Just a quick blog today because I am getting everything ready for my big fat Have Some Decorum Home sale on Monday.
However, I couldn’t let Fourth of July go by without giving you my great-grandmother’s pineapple upside down cake recipe! This cake is the perfect complement to any summer barbecue.
Speaking of Fourth of July and summer barbecues, what are all of you making? Do you stick to old favorites or do you try something new? I like to do both.
Okay, here are two recipes for pineapple upside down cake. First my great-grandmothers via my mother, Anne, and then second, a delicious one from Saveur magazine.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
This is really easy and taste great. Best served warm with Ice Cream.
1 package of yellow cake mix
1 can of slice pineapples
1 jar of red cherries with stem
1 cup of brown sugar
1 stick of butter
In a heavy skillet melt the butter. When melted add the cup of brown sugar. Might need to add more brown sugar to have it like a paste texture. Not to thin. If you would like to add a little cinnamon to the brown sugar you can or nutmeg....Pat it down flat. Remove from burner. Add the pineapple slices in a circle in the pan until it is completely covered. Put a cherry in the middle of the pineapple rings. Without the stem.
Make the cake mix according to the package. Now pour the cake mix into the pan with all of the good stuff. Might not use all of it.
Bake in a 350 oven for what the instructions on the cake have. About 30 minutes? Take it out when a toothpick comes out clean.
You want it to be moist.
Now take a large plate that you are going to serve the cake on and place it on top of the skillet and invert the cake into the serving dish. A little tricky but this way the pineapple topping is on up and it looks fabulous! Don't let the cake cool to long before you invert it on the plate. Best done warm. Enjoy... Anne
Can make great little individual cupcakes this way also.....
Pineapple Upside Down Cake via Saveur Magazine.
Click HERE for recipe.
Happy Fourth of July!
*Something you don’t know about me? My little Graciecakes left early Wednesday morning to fly back to the states to see her grandparents, her second father (long story) and all of her friends in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles for three weeks! I was a nervous wreck thinking of her flying over the Atlantic, let alone flying at all. I didn’t sleep a wink Tuesday night. Gracie, on the other hand, couldn’t wait to leave. Gracie is making this trip her culinary tour of America because, as you know, she is starving in Paris. She has told me at least 300 times that the second she lands in California she will be going to a drive-through In-N-Out Burger and ordering animal fries, followed by a Wendy’s Frosty, a red velvet Sprinkles Cupcake, a Santa Barbara Los Arroyos burrito, and Whole Foods salad bar. She said also that she will is looking forward to going to a “regular grocery store” where she can buy Cinnamon Life cereal, regular milk that is refrigerated, and sliced pepper turkey. As disgusting as all of that is, when it is not available, it’s all you want. Gracie will be visiting with my mother, her grandmother. Let me tell you, she’s in for a treat. Not only does my mother spoil her and cook for morning, noon and night but she also makes Gracie laugh hysterically. Why? Because my mother says the funniest things but she just doesn’t know how funny it is until she sees all of us laughing. I asked Gracie to chronicle the best of my mother this week so I could share it all with you. Even before Gracie left Wednesday, my mother made us laugh. Gracie asked my mother if she could take her to get a smoothie as soon as her plane lands. My mother said, “Of course Gracie, we will go to Jambalaya Juice right away.” For those of you who don’t know, it’s just called Jamba Juice. Stay tuned for a wacky week.
P.S . I just want to tell all of you how much I appreciate all of your emails and all of the comments that you leave on the blog. To be honest, I’m having a bit of an emotional crisis because I want to respond to every email and every comment because you know I never run out of things to say but unfortunately with ALS, my voice may run out of steam so I have to protect it a little bit… So, I cannot respond to every email and every comment. Don’t take it personally. It’s a “me” thing. However, keep the comments coming and keep the emails coming because I read every single one and it makes my day to hear from you. Is it weird that I consider all of you my friends?