Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake


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

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49 comments:

  1. Oh Michael- this is a special favorite of mine- just lovely! Hope all's well with T- he's been in my prayers
    xoxo Pattie

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  2. Beautiful cake, Michael! No leftovers means it must be delicious. I am saving this one to try!

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  4. Michael...the ONLY way to make a Pineapple Upside Down Cake is in a cast iron skillet! Yours is gorgeous :)

    Thanks for hosting us each week!

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  5. It looks so yummy! I'm gonna have to make this sometime. Thanks for sharing.
    Sandra

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  6. Ooops, let's try that comment again!

    Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...
    Michael... you've pulled some heartstrings with this one. My Nana used to make her famous Pineapple Up-Side-Down cake (which is much like yours, and in the cast iron skillet, too). It was one of my dad's favorites, so my mom would make it often as we were growing up. Yum!

    It's been a long time... I think I'll need to make one soon.

    Thanks for the memory jingle! xo ~m

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  7. I wonder why I always forget about this classic dessert, I remember people making it when I was a kid but not so much any more.

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  8. I haven't had Pineapple Upside Down cake forever! Sounds yummy!
    Thanks so much for hosting!
    ~Liz

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  9. Michael, I've never tried this before, and I'm not sure if I've ever had the famous dessert in any form. But, it sounds amazing, looks amazing, and I want some now! Thanks for sharing this recipe! :)

    Erin
    www.ekatskitchen.com

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  10. Michael Lee, What a flavorful and divine sweet treat! Cooking in cast iron gives that wonderful crusty, brown and yummy taste.
    This is a keeper recipe! I'm putting this on my must-make list!
    Your presentation is beautiful!
    Yvonne

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  11. I love pineapple upside down cake Michael. your version looks so light and delicious!

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  12. My mother always made this in a cast iron skillet and it was beyond delish! I think that's the only way to go ~

    Have a blessed weekend!
    Pat

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  13. Mmmm, Pineapple Upside Down Cake. I'd love to have all the ingredients on hand tonight (plus the engergy) to make this. Maybe tomorrow : ) Thanks for sharing this recipe, I look forward to comparing it to others I have and trying it out!

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  14. I feel wistfully nostalgic! This looks so good, Michael!

    Thank you for hosting another wonderful Foodie Friday!

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  15. Love this recipe.Pineapple is one of my favorite flavors,

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  16. Michael Lee,
    My grandmom made this in a cast iron skillet! Too wonderful.
    Sherry

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  17. I grew up on these cakes and love them to this day. Now, I'm hungry for one..
    Thanks for hosting, Gollum...

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  18. I am a Pineapple Lover! Your cake looks yummy. I have collected many pineapple "things" over 30 years and never tire of them!! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  19. That looks so good--I'll need to try that! A great way to enjoy pineapple!

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  20. I'm just going to have to break down and get a cast iron skillet. I haven't had one for 20 years or more. This looks delicious!

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  21. Hi Michael Lee,

    It looks exactly like the ones my mother made when I was a child (always in a cast iron skillet), except I don't think she added pecans. I'm surprised because I can her her voice saying, "Pecans make almost anything better!"

    I'll have to try your recipe. The ones I've made never tasted as good as Mother's did. Somehow I think your recipe contains the joyful magic. I have a family reunion this Saturday. Maybe I'll make two!

    Thank you for hosting. It's been a while since I participated. My post is LONG -- I hope people won't be bored to tears with it!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Kindest regards,
    Bill

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  22. The good old fashioned kind! I haven't had one in years--time to get out the skillet :) Thanks! Hope all is well!

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  23. This is the best way. One of m most favorites!!!!

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  24. Pineapple upside down cake is my dad's favorite. I remember eating this when I was little quite often before my parents broke up. Brings back nice memories.

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  25. Your pineapple upside down cake looks and sounds so delicious! My kids used to make it on the grill. Yours looks so perfect! Yummmmmm.

    Thanks for hosting!

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  26. The cake looks delicious and easy. I've always used a mix and have been looking for a good scratch recipe. What size cast iron skillet do you use? I have a 10" and 12". Sorry I messed up my link. I tried to fix it, and got 2 instead.
    Rita

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  27. Absolutely heavenly cake today! Thanks for the yummy treats for our party...happy weekend.

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  28. Pineapple upside down cake is such a classic favourite - and definitely one of mine! I love that your recipe has pecans in it. I have never used nuts in it before but love them so think it is an excellent addition. I'm going to have to finally give in and buy a cast iron skillet so I can make this!! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  29. I love pineapple upside down cake! Never made it in cast iron, I'll give it a try:@)

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  30. Pineapple upside down cake is a wonderful memory of younger days. My kids loved it. I gave my cast iron pans away. What kind of cook am I??? HA!
    This does sound delicious.
    Hugs,Jeanne

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  31. Michael, thanks for reminding me about this cake. Loved it growing up. I am going to make it this week-end!

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  32. Delicious recipe, Gollum!!! I love pineapple upside down cake and can't wait to try the egg white idea!

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  33. Yummy and beautiful at the same time.
    I haven't had this cake in years. Thank you for the recipe and all of your other wonderful things you share. Have a great week-end. Linda

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  34. Oh, what a gorgeous pineapple-upside down cake, Michael! It's my dad's favorite and yours looks especially good. :-)

    I linked up an ice cream made from unusual ingredients, but the combo works. ;-)

    Shirley

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  35. This looks amazing! I can't wait to look through all the recipes and to get inspired! I have read your photography notes...practicing daily! Three Pixie Lane

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  36. Pineapple Upside Down Cake was my Dad's favorite dessert. I haven't made one in a long time and your recipe sounds wonderful. I think I will have to make one in honor of my Dad.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

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  37. Looks great! I will give it a try!

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  38. Pineapple upside down cake! Have not had that in years, I think it is time again. Thanks for hosting this weeks Foodie Friday.

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  39. Hello Divine Miss M! That cake is one of my favorites and as a kid, I used to think my mother was using magic! Thanks for sharing your space with us this friday. My link is a lovely bacon cornbread with whole kernel corn in the batter. A very hearty Bittman recipe. Alex@amoderatelife

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  40. Pineapple Upside Down Cake is one of my favorite cakes. Yours looks so good!

    I linked my Lemon-Butter Broccoli recipe to Foodie Friday above. Thanks!

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  41. Oh yeah, I accidentally posted the wrong link the first time (entry #99). The correct one should be entry #101. Sorry about that! I wasn't sure how to delete the first entry.

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  42. It's the perfect time of year for a pineapple upside down cake .... need to haul out the cast iron skillet! Enjoy your weekend.

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  43. Thanks for hosting... beautiful cake!! Have a GREAT weekend!

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  44. Pineapple Upside Down Cake is pure comfort food. Yours looks so good.
    Thank You...

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  45. Michael, this looks so good. I have to admit that the number of Pineapple Upsidedown cakes I ahve had, I could count on one hand. My Mom was not a cook or baker:) Maybe I should give this a try. It sounds pretty easy and I DO have a cast iron pan!!! Have a great weekend. XO, Pinky

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  46. Without question, pineapple upside down cake cooked in an iron skillet is one of my favorite comfort food desserts. This one sounds like it is worth the trouble.

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  47. Pineapple upside down cake always brings back such fond, nostalgic memories. Am thinking it would make a heartwarming (though unexpected!) bridal shower cake.

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  48. Michael, I am soooo going to make this. I love pineapple upside down case, and I have had one in years. Yum! laurie

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