I'm head over heels with this pineapple upside down cake recipe! Not
only is it easy to make, it also brings the flavour of the tropics right
into your home. I found
and it has the unusual twist of adding lime for that an extra Carribean
punch of flavour into the cake. And I love the addition of pecan nuts.
It is caramelized and flavored with pineapple, it's my favorite part of
Originally, pineapple upside down cakes were cooked in a frying pan.
The butter and brown sugar were melted together, pineapple rings
artfully arranged all around, occasionally maraschino cherries dotted
the rings to make it more fancy, then a white cake is poured over and
baked. Once baked, the pan is flipped over and voila, a showcase of
caramelized pineapple and gooey sauce on top or the cake.
Since I didn't own a frying pan that would not melt in the oven, I used a
regular 9" round cake pan. I made the butter and brown sugar
separately and poured into the pan. I used fresh cherries that I had in
hand. I also like to brush a bit of rum on the top just to umph that
tropical flavour. This cake is best eaten warm with whipped cream.
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Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
14 oz (400 mL) can pineapple slices
1/2 cup pecan halves
cherries, fresh or glazed (optional)
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
Finely grated zest of 1 lime
1 tbsp. lime juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preaheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9" round cake pan.
Melt butter in a sauce pan. Add the brown sugar and stir until
dissolved and bubbly. Carefully pour in the cake pan. Arrange slices
of pineapple, cherries and pecans on the top.
In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
Add in milk and oil, whisk for about a minute.
Add in the rest of the ingeredients until whisk again until blended.
Pour batter in prepared cake pan and bake for approx. 30 minutes.
The cake is ready when an inserted wooden skewer or cake tester comes
out clean or when cake springs back when lightly pressed with a finger.
Invert into a serving platter. Serve with whipped cream and enjoy!
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