Making Pineapple upside-down cake by Marcus Wareing in Brazil

By Rosana McPhee •

Never one to shy away from the face of a challenge, Great British Chefs blogger Rosana McPhee from Hot & Chili didn't let the fact that she was in Brazil stop her from trying a Marcus Wareing recipe from our app. Let's see how she got on.

All photography by Rosana McPhee

Having purchased the Great British Chefs Feastive app  I was looking forward to try some of the recipes straight away.  However, my eminent holiday to Brazil was looming and as per usual I run out of time, so  I thought  I would try making Marcus Wareing's  Pineapple upside-down cake, with spiced rum caramel in a tropical surrounding , see if I could get all ingredients or if I would have to adapt if I couldn’t find some of it. In the spirit of Great British Chefs, which aims to connect its chefs with food lovers around the world, I set off to get the ingredients in my local street market and supermarket in Sao Paulo.

I found most of the ingredients without difficulty. But obviously, life is never simple...


Spiced Caramel

135 ml of glucose syrup – in Brazil is called Karo

175 g caster sugar

300 ml of cream

15g unsalted butter

5g salt

80ml rum

Pineapple Upside-down cake:

150g butter, softened

150g of self-raising flour – in Brazil we don’t have this type of flour, so I used plain flour and added 1 tea spoon of baking powder

150g of  caster sugar

2 eggs

1 pinch of salt

4 fresh pineapples cut to fit my ramekins

To plate:

This recipe asks for fresh clotted cream, which comes from Devon and Cornwall – so not available in Brazil.  I looked outside my window in a balmy 30C afternoon thinking how to get around it, so I got vanilla ice cream to accompany this cake. That was fitting with the present weather.


Heat the cream. Saturate the glucose syrup and sugar with a little water and put on high heat. Cook a dark caramel.

Keep simmering until fully emulsified and thick. Take it off the heat and whisk in the butter, salt and rum. Set aside.

To make the cake, heat the oven to 180C. Cream the butter and sugar till pale and fluffy. Slowly beat in the eggs and mix well. Fold in the flour and the salt.

Butter well the moulds; I used ramekins, put enough caramel into them to cover the base. Reserve the rest of the caramel. Put a pineapple ring in each mould.

Fill the rest of the moulds with the cake mixture and put into the oven to cook. When light brown, remove from the oven and let it cool. Carefully slide the cakes from their moulds.

Plate it and decorate with the rest of the caramel and a quenelle of cream or ice cream!

My presentation was far from perfect, but this time I quite liked the rustic look of it. My mother loved it.  This cake is easy to make, the sponge is light and toffee/caramel pineapple was full of flavour and textures.  In this case, the ice cream was a good substitute for the clotted cream. The instructions are uncomplicated if you have a bit of baking experience.

I love the suggestion of wine paring; to be able to effortlessly share the recipe and experience on social media or via email.

I'm looking forward to try more recipes soon.  To buy the app, a great stocking filler for a foodie:



Blog post for Great British Chefs by Rosana McPhee  Recipes from Marcus Wareing’s celebratory menu can be downloaded on Great British Chefs Feastive App.

What ingredients do you wish it was easier to buy in supermarkets or corner shops? What will you be baking as a dessert over Xmas? We’re discussing these questions over on Great British Chefs’ Facebook page.


Rosana McPhee

Rosana McPhee was born in Brazil and she has been living in London for the last 20 years.  She created a food blog at www.hotandchilli.com, where she writes about her adventures in food, including some ideas and recipes from her native Brazil. You can follow Rosana on Twitter: @Rosana_McPhee

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