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Pineapple Upside Down Cake – with a twist

Pineapple Upside Down Cake – with a twist has a secret ingredient that adds a unique flavor and richness to this cake.

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What is The Secret Ingredient in this Pineapple Upside Down Cake?

The extra yum and extra flavor in this cake is from maple syrup. Not just maple syrup straight from the container. I boil the maple syrup down to make it an extra thick syrup that won’t turn the cake soggy. The flavor is sooo good that once you use maple syrup you won’t go back to brown sugar and butter. A word of advice; the maple syrup has to be real maple syrup. No artificial syrup allowed.

What you will need:

The topping is super simple. Four ingredients. Butter, maple syrup, canned pineapple slices, and maraschino cherries. Use unsweetened pineapple slices as the maple syrup topping will sweeten them to perfection.

The cake batter is a somewhat dense, rich, and moist cake. It is similar to a coffee cake. The cake needs to be a little dense because of the weight of the pineapple topping on the hot cake tends to compress it. A light fluffy cake wouldn’t hold up to the weight. However, I use cake flour instead of all-purpose flour. Also buttermilk instead of regular milk adds extra moisture to the cake.

The flavoring in the cake is a combination of lemon and vanilla. The lemon brightens the flavor and give the cake a little extra topical vibe.

How to Make the Cake - Step by Step

Make the Topping:

  1. Boil 1 cup of maple syrup down to 3/4 of a cup.  When the syrup cools, it will become super thick. That is what should happen.
  2. Cover a 10 in baking pan with a piece of parchment an add add the syrup and butter mixture. Arrange the pineapple and maraschino cherries.

Make the Cake:

  1. Mix together the dry ingredients and set aside.
  2. For this cake you don’t need a stand mixer. A hand held mixer works great to cream the butter and sugar together. It is also used to beat in the eggs and flavoring.
  3. Alternate the flour mixture with the buttermilk. Add in 3 batches each starting  with the milk and ending with the flour.
  4. Don’t overmix the batter, a spatula works great for mixing in the milk and flour.

Bake and Serve the Cake

  1. Spoon the batter (it is thick) over the pineapple slices in the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. To prevent overbrowning, cover with foil and bake another 15 minutes.  45 minutes total.

Make the Cake:

  1. Mix together the dry ingredients and set aside.
  2. For this cake you don’t need a stand mixer. A hand held mixer works great to cream the butter and sugar together. It is also used to beat in the eggs and flavoring.
  3. Alternate the flour mixture with the buttermilk. Add in 3 batches each starting  with the milk and ending with the flour.
  4. Don’t overmix the batter, a spatula works great for mixing in the milk and flour.

Bake and Serve the Cake

  1. Spoon the batter (it is thick) over the pineapple slices in the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. To prevent overbrowning, cover with foil and bake another 15 minutes. 45 minutes total.
  2. Let the cake cook 15 minutes before inverting onto a serving platter.
  3. Loosen the edges of the cake from the pan. To invert, cover the cake with a platter to form a cake pan, cake platter sandwich. Then flip the cake over onto the platter. Remove the cake pan – carefully – the cake is still very hot.
  4. The cake is best when served fresh and warm. What isn’t better fresh and warm?

For another dessert idea try Creamy Cheese Cake  or  Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake.

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake - With a Twist

Pineapple upside-down cake has a twist. The topping is a condensed maple syrup instead of traditional brown sugar. The syrup gives the cake a depth and richness that is memorable.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake with fruit, pineapple cake, pineapple upside down cake
Servings: 10
Calories: 428kcal

Equipment

  • 10 inch deep dish pie plate of 10 inch cake pan

Ingredients

Pineapple Topping

  • 1 cup Maple Syrup
  • 10 Pineapple Rings
  • Maraschino Cherries (about 20)
  • 2 tbsp melted Butter

Cake

  • cups Cake Flour (180g)
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt
  • ½ cup Unsalted Softened Butter (113g)
  • ¾ cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Lemon Extract
  • ½ cup Buttermilk
  • 2 Eggs Room Temperature

Instructions

Pineapple Topping

  • Gently boil the 1 cup of maple syrup to reduce it to 3/4 of a cup of very thick syrup.
  • Line the bottom of the pie or cake place with a piece of parchment.
  • Add the melted butter and thickened maple syrup to the dish. Stir to mix.
  • Arrange the pineapple slices and maraschino cherries in the dish. (see the picture of a finished cake) Set Aside

Make the Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (170 degrees C)
  • Mix together the cake flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • With a hand or stand mixer beat the sugar and the butter until fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mix well after each egg.
  • Add the vanilla and lemon and mix in.
  • Alternate the flour with the buttermilk. Add 1/3 at a time and mix in by hand after each addition. Begin and end with the flour. An electric mixer will over-mix the batter.
  • Spoon the batter on top of the prepared pineapple and cherries in the pie dish. Spread to evenly fill the pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes and then cover with a piece of foil and bake another 15 minutes. The total baking time is 45 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes before inverting on a serving place. Best when eaten fresh and warm.

Video

Notes

Store in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 182mg | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 817IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 2mg
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