Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Serves 10

Source: Winner of the 1925 Hawaiian Pineapple Company Recipe Contest

Pineapple Upside Down cake describes this cake very well: Pineapple is placed in the bottom of the baking pan and the batter is poured on top. When baked, the cake is flipped over so that the bottom becomes the top! This is not a fancy cake, but has a sweet, homey goodness to it that makes it a family favorite. Traditionally it was baked in a cast-iron skillet so that the topping got evenly caramelized, but most folks today don’t have a frying pan that has an oven-safe handle. A round or rectangular baking pan works just as well.

Topping:

2

Tbs

butter

 

 

60

ml

1

cup

brown sugar

8

ounces

230

grams

1

can

pineapple slices (20 ounce can)

 

 

570

grams

9

 

Maraschino cherries

 

 

 

 

Cake:

2

cups

flour

8

ounces

230

grams

2

tsp

baking powder

 

 

10

ml

tsp

salt

 

 

5

ml

cup

butter

4

ounces

115

grams

1

cup

sugar

7

ounces

 

 

2

large

eggs

 

 

 

 

cup

milk

 

 

125

ml

1

tsp

vanilla

 

 

5

ml

Preheat oven to 350F [175C].

Topping:

Drain the juice from the can of pineapple.
Melt the 2 Tbs butter in the bottom of a 10-inch [25 cm] baking pan.
Sprinkle the brown sugar over the melted butter.
Arrange the pineapple slices in the pan.
Place a Maraschino cherry in the center of each slice.

Cake:

Sift the flour and blend in the baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
Blend the egg yolks into the creamed mixture.
Alternately add the flour mixture and the milk to the creamed ingredients, blending after each addition.
Beat the egg whites until stiff.
Gently fold the whites into the batter then add the vanilla.
Pour the batter gently over the pineapple slices.

Bake for about 45 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean.

Variations:

Although not part of the original recipe, a handful (about 1/2 cup) of chopped pecans is a nice touch. Sprinkle over the brown sugar or between the pineapple slices.

You can also use a 20-oz can of crushed pineapple instead of the slices. Be sure to drain it well.

Notes:

Pineapple Upsidedown CakeI made this in spring of 2006 using the same ingredients but altering the method so that it was quicker to make. Instead of separating the eggs, simply beat them into the creamed mixture, then add the flour, milk and vanilla. I found it was just as good and still had a nice light texture. Fewer bowls to clean, too!

I didn’t have a 10-inch round pan at my disposal so I made it in a rectangular pan, about 8”x12” [20 cm x 35 cm:

 

 

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