Monday, February 11, 2013

Pineapple Cake

This month my assignment for Secret Recipe Club was:

Dagny of Whisked Away.

Right away Dagny's Breakfast category pulled me in.  I noticed lots of cakey things...coffee cakes, muffins, fruit breads...and quickly decided to make this Pineapple CakeAnd I only needed two ingredients from the store!


This is a fairly quick and easy cake to pull together, I was interested to see how cooking the pineapple before adding the cake batter affected the outcome.  I didn't seem to have a ton of cake batter, so was a little concerned how it would all turn out (not too easy to spread over the pineapple/brown sugar liquidy mixture).

I should not have worried!  The cake crept over to the edges while baking and covered all the pineapple.  I was surprised given the butter and my nonstick pan that any pineapple stuck to the pan at all when I turned it out, but it did.  I just smoothed it back into the cake, which I suppose is easier than fitting the round slices back into their places on the cake.


This is a beautiful cake, different than a traditional pineapple upside down cake, but with similarly delicious flavors.  I know I will be making it again! 


Pineapple Cake
Via Whisked Away, originally adapted from Food and Wine Magazine

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup crushed pineapple, juices drained

3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
 1/2 cup sour cream
 
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter an 8-inch or 9-inch round cake pan.  Sprinkle the bottom with 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar.

In a large skillet, combine the remaining 3/4 cup of brown sugar with the 1/2 stick of butter and the vanilla  and cook over moderately low heat until the butter is melted. Add the pineapple and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and pour mixture into bottom of the pan.

In a bowl, beat 1 stick butter with the granulated sugar.  Add the eggs and vanilla, then the sour cream.  In another bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Add to the wet ingredients and beat until smooth.

Spoon the batter over the pineapple mixture and spread it evenly. Bake for about 40 minutes, until the cake is deep golden. Let cool for 5 minutes on a rack. Run a knife around the edge of the cake, invert it onto a plate and remove the pan. Replace any pineapple that may have stuck to the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.


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9 comments:

Danielle said...

That cakes looks delish!

shelley c. said...

Oh, yum - that pineapple cake looks ooey, gooey and delicious. Great choice.

Heather said...

That looks great and I like how it's different than pineapple upside down cake. Great SRC choice!

Heather said...

That looks so good! Great SRC choice!

Jennifer Sikora said...

Pineapple anything is always delicious!!

colleen said...

This looks awesome. Great job and I'm intrigued at cooking the pineapple down first. Pinning to try soon!

Miz Helen said...

Pineapple is my Husbands favorite, we will love this cake.
Happy Valentine Day!
Miz Helen
SRC Group B

Jennifer said...

Mmmm yummy! I love pineapple.

Jeannie Tay said...

Hi! First time I am visiting and I love that Pineapple cake of yours! Looks so moist and delicious! Lovely blog!

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