Pineapple Upsidedown Cake

  
By:  Raven Wing  •  last year  •  12 comments


Pineapple Upsidedown Cake
 

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This is one of our family favorites. The recipe comes from my Paternal Great-Grandmother, and has been passed down to each new generation. I hope you enjoy it.

INGREDIENTS:

Topping:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup dark brown sugar (firmly packed)
1 small jar of Maraschino cherries
1  20 oz can of pineapple slices (rings)
1 tablespoon of pineapple juice

Cake: 

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

     2. Melt butter and mix with brown sugar and pineapple juice and spread the mixture evenly in a well buttered 9 x 12 inch cake pan. Pat the pineapple very dry between several sheets of paper towel, and arrange it evenly on top of the sugar mixture.  Place a cherry in the center of each ring.

     3. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.

      4. In a large mixing bowl, cream the softened butter with the sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture in three parts alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat well after each addition. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.

      5. Place the cake in the middle of the oven. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a tester or wooden toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan on a rack for 5 minutes. Run a thin knife around the edge, and invert the cake onto a plate. Serve the cake warm or at room temperature. 

 

Variations:

Use boxed cake mix, such as white or yellow (follow cake mix directions). If I use a boxed cake mix I prefer French Vanilla cake mix. It gives the cake a richer, deeper flavor. 

Use crushed pineapple instead of the rings. I put the pineapple slices in the small food chopper, but, you can also use well drained canned crushed pineapple.

Add pecans or walnuts (crushed or halves) with the topping mix.

Use a 10" round skillet instead of a cake pan (cast iron works good) 

 


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Raven Wing
1  author  Raven Wing    last year

You can try your own variations of fruit for the cake topping, but, make sure it is not too juicy or it will make the cake soggy.

 
 
 
Kathleen
1.1  Kathleen  replied to  Raven Wing @1    last year

One of my favorite cakes. Really looks good Raven. I am going to bake this Friday.  Thanks for posting this...

 
 
 
Raven Wing
1.1.1  author  Raven Wing  replied to  Kathleen @1.1    last year

You're most welcome, Kathleen. The real secret to getting the pineapple upsidedown cake to turn out properly is in the flipping it over. I  made a mess of my share of them until I learned how to get the flipping right. (grin)

 
 
 
Kathleen
1.1.2  Kathleen  replied to  Raven Wing @1.1.1    last year

I am the only one in my house that likes it. My husband and daughter won’t eat it. So it looks like I will give some to my elderly neighbors next door. : )

 
 
 
TTGA
1.2  TTGA  replied to  Raven Wing @1    last year

Super cake Raven.  I'm not usually big on cake but this one is definitely the exception.  My wife has found that it works really well if she puts a layer of crushed pineapple down besides the rings.  Makes the cake a bit moister but still not soggy.  Totally good.

The real secret to getting the pineapple upsidedown cake to turn out properly is in the flipping it over.

We've found that it helps to turn the platter over and set it on top of the cake pan.  Then, holding them together, flip them over quickly.  Once in the proper position, a few taps on the bottom of the pan with the handle of a knife will usually make the cake come loose.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
1.2.1  author  Raven Wing  replied to  TTGA @1.2    last year
We've found that it helps to turn the platter over and set it on top of the cake pan.  Then, holding them together, flip them over quickly.

Yes, that is what I do. Having tried various ways at first, I found that is the best way to do so that it helps prevent Ooops with the cake on the floor or spread all over the counter trying to turn it over on the platter. jrSmiley_78_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2  Trout Giggles    last year

I'm the only one who likes this cake. I would make it but then I would have to eat the whole thing.

Wait...am I really complaining about that?

 
 
 
TTGA
2.1  TTGA  replied to  Trout Giggles @2    last year
Wait...am I really complaining about that?

My thoughts exactly.  We have a tradition that whoever has a birthday in our family gets to choose whatever kind of cake that they want (and whatever is made for dinner).  Mine is always this type of cake.

So it looks like I will give some to my elderly neighbors next door. : )

But gee, Kathleen, I'm sort of elderly and only 1,000 miles away.jrSmiley_101_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Kathleen
2.1.1  Kathleen  replied to  TTGA @2.1    last year

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Raven Wing
2.2  author  Raven Wing  replied to  Trout Giggles @2    last year

I love it but it makes too much for me alone, so I take part of it and give the rest to my Granddaughter and her friends. No waste around here. (grin)

 
 
 
MUVA
3  MUVA    last year

Has anyone ever heard of a desert called delight it is made wit a gram cracker crust and banana pudding whip cream basically sugar.

 
 
 
Kathleen
3.1  Kathleen  replied to  MUVA @3    last year

I would like to try that though.

 
 
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