Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pineapple Pick Me Up!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I've been feeling a little down lately with all the stress of preparing to move and listening to the caveman who lives below us swearing, ranting and raving all night long.  So to cheer myself up, I decided to infuse the space with the sweet fragrance of pineapple upside down cake.  I've always wanted to make one and happily discovered a simple looking recipe on vegweb.  Unfortunately, I was so anxious to taste the cake it came out of the oven without being tested and when we cut into it, the middle was like mush.  The cake is a basic white cake but the pineapple/brown sugar adds sufficient sweetness and moisture to make this an enjoyable, casual dessert.  

1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup pineapple juice/water (see below)
1/3 cup oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 20 oz can pineapple chunks in unsweetened pineapple juice
1/4 cup UNPACKED brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

Pour juice off can of pineapple into 1 cup measuring cup - it should be about 3/4 cup juice. Add water to make 1 cup.  In a separate bowl, combine oil, vinegar and juice.

Dump pineapple chunks into the bottom of a 12 inch spring form pan (you could use an 8x8 or other sized spring form, just adjust cooking time). Sprinkle with brown sugar.

Quickly mix wet ingredients into dry, stirring quickly to combine ingredients well and get out the big lumps. Pour into pan on top of the pineapple/brown sugar mix.

Bake for 25-35 minutes or until golden on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Baking time will depend on pan size.

Let cool and loosen sides of cake from pan. Remove side ring and place serving plate on top. Flip cake over onto serving plate and remove pan bottom.


  1. Well, it looks delicious!! Maybe the move deserves some chocolate!

  2. Your cake looks divine Lee! I'm drooling onto my laptop!

  3. Yum! Comfort food! Here's an extra HUG of comfort, too. At least obnoxious caveman downstairs is probably helping you feel that all the craziness associated with the move is for the best! :-) And, if you can still bake up a cake that looks THAT good, you are doing something right ;-)

  4. Thanks for the recipe, Lee! I will definitely make this one very soon. I love pineapple upside-down cake.

  5. Your welcome Jeannette! It was good but quite sweet.