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Week 5 – Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Jonathan’s Part:

This week’s dessert is such a classic, that we just couldn’t pass on the opportunity to try it this week. This is a recipe that my mom’s used for years, and I just love it! I was a little concerned about the actual “inversion” of the cake, but when the time came, it went off without a hitch. Instead of using a 9-inch cake pan, I  decided to use a 9-inch springform pan. I thought it would be easier to invert the cake, and I was right. I also greased the pan, (which is omitted from the recipe), and that helped as well. The Caramel stuck to the bottom of the pan a little, but it came off with a little persuasion. I was also skeptical with the use of shortening instead of butter, as I’m not a huge fan. But, it served to be a good ingredient in this recipe. All in all, I am very glad to have tried this recipe, and will continue to make it in the future!


Karen’s Part:

Here is my recipe for a perfect fall Sunday:  a nap, a DetroitLions win and pineapple upside down cake.  Seriously, for some reason, that cake is comfort food to me.  That’s why when Jonathan said, “I’d like to try pineapple upside down cake this week,” I didn’t hesitate with a rowdy, “YES!”


So, as this was a repeat recipe for me, I knew what I was doing.  That was nice.  I’m constantly proud of Chef Jonathan for trying new things!  I like this recipe because you’re making your own cake which always comes out fluffy and light.  The sweetness of the pineapple mixed with the subtle sweet charm of the cake is a gathering of delights in your mouth.  No wonder it’s comfort food to me!


I have to mention that this recipe is taken from my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook that my mom bought me for a bridal shower present 25 years ago.  Of all of the sources available to me now-a-days, I still go back to this cookbook many times. As for the actual making, I didn’t cut the pineapple as I like to put the little maraschino cherries in the centre of each whole piece.  Other than that, I followed the recipe directly.


Here is the recipe! Enjoy!


Granseth, Sandra. “Chapter 5 – Cakes.” Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book.Des Moines,IA: Meredith, 1981. 93. Print.