Sunday, October 9, 2011

Loaded Pineapple-Upside-Down Cake


1 Pillsbury Moist Supreme Pineapple cake mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 20 oz can pineapple slices, drained
*Maraschino cherries*
1 cup water
1/3 cup oil
3 eggs
**1/2-1 cup crushed pineapple - excess juice removed**
**1/2-1 cup chopped walnuts**(or Sweet Caramel Sprinkle in my case)

Follow mixing instructions on box, adding the crushed pineapple and walnuts (sprinkle) to the batter prior to pouring into baking dish.

We are barely into October and I am sick of Halloween candy already. Sick of it I tell you.

So it was time to bake a cake. Not just any cake. But a really, really good cake.

So with fond thoughts to my brother, I decided it would be a Loaded Pineapple-Upside-Down Cake. Makes my mouth water just to say it!

I started off melting the butter to combine with the cup of brown sugar as directed on the side of the box. While that was melting for mixing, I started pulling the pineapple out of the cabinet. Choices, choices!

I decided on the crushed pineapple in natural juice, no sugar added to go in the batter and the pineapple slices in natural juice, no sugar added for the top. The Skinny Pineapple in splenda...well, we'll save it for another day!

I also decided to add some chopped walnuts. Unfortunately, the last batch of Magic Cookie Bars used all the walnuts, so I grabbed what was left of the Pampered Chef Sweet Caramel Sprinkle. And poured it all into the batter. That and the 1 cup of crushed pineapple were the only extra add-ins today.

Before adding the batter to the baking dish, I assembled The Top. In my opinion, the best part of any Pineapple-Upside-Down Cake. The melted sugar and butter go in first, next the pineapple rings and finally whole maraschino cherries with the stems removed. Yummm!

Then I covered that beautiful Top with the creamy pineapple loaded batter.

Into the 350 degree oven for the next 45 minutes.

Now all that was left was to wait.

Waiting can be a challenge when your house smells like cake. Not just any cake either - this is a really, really good cake!

Wish my brother was here to share, but since he's not I'll eat a piece for him. Because I love him! That's my story anyway...

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