It's Friday!!! :D
You know what that means don'tcha. Get your mail and banking done cause Monday is Presidents' Day.
o.0 I thought it was this Monday. But Cookie set me straight after I had a panic attack. I'm gonna blame her mum for this. Trust me.
So far the week has been good. In fact the last several weeks have been good. Much Fun. Much Happiness. *happy otter dance*
Yesterday I made a Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Actually I made two.
Here's the first one. It was for my Honey. Clickety Biggety.
He loves Pineapple Upside Down Cake. He is a fiend for it. Much the same way MonkeySocks' Dad is a fiend for Pie. Heh. The honey was kind enough to let me have a small taste of his cake to see what it was like before I left the house with the other cake. I was messing around with the recipe again and wanted to make sure it was good. It was, and now there isn't anymore of his cake left.
There was one piece left by the time I got home around 8:30. He told me this morning that he saved it for me in case I wanted some. *snort*
I told him I'd give him the piece of cake if he went and got me coffee. (He would have anyway, and I was planning on letting him have the cake since he loves it so much, but it was funnier this way.) He agreed and that piece pf cake didn't last another minute before it was totally gone. He's a Pineapple Upside Down Cake fiend I tell ya. *L*
Since I finally have the recipe where I want it I'll share it with y'all. :D
Otter's Faboo Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Upside Down Topping
1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup packed golden brown sugar
1 1/2 cans pineapple rings (12 rings for my 13 x 9 in baking pan)
Small Jar Marachino Cherries
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup raw sugar
1/3 cup room temp butter or shortening (I made yesterdays with Crisco shortening)
3/4 cup 2% or nonfat milk
1/4 cup pineapple juice (from canned rings)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350°. Coat your baking sheet with a thin layer of butter to keep the cake fro sticking. I'd also suggest lining the bottom with wax paper to keep the pineapple topping from sticking. (set aside 1/4 cup of the pineapple juice for cake mix)
In a small skillet on the stove slowly melt your butter. (or microwave) Once melted pour into your buttered and wax papered baking pan. Spread evenly. Sprinkle brown sugar even over the bottom. Next gently place your pineapple rings in the bottom on the baking pan, on top of the butter and brown sugar. Then place a cherry in the center of each ring. You can also put one in any other open space. That's what I do since my honey likes extra cherries. :D
Set prepared topping pan to side.
In a mixing bowl combine cake ingredients. Mix until smoothly blended.
Gently so as not to disturb topping layer, pour prepared cake batter into baking pan.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes until a butter knife or toothpick can be poked in and removed cleanly. (without any wet batter sticking to it)
This next step is really important if you want your topping to come off smoothly along with the cake.
Immediately turn your hot baking pan over onto a cookie sheet or appropriate sized serving dish. (If using a serving dish it'll have to be heat resistant)
Leave the cake sheet upside down on top of the cake for a few minutes. After a few minutes carefully and with an oven mitt you can gently remove the baking pan from the cake. Do this slowly making sure the cake has come off in one nice piece. Next gently remove the wax paper. If a few cherries pop off the side just put them back into pace with your butter knife. ;^)
There you go an easy to make yummy almost, but not quite healthy dessert treat. :D
The honey isn't a huge fan of white sugar and white bleached flour so I'm always looking for ways of making things that he will love and can feel okay about at the same time. I've made this with honey before and it was super yummy. I've also made it with maple syrup for the topping. That was yummy. That time I replaced the cherries with Macadamia nuts. SO GOOD! :D Another time I replaced the cherries with Blueberries. That was yummy too. So you can pretty much take the basic concept of this recipe and change it around to whatever you want. Apple upside down cake, peach, whatever floats your boat. Plus it's just plain easy to make. It's also a good cake for people who don't like icing. :D
Oh and to those of you who weren't able to attend the knit meeting last night, the large cake went to that and it was yummy. *GRIN*
The honey saw the two cakes and knew one of them was his. When I started wrapping up the larger rectangular cake he asked me why I was taking his cake. *giggles* He's so cute. His birthday is next month so he'll get another cake then. And if he's lucky I'll make him fried fish to go with it. (That's one of his favorite things that I rarely make.)
Now I really want some nice and cinnamony apple upside down cake... Maybe when I get back from Cincy I'll make it. :D
Oh and in Pink Dream Sock News, both heals are now turned and I'm ready to start the gussets! Wheeeeeeeee!