For whatever reason, I have had Pineapple Upsidedown Cake on my mind lately, so I decided that this Memorial Day weekend would be a great time to make one. The cherries and pineapple circles give it such a festive look!
This is a small cake, I used a 10″ round cake pan, but just the right size when you don’t have a lot of people to feed. Pineapple upside down cakes are a little heavier, and taste great warm with ice cream or whipped cream!
5 tbsp butter
1/2 c dark brown sugar
1 16oz can pineapple rings, drained – reserve juice
maraschino cherries (for the middle of the pineapple rings)
1 c unbleached flour, sifted
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 c pineapple juice (reserved from the rings above)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extractr
2 lg eggs
2/3 c sugar
Preheat the oven to 350°.
Place the butter in a 10″ round cake pan, place the pan in the oven until the butter is melted. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the brown sugar over the butter. Place the pineapple ring on top of the brown sugar and butter mixture. Place one cherry in the center of each pineapple ring.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl. In another bowl, beat the eggs until lemon-colored. Gradually sprinkle in the sugar and mix until well blended. Add the juice, mix, then slowly add the dry, sifted ingredients. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute, scraping the bowl until completely mixed.
Pour the batter over the top of the pineapple, spread out evenly. Bake for approximately 45 minutes, or until the center springs back when touched lightly. The sides of the cake should be barely pulling away from the edge of the pan.
After removing the cake from the oven, place a plate over the top of the pan, and flip it over. Leave the pan setting on the top of the plate for approximately 5 minutes. This will allow the brown sugar mixture to run down over the sides of the cake.
Remove pan, making sure that the pineapple is still in place on the top of the cake. Let it cool and set up before cutting.
Enjoy with some whipped cream, whipped topping or vanilla ice cream! Takes great slightly warm!