Fresh Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Fresh Pineapple makes all the difference.

This slice of Fresh Pineapple Upside Down cake looks pretty unassuming, but don’t be fooled. It’s really good. Moist without being wet. Sweet without being cloying. And not crazy fattening either.

I always imagined Pineapple Upside Down Cake was something that would be found in a Betty Crocker cookbook, alongside Beef Stroganoff and Baked Alaska. Delicious but dated. This recipe is an updated take on the old classic. No boxed cake mix, obviously. But most importantly, it uses fresh pineapple. This recipe was adapted from the one on the Epicurious website.

Ingredients

1 2/3 (7 oz) cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 fresh pineapple, halved lengthwise, cored, and peeled
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup (3.5oz) packed light brown sugar
2/3 cup (4.7oz) granulated sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2/3 cup well-shaken buttermilk

Method

  1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat to 350°F.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder and soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Next, cut pineapple crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick wedges.
  4. Using a 1/2 stick of butter, grease a 9″ round (2″ deep) cake pan, lightly coat the sides of the pan and generously on the bottom.
  5. Then, evenly sprinkle the brown sugar atop the butter.
  6. Starting in the center, overlap the pineapple slices slightly.
  7. Beat together remaining stick of butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  8. Add 1 egg at a time, beating well after each addition.
  9. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk in batches. Begin and end with flour and mix just until batter is smooth.
  10. Spread batter evenly over pineapple and bake until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.
  11. Cool 15 minutes in pan on a rack.
  12. Invert cake onto a plate and remove pan.
  13. Cool to room temperature.

This Fresh Pineapple Upside Down Cake serves 10 people.
Approximately 329 calories per slice.

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