March 23, 2014

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I decided to write this blog post during the Witchita State versus Kentucky basketball game.  I get very nervous and excited during basketball games.  Witchita State is in the Missouri Valley Conference the same as my alma mater, Southern Illinois University.  We have watched them play for years, and Cudjoe and I are so excited for them and are rooting for them.  It's half-time as of this writing, and it has been a great game so far.

I made this Pineapple Upside Down Cake the first Sunday in March and am sharing it with you this basketball Sunday.  We had ice, sleet, and snow on the first Sunday in March, one of many winter storms we had here in this part of the country.   In other words, a great day to bake!  I had never, ever  made a Pineapple Upside Down Cake.  It is, for me, a truly "old school" cake.  I remember my mother making them when I was a little girl, and it was one of my many aunts go-to cakes.

I made a basic white cake mix from scratch.  I melted butter and poured it into an iron skillet and sprinkled the brown sugar on top of the melted butter.  I arranged the pineapple rings on top of the sugar, and placed a maraschino cherry in the hole in each pineapple.  Then I poured the cake batter over the pineapples.  I baked it in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Serve to family and friends!


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