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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

5 Apr

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

As long as I can remember, my dad and I have shared a love of pineapple. We always had a container of the fresh fruit cut up at all times, or backup cans in the pantry in case the ones at the market weren’t quite ripe enough.
One day, I took to the kitchen to find out what dessert I could make that would feature pineapple. We tried making cookies, but they were definitely out of the question, because they were so soggy! The combination of pineapple and chocolate didn’t appeal to us, so brownies and fudge cake were not an option either. Finally, we settled on vanilla cake. What could be better than making my favorite fruit into cake form? It was then that our version of pineapple upside down cake was born.
Years later, I’m still tweaking the recipe, adding spices and extra pineapple juice for a richer flavor, but it’s still the first recipe that my dad and I worked together on.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

4 eggs
½ cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 can sliced pineapple
1 cup cake flour, sifted
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp clove
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp melted butter

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Take melted ½ cup of butter and pour over bottom of a 10 inch cake pan. Sprinkle brown sugar over butter and lay out pineapple slices evenly.
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
Separate the egg yolks and whites into two bowls. In one bowl, beat egg whites just until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating well after each addition. Beat until stiff peaks form. In another bowl, beat egg yolks at high speed until very thick and yellow. Gently fold egg yolks and flour mixture into whites until barely combined. Fold in the 1 tablespoon melted butter. Spread batter evenly over pineapple in pan. Bake for 30 minutes, and cool before flipping out of pan!


What I Want for Christmas: A Quirky Wish List for the Innovative Baker

22 Dec

bf8b1bd4ef819bd35c28b0e601ff4c57Half the fun of having kitchen gadgets is showing them off. Look! I made a batch of brownies that are all edge pieces. Here’s a list of funky baking goodies for the baker who has everything:

Bake two pies at once, a pie tin for indecisive cravings.

Sample your cake before you share it with this “piece for the baker” cake pan.

Bake a cake in any shape you mold with this innovative cake pan.

Never slice again, or just make many slices differently with this portioned cake pan.

Are you a fan of edge pieces? Exclude the middle with this brownie, blondie or cornbread maker.

Do all your measuring with one cup. Adjustable amounts and easy to pop into the bowl (a great tool for sticky substances like shortening).

Bake a mustache cake for your ironically inclined friends.

Empty your cupcake center neatly and fill it back up.

I didn’t even know cakesicles existed, but now you can make them (handles included!)

Put the baking tray right on a rack, a great cooling method for a tiny kitchen.

Have a great holiday with your new gadgets!

[ Photo via Koyal Wholesale ]

Commandeered Apple Cake

23 Aug

Emily has made Apple cake dozens of times, both with her mother and on her own since she was too young to use a knife to cut the apples. Though her mother originally got the recipe from of a friend of hers, it has been totally co-opted and claimed as her own. Through her experience in making this recipe, Emily can answer all of the questions you’ve pondered in previous apple cake attempts.

This apple cake helped Emily connect with her mother. Every time either of them makes the cake, they call each other to discuss the outcome. Here are some of the things they have figured out along the way.

What type of apple works best? Honey crisp for a sweet cake, granny smith for more tartness, a mix to spice things up.

How does the cake turn out if you peel the apples? Don’t bother; it’s much better with the skins for texture and it also keeps the apples from getting mushy.

What happens when you accidentally put an extra cup of sugar in the mix? It becomes very tasty with a super crunchy top, but will induce a sugar crash.

Finally, what is the best way to reheat it? Her mother is a microwave fan and Emily swears by the toaster oven.

Commandeered Apple Cake Recipe

  • 3 cups Flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 cups unpeeled, chopped apples (any variety)
  • 1 cup walnuts (optional)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 350˚.  Sift dry ingredients, then mix in apples and nuts. Mix in other ingredients until all flour is incorporated.

Pour into a greased bunt or tube pan. Do NOT smooth out the top—the bumps and ridges get crispy.

Bake for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

An important equipment note for this recipe is the need for a bunt pan. The batter is so dense that it will not cook all the way through any other way. One alternative for those without a bunt pan is to make “apple cake muffins” which cook up much more quickly (about 20 minutes, or until golden brown on top).

This apple cake started as a Rosh Hashanah treat, using apples to celebrate the Jewish New Year, but can be used for any occasion. It works particularly well as a birthday cake for lactose intolerant bosses. Also, because it’s parve (not meat or dairy), it can be brought to almost any Jewish dinner party. Most importantly, it’s easy (it’s the only recipe Emily has memorized) and is a big crowd pleaser. To serve, You won’t need any accoutrements to go with it, no sauces or whipped cream, that would just ruin the purity of awesomeness that is this apple cake.

Photo by Silar (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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