I’ve been making pineapple upside down cakes all week for Winterlicious at the hotel. All Ive been seeing at work is pineapple after pineapple, so I just assumed the universe is screwin’ with me here. When the universe puts salt in your wound.. make a salty, blood cake? I don’t know what the moral is here, but this cake is damnably good. Its just sickly sweet this cake, which is always alright by me. The brown sugar and butter caramelize into a sauce and sink down into the cake, and all around the edges it gets crispy and tastes like crunchy bits of Werthers Originals and the pineapple gets soft and sexy. It’s nice. I like it.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Makes 1 8×8 cake pan
Time: 15 minutes prep, 30 minutes baking time
9 rings of pineapple, fresh or canned
1/2 cup melted butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla + a dash or two of rum
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup soft butter
1/2 cup buttermilk
Mix together melted butter and brown sugar. Pour in bottom of parchment lined pan. Place pineapple rings 3×3 in the pan. Put a cherry in the middle of each ring if you have them.
Whisk together eggs, 1/2 cup buttermilk and vanilla in a small bowl with a fork.
In bowl of mixer whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add in softened butter and buttermilk. Beat on low speed until moistened and then on medium speed for 1 1/2 minutes until you have a stiff batter.
Add 1/3 of the egg mixture at a time, beating for 20 seconds and scraping down the bowl after each addition.
Pour out batter on top of pineapples in pan and spread evenly.
Bake at 350 until a toothpick stuck in the centre comes out clean, 30-40 minutes.
Let cool 5 minutes from the oven before unmoulding on to a plate. Pour any juices on top of cake.
** This would also be amazing with chunks of apple and a bit of cinnamon added into the batter!
Here’s one I made at work before it went into the oven. This cake reminds me of my Gram, who is the only person I know who used to make, and LOVE this cake. Its so visually appealing, I want to wallpaper my bedroom with this!