I’ve always wanted to try pineapple upside down cake. Everyone I know who has ever tried it has loved it. A lot. It’s the sort of recipe that you mention and people’s eyes light up and their mouths go slack and you see the first sparkle of drool just starting to show and you know that it must be a very good thing.
And then you spend the next six months piecing together recipes that you find and coming up with something you suppose will be good.
And it is.
Unfortunately, February’s weather has declared war on my food photography.
It also hasn’t helped my cause that I’ve had all kinds of unphotogenic baking experiences this month–Dorie’s Perfect Party Cake, an ugly-but-delicious sweet potato/white potato gratin, very most especially hideous-but-tasty cookies…I could go on…but I won’t.
I’ll just get to the goods. Just bear in mind that the weather was whining on the day that I made the cake, so this is the best the pictures got!
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
1c packed brown sugar
1 (20oz) can pineapple slices
1 3/4c sugar
1c butter at room temperature
3/4c sour cream
1 1/2c flour + 3 Tbsp cornstarch
6Tbsp ground almonds
3/4tsp baking powder
Make topping by melting sugar and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture is bubbly. Try not to overcook, as mixture will lump or be hard. Bleh. Pour mixture into a 10″ pan sprayed heavily with cooking spray. Arrange pineapple slices over the caramel mixture.
To make cake, beat sugar and butter together till light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time beating after each egg. Beat in vanilla. Whisk together flour, cornstarch, ground almonds, baking powder and salt. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the sugar/butter mixture. Add half of the sour cream, 1/3 of the flour, other half of sour cream and last of the flour. Pour batter over caramel and pineapple in the pan.
Bake at 325 for 60-80 minutes or until cake tests clean with a toothpick. Allow cake to rest in pan on top of a cooling rack for about 10 minutes. Invert onto a platter or plate.