Sunday, October 13, 2013

Taste Buds: Cheaters Pineapple Upside Down Cake


Mr. Rogue wanted dessert for our anniversary, in particular he wanted pineapple upside down cake, something we had in Hawaii that was delicious. The problem was that he didn’t let me know ahead of time. Instead we were sitting in our comfy chairs watching a little tv when he turned to me, at 9 pm at night mind you, and said that he wished we could be eating pineapple upside-down cake right now. I smiled, OH go ahead throw down that white glove, I got this. Thank goodness I have a relatively well stocked kitchen. I had pineapple, I had cherries and well I had a yellow cake mix box. Looking online I found a modified recipe using the cake mix that I decided to try. Oh MY GOODNESS. I will never make this recipe from scratch again. It was the best I have ever had!

    RECIPE: Cheaters Pineapple Upside Down Cake
¼ cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 can pineapple slices (drain but reserve juice)
1 jar cherries
1 box yellow cake mix

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. 13x9 glass pan melt butter in the oven for a few minutes.
3. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over butter, put down the pineapple circles and stick the cherries in the center of the pineapple. Press down into the brown sugar.
4. Make the cake per the instructions on the box but substitute the water with the pineapple juice. If you don’t have enough juice fill the rest of what you need with water.
5. Pour cake batter over your cherries and pineapple.
6. Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in your cake comes out clean.
7. Immediately take a knife and cut around the cake edges. Take a platter or even a large cutting board and flip the cake pounding firmly. Leave the pan in place for about 5 minutes to allow all the goey brown sugar to fall back on the cake. Serve immediately or store at room temp for 24 hours.

Don’t worry about leaving it out for the day this cake just gets better and better. In fact I would make it the night before you plan to serve it to let the juices settle.

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