Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

15 Sep

I’m so excited because this is my first post and I happen to love pineapple upside-down cake.  The recipe I use is adapted from one I found on Epicurious and it is absolutely amazing.

For topping:

  • 1/2 medium pineapple; peeled, quartered lengthwise and cored
  • 3/4 stick unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

For batter:

  • 1  1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 to 3 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp dark rum
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 2 tbsp dark rum for sprinkling over cake

Preheat oven to 350

Make topping:

Cut pineapple crosswise into 3/8-inch thick pieces.  Melt butter in 10″ cast iron skillet. Add brown sugar and simmer over moderate heat, stirring, 4 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Arrange pineapple on top of sugar mixture in concentric circles, overlapping pieces slightly.

Make butter:

Sift together flour, cardamom, baking powder and salt.  Beat butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, then gradually beat in granulated sugar.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in vanilla and rum.  Add half of flour mixture and beat on low-speed just until blended (batter may appear slightly curdled).

Spoon batter over pineapple topping and spread evenly.  Bake cake in middle of oven until golden and a tester comes out clean, about 45 minutes.  Let cake stand in skillet 5 minutes.  Invert cake onto a plate, sprinkle rum over cake and place on wire rack to cool.

The following are changes I made…..

  • canned pineapple and maraschino cherries
  • omit cardamom
  • 1/2 brown and 1/2 white sugar in batter
  • light rum instead of dark
  • sprinkle 1 tbsp of rum and 1 tbsp pineapple juice over cake
  • baked in normal cake pan vs cast-iron skillet

I made this cake for a birthday celebration we are having at work tomorrow for several co-workers.  I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do!


Posted by on September 15, 2010 in Cakes


2 responses to “Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

  1. Tatiana Mahoney

    September 18, 2010 at 1:35 AM

    This cake really looks yummy. It’s too bad I am not eating it right now. Alas, I will have to wait to make it. Is it possible to get the full recipe in the same page? It would really help me out. Thanks

  2. Comfy Cook

    September 19, 2010 at 7:20 AM

    Does this mean, I am your first commenter. Welcome to the foodie world of blogs and to Sweet Melissa Sundays. You will find me at Sweet Melissa under my other blog, My Sweet and Savory.

    Your first recipe is beautiful and inviting. You certainly sold me.

    I am looking forward to sharing your buttermilk pie. My pie crust fell apart. I have to have a do over but it is still good.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. My email is found on My Sweet and Savory.


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