Friday, March 2, 2012

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake
It was my mother's "fake" birthday (long story, don't ask) and I wanted to bake her something that she hasn't had before.  I do not usually bake cakes, I am more of a bread, cookies, muffin type of girl, but cakes are also fun to make.  This cake, although a bit sweet for my liking, was a pretty big hit in my household.  It was gone the next day!  I have made some adjustments to what I made, less sugar and what not, but it should still turn out very good! Pretty certain it's something you haven't tried making yourself yet.  I was also fairly surprised at how easy it was to make! Anyways, try it out and see what you think!

Ingredients (about 6-8 servings):
3 tbsp butter (I used smart balance to stay healthy!)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 14-20 oz can pineapple slices
1 12 oz can maraschino cherries (without stems)
1/3 cup vegetable shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a 8x8 (or 9x9) square pan by placing it in the hot oven for about 3 minutes or until all butter is melted.
3. Sprinkle brown sugar over pan evenly.
4. Arrange pineapple slices on top of brown sugar, add a cherry in the middle of each slice.  (You can be as creative with your design of the placement of the fruits as you want.  I ended up using only 6 pineapple slices and 9 cherries.)
5. In a medium bowl, cream the shortening and sugar.
6. Add in the egg and vanilla.
7. In a small separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together.
8. Add half of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients (mixture from step 7 in mixture from step 5/6). Beat for about 10-15 seconds.
9. Add half the milk into overall mixture. Just stir enough combine.
10. Add remaining dry ingredients.  Beat again for about 10-15 seconds.
11. Add in remaining milk.  Stir enough to make sure the entire mixture is well combined and there are no big lumps anywhere.
12. Pour mixture over the pineapple and cherry arrangement.
13. Bake for about 45-55 minutes.  When inserting a toothpick into the middle of the cake, the toothpick should come out clean, indicating that it's done.  If not keep in the open for a few more minutes.
14. As soon as cake is done, take the serving plate, and place it on top of cake.  Turn the cake upside down onto the serving plare and leave for a about a minute.  Take off the square pan. (If any of the pieces of fruits happen to come off, just place them right back on!)
15. ENJOY!
Happy Birthday Ma!

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