Saturday, April 19, 2008

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Recipe

2/3 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar

Place the butter and brown sugar in a frying pan and melt until it boils or bubbles. A cast iron pan works well because it's heavy and will be less likely to scorch.

1 can pineapple slices
maraschino cherries (enough to fill centers of pineapples)

Place pineapples in the butter and sugar mixture. Put cherries in the center of the pineapple. Cut the slices of pineapple into halves and line the sides of the frying pan with them (standing up on edge).

Prepare a box of yellow cake mix following the directions on the box to mix the batter (do not bake in a separate pan; follow instructions below).

Pour the batter over the pineapple and cherries.

Bake at 350°F degrees. When the cake is done, loosen the edges with a butter knife. Remove from heat and allow to sit five minutes, then turn it upside down on a serving dish.

Optional: Instead of using a cake mix, you can prepare the batter from scratch using the recipe below, or any recipe for yellow cake.

Scratch Cake:
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk

Combine ingredients and beat 1 minute. Pour batter over pineapples and cherries (same as above). Bake at 350°F and follow same steps as above.
Alfred loved it! The girls did, too, though they picked off the pineapple & cherries. :)


Lady Laurie said...

Yum ~ I love this cake, then I tell myself its kinda healthy cause' it has fruit on it!!

Sacred Suzie said...

Awesome! I love the look of it, so clever to use the cherries like that and having the pkg of cake mix as a shortcut, genius. Thank you so much for sharing your cake with us! Yummy.

Sandcastle Momma said...

That cake looks delicious! I recently found your blog and am really enjoying reading about your progress in your home and yard. I feel for you - we are in the middle of a long term remodel and I know how difficult it is - but the results are so rewarding!

Christi said...

This is one of my husband's favorite desserts - but one I hardly ever make. Thanks for the inspiration - it's on the menu for tonight!

joan said...

Just had to comment on this because pineapple upside down cake is one of my very favorites and this looks wonderful. Hey is it low fat and no calories? LOL I'll still have a piece.