Monday, April 5, 2010

A Special Favorite Lady....

told me she loves Pineapple Upsidedown Cake, so I made it the dessert for our Easter Dinner Celebration. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Use a 9 x 13" baking pan.
Ingredients: 1/4 Butter (substituting margarine not recommended due to taste.)
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar.
1 20 oz. can pineapple slices in pineapple juice, drained; keep the juice, it goes
in the cake.
12 maraschino cherries
1 package your favorite yellow cake mix (about 18 0z. size) (follow pkg directions)
oil, eggs and enough water, when combined with the pineapple juice makes 1 cup
Put the butter and brown sugar in the pan;put the pan in the hot oven to melt the butter; about 10 mins. Drain the pineapple slices and cherries for a few minutes on paper towels. Carefully remove the hot pan with it's really hot contents from the oven and carefully arrange the pineapple slices and cherries in the customary fashion. Or use your imagination, but be careful: hot. Set the pan aside while you make up the cake mix.
Pour the batter into the pan on top of the slices, butter, sugar, cherries. I have learned to put the cake pan on a baking sheet before putting it back in the oven. The directions I have says to bake it for 40-47 mins., but it always takes mine about an hour. It's done when it feels firmly springy to a light touch. Once it's out of the oven, let it stand about 3-5 minutes. Just time enough to go dig out a good presentation platter and give it a rinse and dry. Back to the still very hot cake: run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the cake. Place the platter face-down on top of the cake pan, then carefully, holding pan and platter firmly together, flip them over so the pineapple slices are face up. Carefully, but quickly, remove the backing pan. Great! Let it cool a bit; some people love it warm from the oven; or else you can serve it a room temperature. I always make mine the day before and just cover with aluminum foil. Due to the hot pan and ingredients and the need to turn the hot pan, this is not a good project for a young beginner, unless help is available.


  1. Hi Barb - This could be my Blog - I am a Grammy, I like to bike and read, and I LOVE pineapple upside down cake (or any other, for that matter!) Nice to "meet" you. I notice you have lupines coming up - I have them all over my land in the summer - I live in Breckenridge, CO.


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