Bright red cherries that make the cake pop!
Mmmm pineapple, one of my favorite fruits!
Brown sugar and buttery goodness!
The idea of cooking a cake upside down is an old technique that started many centuries ago when cakes were cooked in cast iron skillets. It was simple to add various types of fruit and sugar in the bottom of a pan and then top it off with a simple cake batter and cook it over a fire. The history of the use of pineapple in an upside-down cake came about sometime after 1911 when James Dole's engineer invented a machine to cut his pineapple into rings, producing canned pineapple. Soon, the convenient pineapple rings were used in this old technique of the skillet cake.
This pineapple upside-down cake has the perfect combination of flavors and textures. The cake is very moist, has a tender crumb, and has a slight kick from the use buttermilk. It has a rich, sweet, sticky, and caramel flavored topping from the melted butter and brown sugar combo, which is my favorite part, and the pineapple and sweet topping complement each other very well. This is a delicious, melt-in-your-mouth cake that makes such a beautiful presentation.
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake: (Brown Eyed Baker)
Makes one 9-inch cake
-7 slices canned unsweetened pineapple, (20-ounce can)
-3 tablespoons unsalted butter
-3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
-19 maraschino cherries
-2 large eggs
-2 tablespoons buttermilk
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
-1 cup all-purpose flour
-3/4 cup granulated sugar
-3/4 teaspoon baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, softened
-6 tablespoons buttermilk
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Have ready a 9x2-inch round cake pan. Drain pineapple and place in one layer on paper towels to absorb excess juice.
2. Place the 3 tablespoons unsalted butter in the cake pan. Place the pan in the oven until the butter is melted. Tilt to coat all sides with butter. The extra butter will settle in the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the bottom of the pan.
3. Place one pineapple ring in the center of the pan and arrange six more around it. Pace the cherries in the center of each ring and in the spaces between them.
4. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, 2 tablespoons of buttermilk and vanilla with a fork.
5. In a mixer bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter and 6 tablespoons of buttermilk. Beat on low speed just until the flour is moistened, then increase the speed to medium, or high if using a handheld mixer, and beat for exactly 1 1/2 minutes. The batter will be stiff. Add on-third of the egg mixture at a time, beating for exactly 20 seconds and scraping the bowl after each addition. Scrape the batter over the fruit in the pan and spread evenly.
6. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean, 35-40 minutes. Remove the cake from oven and tilt the pan in all directions to detach it from the sides of the pan. Let cool for 2 to 3 minutes before unmolding.
7. Invert a serving platter on top of the pan. Cover your hands with oven mitts and turn the cake onto the platter. Lift off the pan. If any pineapple or cherry pieces askew, use a fork to push them back into place. If any brown sugar is left in the pan, scrape it up and spoon it over the cake. Serve warm or cool.