Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Total Time:
1 hr 35 min
Prep:
35 min
Cook:
1 hr

Yield:
10 servings

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large pineapple, cored, sliced into 1/3-inch rings (about 10)
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • For the cake:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Tahitian vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup fresh pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
Directions

Combine butter and brown sugar in a 12-inch cast iron skillet and heat until bubbly. Add pineapple and caramelize to a deep golden brown, turning once. Remove from skillet and set aside. Pour rum and cream into a skillet and cook over low heat 5 minutes, until thickened, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat.

Butter a 10-inch round cake pan and line with parchment paper. Arrange pineapple rings to cover bottom of pan. Pour cooled sauce over pineapple and set pan aside.

Sift together flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Set aside

In a large bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla. Combine pineapple juice and buttermilk. Alternately add sifted dry ingredients and juice/buttermilk mixture to creamed mixture (begin and end with dry ingredients.) Whip egg whites to soft peaks and fold into batter. Bake at 350 degrees about 1 hour, or until a tester comes out clean. Invert onto a serving platter.


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