I stumbled across this recipe: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2009/03/caramel_date_upside_down_cake and I love dates so I had to try it.
The recipe calls for making the caramel right in the pan it is going to bake in which was interesting to do. Butter and sugar caramelized is so good!
After the caramel is all ready the sliced dates get arranged in the pan.
Ready to go into the oven.
Fresh out of the oven!
I think the cake needed a little more caramel on the top but other than that I am happy with how it came out.
A fun choice with a lot of possibilities! Thank you for posting how to make buttermilk as it was very useful.