A few weeks ago we had some family friends over. We had missed Papa Andy’s birthday (ack!), and so I wanted to make him something special when he came over. I found out his favorite dessert is Pineapple Upside Down Cake, and though I had never made it before I was determined to find a good recipe and make it. I was on a mission…
I searched on Pinterest (LOVE) and found so many recipes, but I didn’t want to “cheat” by using a box cake mix like so many of the recipes called for. I wanted to do it the “real” way, from scratch. I finally found this recipe. Let me tell you, not only was it good, I impressed our dinner crowd of 6- plus Gary and the kids- with my mad skillz. Heck, I even impressed myself! This is a recipe I will absolutely be making again, and I suggest you try it too! It is AMAZING!!!
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 can sliced pineapple
10 maraschino cherries, stemmed
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter, melted
2 tsp almond extract
Preheat oven to 325F.
In 9in round cake pan, smooth together 1/2 cup of melted butter and brown sugar.
Arrange pineapple slices in concentric form, or as you wish.
Fill pineapple holes with maraschino cherries.
In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
Separate eggs, putting yolks in small bowl and whites in large mixer bowl.
Whisk whites until soft peaks form, gradually raining in granulated sugar until incorporated. Combine yolks with almond extract and last tablespoon of melted butter.
Carefully fold dry ingredients into egg white/sugar mixture until barely mixed and finish by folding in yolk mixture.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes clean (it took mine closer to 45-50 minutes, though I checked every 5 minutes or so to be sure it didn’t overcook). Remove from oven and wait 20-30 minutes before inverting onto cake plate (I didn’t do this either, we were in too big of a hurry to eat it)!
And because we were in such a hurry to eat it, I hardly got any pictures, AND I got no pictures of an individual piece on a pretty plate with a side of vanilla ice cream. You can picture it though, (right?), and it looks GOOD! Remind me to get a cake plate, by the way… These old plastic plates aren’t cuttin’ it.