparison to the readings in an upside-down cake, which we thoroughly enjoyed!

‘Convert’: To turn around. (Latin)

On week two I made an Upside-down cake. There were references to repentance and ‘turning about’ in some of the readings during the week. I thought of ‘turn over’ or ‘turning around’ ‘making a fresh start’ or  ‘turning upside down’ and decided to make an upside down cake! ~ Olive

Image Upside-down Pineapple and Cherry Cake (Olive’s recipe)

  • 25g butter
  • 25g brown sugar
  • 1 medium can of pineapple rings
  • glacé cherries
  • 100g butter or margarine
  • 100g castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g self-raising flour (with plain flour use 1 and  a half level teaspoons of baking powder)
  • a little milk or water
  • few drops of vanilla essence

Spread the bottom of an oven proof dish or tin with the butter and sprinkle with the sugar. Arrange the well drained pineapple and glacé cherries on top.

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and fold in the sieved flour. Mix to a soft consistency with a little milk or water. Spoon the mixture into  the pineapple and cherries so that they are nicely covered.

Bake in the centre of a moderate oven- 170’C, 325’F or Gas Mark 3 for 50 or 60 minutes.

Turn out.

Serve hot or cold with ice cream or yogurt. I used a 7inch x 7 inch dish.

Ash Wednesday’s story tasted like: Honey Cake

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