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Classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

 Classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
A classic recipe like this never goes out of style! It’s delicious with the traditional pineapple, but try it with peaches or a combination of cranberries and orange. —Bernardine Melton, Paola, Kansas
9 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 can (20 ounces) sliced pineapple
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 9 maraschino cherries

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. In an ungreased 9-in.-square baking pan,
  • combine butter and brown sugar. Drain pineapple, reserving 1/3 cup
  • juice. Arrange 9 pineapple slices in a single layer over sugar
  • (refrigerate any remaining slices for another use). Sprinkle pecans
  • over pineapple; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and lemon-colored.
  • Gradually add sugar, beating well. Blend in vanilla and reserved
  • pineapple juice. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to
  • batter, beating well.

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Classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a small bowl with clean beaters, beat egg whites on high speed
  • until stiff peaks form; fold into batter. Spoon into pan.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out
  • clean. Let stand 10 minutes before inverting onto serving plate.
  • Place a cherry in the center of each pineapple slice. Yield: 9
  • servings.
Peach Upside-Down Cake: Omit the pineapple, pecans and cherries. Drain 1 can (15 ounces) sliced peaches, reserving 1/3 cup juice. Arrange peaches over brown sugar. Substitute reserved peach juice for the pineapple juice. Cranberry Orange Upside-Down Cake: Omit the pineapple, pecans and cherries. Sprinkle 1 cup halved fresh or frozen cranberries and 1 chopped peeled orange over brown sugar. Substitute 1/3 cup orange juice for the pineapple juice.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 361 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 88 mg cholesterol, 193 mg sodium, 58 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.