Thursday, August 13, 2009

Foodie Friday: Pineapple Upside Down Cake


My mom taught me how to make pineapple upside down cake in a cast iron pan. She's with me right now, while Bandwith and I help her recover from surgery. It's been a rough road for her, but she's doing better every day. She sends her love to all of you. I'm posting an oldie this week, but I hope you enjoy it.

Meanwhile, if you are participating in this week's Foodie Friday, Mr. Linky awaits your recipe. I'm sorry to post early today, but here it is.


Pineapple Upside-Down Cake (cooked in cast iron)
When it comes to pineapple-upside down cake, I'm sure there are easier recipes, but I've never tasted one quite this delicious. Maybe it's the cast-iron pan, or maybe it's the beaten egg whites. Whenever I serve this cake, there are never any leftovers.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Meanwhile, over a low flame, melt 1/2 cup unsalted butter in a (pre-seasoned) cast-iron skillet. Spoon in 1 cup (packed) brown sugar. Mix and turn off the heat.

Gather:
one 20-ounce can pineapple slices (drain, reserving 1/4 c juice)
Maraschino cheerries
pecan halves
Arrange the pineapple slices over the brown sugar mixture. Cut left-over slices in half, and use them to line the sides of the skillet, cut sides facing in. Stick a cherry in the center of every pineapple circle. Press the pecan halves between the pineapple slices.

Prepare
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 egg yolks (reserve whites in separate bowl)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla (real vanilla)

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, then run your hands through it. Or, if you are the finicky sort, use a sifter. Plug in an electric mixer and beat the egg yolks until they are thick. Very slowly, add the sugar. Spoon in the flour, baking powder, and salt mixture. Add the vanilla.

Pour the mixture of egg whites into a deep bowl. Beat them with a mixer on high. When stiff peaks form, stop beating. Using a rubber spatula, fold the whites into the batter. Gently spoon the batter over the pineapple.

Bake 50 minutes.
Remove from the oven and invert, without cooling, onto a serving platter.
Yield: 12 servings

51 comments:

  1. its wonderful you are all taking such good are of your mom. i hope you are spoiling her silly with you cooking as she is on her road to recovery. great looking recipe, thanks for hosting all the goodies to come~

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  2. Love your page and visit often.Thanks for sharing. :)

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  3. Glad to hear your Mother is doing better. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  4. Looks like a very yummy recipe. And easy too...

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  5. This is my husband's favorite dessert -- and I've not made it in "forever" -- it is an old fashioned dessert!

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  6. Glad to hear your mom is doing well and is staying with you to recover. I've thought of her several times this past week and was wondering how she was doing.

    My grandma used to make pineapple upside down cake in a cast iron skillet just like that. It's one of my dad's favorites and she would often make one for his birthday.

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  7. Thank Goodness, your mom is doing better. She is probably loving all the attention you are giving her.

    I love pineapple upside down cake but have never made it in a cast iron skillet. I just might have to try this.

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  8. Thank you for the recipe! It looks and sounds fabulous, cannot wait to give it a try.

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  9. Hi,
    This looks delicious, can't wait to try it. I hope your mom has a speedy recovery and with your help I'm sure she will. Enjoy your day and thanks for the recipe.
    Maryrose

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  10. Sending good wishes that your mother continues to improve; I know your loving care will help make that happen much sooner.

    Your beautiful up-side-down cake reminds me so much of my own mother and grandmother's cooking... Sooo good! xo

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  11. So glad that your mom is doing better... Your love & care will help! Great recipe!!! It was my fathers favorite dessert... Thanks for the memories.

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  12. I love pineapple upside down cake. YUM! Hope your daughter recovers quickly and completely!

    Christi

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  13. I am so relieved that your mother is doing better, Gollum! I know she is thankful to have you and Bandwish taking such good care of her. Wishing all of you well! :-)

    XO,

    Sheila (who is on blog break but wanted to check on your mother)

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  14. I love this...so glad your mother is doing better....thanks for sharing...Pat H

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  15. * GG, that looks sooooo GOOOOD that I KNOW I'd eat toooo much, and THEN, N*O*T be able to fit into my size 8 ~~~ (but them again, you don't WEAR this "cake" on yer RING FINGER, I guess!!!)~ Insert happy, silly smile here!

    Please give yer Mom a greaaaat big hug from ALL of us... Jim, Belle and ME, TOO!!!!!!!

    Big hugs,
    Linda *

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  16. Hi ML, this looks wonderful...again! I wish I could eat a slice...or 3!!! So glad to hear your Mom is feeling a little better each day. Give her XOXO's from all of us out here! Pinky

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  17. I can't believe it. I've never had pineapple upside down cake! And I love pineapples. Apparently I have been living under a rock. Need to try this recipe. Thanks! :)

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  18. Don't think I've ever made one of these but this sure is tempting me to try! Hope your Mom is doing better.
    - The Tablescaper

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  19. I suspect this is a delicious cake. I'm so glad your mother continues to improve. You are all in my thoughts.
    Blessings...Mary

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  20. I have not had a real one in many years--since it came from my own mother's cast iron skillet. Thanks for reminding me. Best wishes for continued speedy recovery to your mom. Don't forget to take good care of the nurses too :)--you and Bandwith!

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  21. YUM! I can't wait to try this delicious recipe! Thanks for sharing.

    Hope you Mom is on the speedy road to recovery with all your fantastic TLC!

    Best,
    Debbykay

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  22. Hello Gollum & Mom~ ~ ~
    Please give your Mom a BIG HUG for me. I'm sending get well wishes your way. My Mom is living with us and she gets the biggest kick out of looking at my blog and seeing all of you who come to visit. She can't get her mind wrapped around this "computer thing." It amazes her that I can share pictures with all of you this way. Makes me laugh.
    I'm sharing an oldie too this week. It's one of my favorites.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  23. I Adore pineapple upside down cake! Thanks for anouther FF! Hope your Mother is doing well. All our prayers and love sent your way!

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  24. O, Gollum, I thought that was the ONLY way to cook a Pineapple Upside Down Cake. My mama taught me..I taught my daughter...i still cook it the same way. I truly thought that everyone cooked them in a cast iron skillet...Live and learn, hu?
    So glad your mom is doing better. Prayers for all of you..
    xo bj

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  25. Oh, that sounds so delicious, I want a piece right now!!! I will have to wait till I get some whole pineapple slices I guess. This way sounds a lot more tasty!! I'm sure your Mom loves you taking such good care of her.

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  26. Our housekeeper who helped raise us, Mary Alice, always made us one of these cakes during the holidays. Thanks for reminding me of how wonderful they are. Hope your mom is great and in the mean time I bet you spoil her silly.
    Happy Twirls

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  27. I'm glad to hear your mother is recovering. Be sure to send our love to her as well. I haven't baked an upside down cake in awhile. Instead of pineapple I usually use peaches. Yes, I know a bit strange but I prefer peaches over pineapple.. lol.. Mother always baked hers in a cast iron skillet as well. Thanks for the repeat of your recipe..
    hugs ~lynne~

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  28. Hope your precious mother is soon feeling better. This cake reminds me so much of my sweet Nana's skillet cakes!! She always made them in her cast iron skillet & used maraschino cherries, too, but I don't think she used the pecans. I'll have to try that!

    Big Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  29. I have never attempted an upside down cake --- but I just might have to!
    Cass

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  30. Michael, I am so glad to here your Mom is on the road to recovery, we don't heal as well when we get older and it seems to take forever.

    I think you and I have a common interest...cast iron posts. I couldn't cook without mind, anxious to try your cake.

    Barbar

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  31. Love this! I have made a similar one myself. I'm doing one next week for Crock Pot Wednesday. You'll have to come check it out. Thanks for checking on me. We are feeling better -- just not eating much yet. That's probably a good thing in my case:) Glad your mom is better.

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  32. Looks yummy. Glad your mother is doing better. And I am sure you guys are taking very good care of her. Have a wonderful week-end.

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  33. My mom used to love making this too.Hope your mom feels better soon. We all wish her well :) You have a lovely site and I'd love to guide our readers to your site if you won't mind.Just add your choice of foodista widget to this post and it's all set to go, Thanks!

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  34. My dad was ill for several years and we cared for him through different surgeries. He passed away in December 2006 and I so cherish all of the time we had with him. There is really nothing more important to me than caring for those I love - the moments that cost nothing but create a life full of riches beyond belief.

    I am glad to hear that your mom is doing better and that those she loves are by her side.

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  35. There is something about cooking in cast iron that just makes everything better. A perfect example is cornbread, just isn't the same when not cooked in a cast iron skillet.

    Glad to hear you mother is feeling better!

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  36. I love that you used a cast iron skillet.

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  37. Your cake sounds delicious! I haven't had pineapple upside down cake in years.

    Hope your mom gets feeling better soon!

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  38. My love to your mother. And, of course, my prayers, too.

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  39. Looks delicious!! I am going to have to join your Foodie Friday. Stop by I am having 2 Giveaways. Connie

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  40. Thought I'd join in the fun for the first time. I like cooking, so I'll be back to see what's up!

    The pineapple upside down cake looks great! but I'd rather do it in 13x9 - I remember SCRUBBING cast iron pans out for my mom when I was younger and it's a pain! =)

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  41. This was the only way my mother made her pineapple upside down cake ... I can't tell you how much I enjoyed your post today ... and I am so glad your mother is on the road to recovery. Take care and enjoy your weekend.

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  42. Hi Dear Gollum! Oh, I'm sorry to hear your mother had to have surgery. Hope her recovery is quick. You're a darling to tend to her. Believe me, I know how much energy it takes.
    Pineapple Upside Down Cake is one of my favorites of all time. I'm going to copy this recipe and make it when I get home. (I'm traveling and got a new laptop so I could take Blogland with me)! I've so enjoyed my summer - reading your lovely books. I've just started "Mermaids in the Basement". Great! Take care of mother, you and your family!
    Be a sweetie,

    Shelia ;)

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  43. Thank you for taking the time during your mom's recovery to think of us, too. Pineapple upside-down cake is one of my all-time favorites. It's soul food. As is Gollum to the heart.

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  44. Evening, Dear Gollum. Just checking in and hope your mother is doing better! You and your family are in my prayers!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelai :)

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  45. Thanks for reposting this...I have got to try this recipe! Give your sweet Mom a hug for me! I know she's in great hands, right now.
    Susan

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  46. Pineapple upside down cake, looking great, you have to solve my problem of making it.

    Nicole

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  47. Wow!Yum!Yum! delicious... I will definitely try this one. thank you for sharing your precious recipe. God bless!!!

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  48. Thanks for sharing us the recipe of Pineapple Upside-Down Cake; I will make it by today itself.......please keep sharing such a recipe with us..........

    Nicole

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  49. How I love getting this recipe! My Mother use to bake one of these every Sunday for lunch, between that and Daddy favorite Coconut Cake. I have not had one since I was 20 years old. This is the way my Mother made hers. I tried once, but not know what all she used it was a train wreck! Tell you Mother Thank you from the bottom of this Mississippi Girl heart!

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  50. Oh help, I'm a little confused. I see that we reserve 1/4 cup of juice from the pineapple - - does that end up in the cake batter ? (because that's where I'm about to throw it) ... was following this recipe from the Consuming Passions book, and have now found your very wonderful blog. How beautiful!

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