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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Easter and Prom 037Each Easter, my mother and I bake a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. Why? Because as my mother was growing up, her mother would always bake one specifically for Easter and it was always my Grandma’s favorite. Likewise, while I have been growing up my mother has made one every Easter as well. And  more than likely, when I am grown up and have a family of my own, I will bake a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake each Easter to honor both my Grandma and mom.

I honestly cannot tell you why the cake is upside down. My theory is that it happened on accident one day to a baker and he/she thought it looked cool. This is the only Upside-Down Cake I have ever made. And if you have never baked a beautiful cake and then just flipped it over for no reason – I highly recommend you try it.

So here’s how it’s done:

What you’ll need:
Basic White Cake Mix (along with eggs, milk, etc.)
Pineapple Slices
Maraschino Cherries
Brown Sugar

Follow the directions on the back of the cake mix to come up with the base of the cake. You know the drill: crack the eggs, mix in the cake mix and the milk and all that jazz.

Now, take your cake pan and spray it with whatever cooking spray you use (or if you’re old fashioned, melt some butter over it). Next sprinkle a good amount of brown sugar all over the bottom of the pan. Take your pineapple slices and arrange them on top of the brown sugar. Hint: You want them close together, but not over lapping. Then take your cherries and put one in the middle of every pineapple slice.

All you do  now is pour your pre-prepared cake mix over the pineapples and cherries. Throw it in the oven for the amount of time on the box, or until it’s golden brown.

Now here’s the tricky part. It takes a lot practice to make this work AND make it look pretty. Immediately after you take the cake out of the oven, you have to flip it onto your serving plate. You can chose to place the serving plate over the cake pan and then flip both at the same time. But my mom usually just flips the cake pan straight onto the serving plate.

If it doesn’t turn out as pretty as you’d like it to be – don’t worry! It’s still going to take delicious. Plus, that just gives you a reason to make it again!