Recipe by gobruijns
This recipe is from the children's book "Eight Animals Bake a Cake" by Susan Middleton Elya. We checked the book out from the library and were surprised to see a recipe at the end of the book. We made the cake the next day. A classic upside down cake. Delicious and beautiful.
TOPPING (to go in the bottom of the pan)
- 8 pineapple rings (canned or fresh)
- 8 maraschino cherries
- 8 -15 pecan halves (or 1/4 to 1/2 chopped pecans)
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- 1⁄2 cup packed brown sugar
BATTER (yellow cake mix can be used instead)
- 1 cup flour
- 3⁄4 cup white sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2⁄3 cup milk
- 1⁄3 cup butter
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
- In a 9" x 13" baking dish (I used a 9" round, I can't imagine the batter covering a 9x13 pan), arrange the eight pineapple rings on the bottom (I used 7).
- Put one cherry in the center of each ring.
- Place the pecans around the edges of the rings.
- Melt 1/4 cup butter in a small glass bowl for 30 seconds in the microwave. Stir in the brown sugar. Pour the mixture over the pineapple rings. Set dish aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, milk, 1/3 cup butter, egg, and vanilla. Beat for three minutes with a mixer. Then pour the mixture over the pineapple in the baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Let the cake cool. Cut into pieces and flip them onto serving plates, or flip the entire cake over onto a serving platter and slice.