I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Meema's Pineapple Upside Down Cake

At my grandmother’s house this past Saturday she was telling us how popular pineapple upside down cake was when she was younger. If they were expecting company she would always bake one and everyone was always so impressed. In those days she said it was considered quite the fancy dessert and people felt very special to have one made for them. According to her no one bakes these anymore so she has taken it upon herself to reintroduce pineapple upside down cake to the family and we’re mighty glad she did, absolutely delicious and pretty too.

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup cake flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 can pineapple slices in syrup
maraschino cherries

Use an 8" square or round pan. Drain can of pineapple, saving the syrup. Place butter in 8" pan, melt in the oven while preheating to 375°F.

Sprinkle brown sugar over melted butter. Arrange whole pineapple slices and cherries (with cherries in centers of pineapple slices) over the brown sugar in pan. Cut some of the remaining pineapple slices into half circles, and then line the sides of the pan with them (standing up).

In a bowl, combine cake flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, softened butter, milk, egg, vanilla and 2 tablespoons of the pineapple syrup.

Pour batter into the pan being careful not to disturb the pineapples and cherries. Bake at 375°F for 30 to 35 minutes or until cake is golden and has pulled away from the edges slightly.

Remove from oven and allow to stand for a few minutes to set and then turn it upside down onto a serving dish. Serve while still warm.


Butta Buns said...

I've been WAITING for you to post pineapple upside down cake!!!! Our grandmothers must have been from the same mindset because she would make this all the time too and would reminisce about how fancy it was in her time. In fact, it was either this cake or brownies when it came to dessert in her house. I was actually surprised to find out later that the word dessert encompassed an entire array of sweets and not just those two things. But if given the choice, this was the one my brothers and I would always choose without fail.

Thank you for posting this!

Julie said...

You are welcome Butta Buns. Until my grandmother told me, I hadn't realized that pineapple upside down cake was considered a fancy dessert.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Julie, I absolutely love this cake - once I saw it at a TV food show and the cook used prunes instead of cherries. I prefer it with the cherries.

Julie said...

I agree Patricia as much as I love prunes I prefer the cherries with this particular cake.

marye said...

mmmmm! the picture looks great and I haven't made one o these in awhile..it may be time!

Julie said...

Enjoy Marye

ayseyaman said...

Hi Julie
I have tried Pineapple Cake before but it wasn't like this. Your cake's shape is so nice and yummy. :)

Julie said...

Thank you Ayseyaman

Anonymous said...

it is my father's birthday and i know that he loves pineapple upside down cake and i have been looking for a recipe that doesn't have all the frills. so thank you.

Julie said...

Hope that your Father enjoys it.

Anonymous said...

I make this every year for a girlfriend at work. She, and everyone else loves it! It does promote good memories. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

This cake does promote fond memories. I bake it every year for a friend at work. Everyone enjoys it so much!

Julie said...

Thank you Anonymous

Anonymous said...

do i have to use Pineapple ?
i dont got none

Julie said...

You may use some other type of fruit, the only thing it will change is the flavor.

milkdud005 said...

This is I the oven. ....it looks so food..and was easy...sure it will be delicious