There’s a type of cake that comes out of Georgia that’s chock full of pecans and coconuts and oh my… is it delightful. It’s kind of like someone left the chocolate out of a German chocolate cake and let that sticky-crunchy-sweetness from the pecan-coconut combo really shine. It’s creamy and light, a little bit chewy with a little bit of crunch, and it always leaves us feeling inspired. So we took that inspiration and made this cake, which has all of the lovely qualities of the original but is, you know, an upside down version. Which is a really great thing. Here’s why:
Upside-down cakes tend to be quite a bit simpler to make than an elaborate layer cake. There’s no frosting to deal with. No layers to stack. You just sprinkle the topping down in the bottom of the pan before pouring your batter over. And in this case, that topping is chopped pecans, sweet coconut, a touch of cinnamon and vanilla, and butter and brown sugar that melts together as it bakes. When it comes out of the oven and you invert the cake, all of that goodness oozes down into and over the cake and those crunchy, now-candied pecans rise out of the top, just begging you to dig in.
Making this as an upside-down cake means that it’s also a one-bowl cake. After the topping goes into the baking pan, the batter mixes up in one bowl, which means there aren’t a lot of dishes to wash, but there’s still a lot of moist and tender cake to go around. It’s easy enough that you’ll want to make it every day, and it’s tasty enough to justify it too. Happy baking!