Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes

This is my birthday cake of choice.  Hold the chocolate cake for me—all I need is fruit cooked in syrupy brown sugar.

 

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Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes
 
Makes 2 cakes in 10-ounce ramekins.
Ingredients
For the pineapple topping:
  • 4 pineapple rings
  • 4 pecan halves (or maraschino cherries, your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, plus extra for greasing ramekins
  • 8 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar for ramekins
For the cakes:
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 8 teaspoons white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup unbleached flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup buttermilk
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and butter and sugar two 8-ounce ramekins.
  2. First make the pineapple topping: In a small skillet over medium-low heat, melt the brown sugar and the butter. When the sugar is melted, divide between the two ramekins.
  3. Then, place one pineapple ring in the center of each ramekin. Slice up the remaining rings and arrange around the whole ring in order to cover the entire bottom of the ramekin. In the middle ring, place one pecan half with the curved side up. Split the remaining pecan halves to fill the other gaps in the pineapple rings. Set aside while making the cake batter.
  4. In a medium bowl, beat together the butter and sugar using an electric mixer.
  5. Add the extracts, then the egg, mixing well.
  6. Add the flour, pinch of salt, and baking powder. Beat well.
  7. Finally, add the buttermilk. Once combined, divide the batter evenly between the ramekins and bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Let cool 10-15 minutes before inverting onto plates.

Comments

  1. says

    Ha, today is my wife’s birthday, and here you go talking about birthday cake. :)

    That does look really good, but I think she is a bit too much of a choco-holic to pass on the chocolate cake. Sounds great for another day though!

  2. Ivonne says

    I’m not sure why but I’ve been thinking a lot about pineapple upside down cake lately even though I’ve never made it. Looks delicious!

  3. says

    I love all cakes but Pineapple Upside Down cake is one of my favorites. I did them as cupcakes but they sure look cute made in little ramekins. I can almost smell them :)

  4. says

    I love all cakes but Pineapple Upside Down cake is one of my favorites. I did them as cupcakes but they sure look cute made in little ramekins. I can almost smell them :)

  5. says

    I love all cakes but Pineapple Upside Down cake is one of my favorites. I did them as cupcakes but they sure look cute made in little ramekins. I can almost smell them :)

  6. Jessica says

    I’ve been craving pineapple upside down cake for months, but didn’t want to be tempted by a whole pan full of it. I made pineapple teriyaki turkey burgers for my boyfriend and I, and had leftover pineapple. I did a quick search and found the perfect two serving cake recipe. It was just great. Super fast, super easy and very very tasty. Thanks so much! I will absolutely be using this recipe again!

  7. ki. says

    Hi,

    Could you tell me what the height and diameter of your 10 ounce ramekins are? I live outside the US and am wondering what size ramekins to buy for this cake.

    Thanks :-)

  8. Dena says

    Made these this weekend for my dad for father’s day. They were very tasty, but the cake part is very dense.

  9. Doris says

    Could you use crushed pineapple with these instead of the rings? Looks like a very good recipe, and since I live alone, would make just enough for me!

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