Football! Week 9 – Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Whew… a close one. When I started this series of posts, I was damn sure I would win hands down every week. I mean, an avid football fan (granted one who only follows one team) should be able to pick more NFL games correctly than a fruit or vegetable – aka pure chance. For the second time, we tied. But hey, I didn’t lose so last week’s Pineapple is this week’s…
Fresh Pineapple Upside Down Cake
I stole this one from Epicurious.
- 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 fresh pineapple, halved lengthwise, cored, and peeled
- 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2/3 cup well-shaken buttermilk
- Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.
- Sift together flour, baking powder and soda, and salt into a bowl. Cut pineapple crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick wedges.
- Butter a 9-inch round cake pan (2 inches deep) lightly on side and generously on bottom of pan using 1/2 stick butter. Sprinkle all of brown sugar evenly over bottom and arrange pineapple over it, starting in center of pan and overlapping slices slightly.
- Beat together remaining stick butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes, then add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk in batches, beginning and ending with flour and mixing just until batter is smooth.
- Spread batter evenly over pineapple and bake until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool 15 minutes in pan on a rack, then invert cake onto a plate and remove pan. Cool to room temperature.
The only modification I did to this was cut the pineapple into smaller pieces so that I can get all artsy on you. I figured if I’m going to rip-off a recipe, I should at least make it nice looking.
I just remembered that I had a couple pineapple recipes I did for The Sicilian’s Aloha Night party a few months ago – braised Hawaiian pork shoulder and a grilled pineapple dessert. So if the upside down cake isn’t your bag, those were pretty good.
Week 9 Picks
This week’s guest is a pomegranate, which is currently in season and dirt cheap at your local grocer.
I figured I’d continue with the artsy theme and use the Hipstamatic app to take the picture. It involved no work and people have a hard-on for these types of pics. Another thing that gets people excited are my football picks. So here they are… Go Bears!