Tangerine Upside Down Cake

Tangerine-Upside-Down-Cake.jpgTangerine slices, I came to realize, are beautiful on a cake but I screwed up.  In order to get the bitter flavor out of the rind before I assembled this, I should have blanched the slices. I’d simply substituted them for the lemons in the Lemon Upside Down Cake recipe published in the LA Times Food Section.  Bad cook.

You, dear readers, need to learn from my mistakes and know these things. As in, do what I say, not what I do.  Why did I substitute, considering we own a heavily laden lemon tree? The day earlier, I hightailed it to Ojai for a huge haul of tangerines like these. Let me save you some grief – follow the original recipe and use lemons.  The cake is dense and not too sweet, I shouldn’t have messed with it.  GO HERE for that recipe, published back in 2008.

The occasion was a potluck meetup of LA’s absolute TOP food bloggers – the Food Bloggers LA (FBLA) group. The Idaho Potato Commission hosted “Potatoes & Pinot” themed dinner at my home, and Don Odiorne from IPC walked the bloggers through how his own efforts working with bloggers is making a splash.

Mine was the only non-potato ingredient dish, but considering the meetup was at my home, I was forgiven.

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1 Gaye Burnsed April 4, 2012 at 4:04 am

I actually had tangerine upside down cake at “Diner” in Brooklyn and was inspired to make it. I used another recipe and put in lots of tangerine zest, but peeled the tangerines before slicing them and it turned out amazing.

2 Jill Mant~a SaucyCook March 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm

What a rebel you are! First you use tangerines when clearly instructed to use lemons and then you present a fruit dish when you are told potatoes! I think I love you!! And funny you should talk about cooking mishaps…we’ve been having our fair share of them over at SaucyCooks. You can’t win if you don’t play and without experimentation we will never discover new delights! Cheers!

3 joanne opdahl March 17, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Love your honesty! Thanks for sharing so we can all learn from your experiment.

4 Worth The Whisk March 12, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Faith, then it will be OUR mission to enlighten the world of this potential mistake, LOL.

5 Faith Kramer March 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I made the same mistake once. looked gorgeous, tasted horrendous.

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