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Tomato Upside-Down Cake

Bijouxs Little Jewels | Tomato Upside-Down Cake

TOMATOMANIA!!  It sounds like a campy 50’s movie, but tomato recipes are the stars of this show. This show recipe therefore warranted a “director’s cut.” Bijouxs latest little jewel recipe with the power of memory & little humor – Tomato Upside-Down Cake.

Yes, cooks Tomatomania! has struck the Bijouxs kitchen, again. Long ago, ‘when the world was steady’ (my way of citing former good economic times) Tomatomania! was held in my own backyard of Pasadena, at Hortus, a charming (now closed) plant nursery that was founded 20 years ago. The events featured every kind of tomato variety, a chance to grow and learn about summer’s most storied little garden jewels. Tomatomania! productions still are live in early Spring.

Fast forward. Today I am beginning a tiny little garden back in the climate I love, and what do I see, but an ad for a cookbook (yes, another to add to the collection) called Tomatomania! by the event founder Scott Daigre. Bring it to me Amazon. What a joy to know that Tomatomania! lives on and good tomato growing tips and recipes. Ahh, the power of memory.

Tomato Upside-Down Cake, what could be simpler & sweeter? A light cornmeal cake topped with a buttery-brown sugar crust, encrusting sweet slices of heirloom tomatoes. This is a unique must-try recipe, with very pleasing results. In prepping, cooking and photographing recipes for my website, so many ideas come to mind about how to convey the recipes.

Bijouxs Little Kitchen JewelsTomato Upside-Down Cake |

My years around Hollywood made me familiar with a term ‘director’s cut’–an edited version of a film (or visual project) that is supposed to be the director’s own approved edit. I have never thought about my artistic version of the images behind the recipes–black & white for colorful tomatoes? What? Well, that’s what caught my eye. I have always had a love for black & white photography, sans color, but loaded with texture. So, I included my ‘director’s cut’ images, the behind the scenes little jewels, just for fun.

Bijouxs Little Kitchen JewelsTomato Upside-Down Cake | Tomato Upside-Down Cake

Bijoux Little Kitchen Jewels | Tomato Upside-Down Cake

Bijouxs Little Jewels | Tomato Upside-Down Cake

Join me in Tomatomania! and enjoy this lovely Tomato Upside-Down Cake, a new little jewel in the Bijouxs Kitchen. Happy Summer!

As always, enjoy. B

5 thoughts on “Tomato Upside-Down Cake

  1. Wow I know Scott very well. Though it’s been a few years since I’ve seen him. Love this sweet and savory take on cake. GREG

    1. Very cool! I loved those events, those days. Thank you Greg!

  2. This was so interesting. I think I should have cooked mine a little longer because my middle was a bit soggy but I thoroughly enjoyed making something so unique. My husband loved it.

    1. Hi Jen,

      Thanks writing in. Hum, I wonder if the middle was soggy from excess liquid from the tomatoes, or if the the cake was actually uncooked? My guess it was excess liquid from the tomatoes, which have to be drained before baking. Baking with fruit can cause this to occur, has happened to me on other recipes:) I love this recipe because it is unusual and it is adapted from “Tomatomania!” which originated in Pasadena, CA. The book has lots of good info on growing tomatoes as well. Have a great summer!

      1. A pound of tomatoes equaled almost two layers (1 & 1/2, really) of tomatoes. That was probably my mistake. Yours clearly has one layer. The top was pretty golden so I pulled it for fear of overcooking. I may have shortchanged it 5 minutes or so. Regardless, I’m making it again soon so and will change my ways, haha!

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