March 8, 2008

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Channeling Summer!

My parents were in Maui for a month! (lucky…..)  While they were away, I talked to my mom on the phone and she told me about the most wonderful Pineapple Upside Down Cake her friend made her.   I had to try it!

The recipe comes from one of our favorite restaurants in Maui- The Hali’imaile General Store.

mmmm pineapple.

I made this cake for the second-to-last Project Runway night at my house.  It was pretty simple to whip up and sooo scrumptious!  I had to give  away leftovers because I was too afraid to have that caramel beauty resting innocently on my kitchen counter.  You’ll see what I mean if you make it….

Pineapple Upside Down Cake (Beverly Gannon’s Recipe)

For the Cake:

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar  (original recipe called for 2 cups which made it way too sweet my mom said)
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature

Caramel Pineapple Topping:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 fresh pineapple cored and sliced (or 12 slices of canned pineapple rings)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

To prepare cake batter: Sift all dry ingredients together.  Combine milk, egg yolks and vanilla.  Soften butter to room temperature.  In a mixer, add butter to dry ingredients and mix slightly.  Scrap the sides of the bowl and continue to mix.  Gradually add the egg yolk mixture.  Mix until smooth.

To prepare the caramel: Melt butter to boiling.  Add sugar.  Mix until smooth and mixture is a light brown color.

Cut 12 slices of pineapple (or use canned slices like I did).  Pour the caramel mixture in an ungreased 12″x3″ round metal pan.  Layer the slices of pineapple on top of the caramel.  Next, pour the cake batter on top of the caramel and pineapple slices.  Leave about 1″ of room at the top of the pan to allow the cake to rise.  Bake for 35 minutes. Rotate and continue to bake for an additional 15 minutes or until center is cooked. Let rest in the pan for 15 minutes.  Invert slowly on the plate you intend to serve in on.  DIG IN!

pineapple upside down cake

This recipe makes one cake.  I didn’t have a 12″x 3″ pan, so I used a 9″x 3.”  I used about 3/4 of the caramel and 3/4 of the cake batter and it seemed to work fine.  You will also notice that I only used 7 of the pineapple slices.  I think the next time I make this (which is soon) I will try using a rectangular pan or a square pan.  The slices might look even better if they are perfect little squares.

I topped each slice with a little dose of Haagen-Dazs vanilla bean ice cream. Joyous!

love at first slice

The cake is a perfect combo of dense and fluffy! It’s the baking powder that does it!  Hope you love it too…and I hope that you get to channel some summer in your home.

March 3, 2008

i’m here- i swear

I’ve been hibernating from the computer the past few weeks (you might have noticed). I’m here now—I swear. Look for some treats soon. I’m gonna have something sweet share! I’m off to get some rest though…. See you soon!

missed you!

February 21, 2008

favorite non-food related bits of our trip:

shadow motel program contains graphic nature.

a little snippet blue drippages


February 19, 2008

we’re back

we're baaaaaaaaack

The hubby & I spent the past weekend in Vancouver. We ate at some really good places!

Photos to come!

February 11, 2008

in the past few days….

 I made us cinnamon sugar pancakes to celebrate a sunny Saturday morning:

happy saturday

I made a mixed berry sauce & topped them with maple syrup and butterrrrrrrr……..

pancakes are fun

so good!  i licked my plate clean:

a pancake was murdered here

-went to Ikea (bought mirror & awesome napkins)

-went to Home Depot for supplies

-had another frozen yogurt experience at Fraiche with my neighbors (yum! they loved it too!)

-went out for Indian food on Saturday night (so good! note to self- don’t eat Indian food that late AGAIN!)

-spent Sunday afternoon with a friend and had a little photo excursion while running errands

here’s some highlights:

no one talks to her



painted over graffiti sometimes produces nice results


color alley

and then we had some crepes at Ti Couz in the mission.  Love that place!

Here’s my mushroom crepe:

mushroom crepe

and a minty lemonade…..

lemon mint press

…and we stopped at Bittersweet and had some SUGAR:

mini cupcake

hardest ginger snap EVER

choco chai

It was a good/busy weekend.

We also watched most of the first season of 30 Rock (hilarious)

Did you have some good eats this weekend too?

February 5, 2008


Three things that helped me get through the day:

1. Tea with an old neighbor in my old ‘hood

2. Dinner courtesy of my mom. I heated up frozen sauce & meatballs my mom gave me. Her handwriting on the outside of the ziploc was soo cute! She wrote the meatball count: 12

spaghetti & meatballs!

I love her. She makes us chocolate suckers and sends them in the mail!

These are for Valentines Day:

my mom makes us valentine's candy

3. I started my morning with some yummy coffee & watched the squirrels play around the backyard

a glimpse of sun today

just another sunday

the anticipation kills me

so basically—Tea, Coffee & Meatballs helped me get through the day!

February 4, 2008


note to self: make more breakfasts like this one!


honey/cinnamon kashi with raspberries, a splash of half & half….and a drizzle of wildflower honey:

sunday breakfast

the secret: I added frozen raspberries to help cool down the oatmeal.  They melt right away! mmm